MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Mes rate: Bottle at HogTownHarry Fest ’08
Cloudy mid brown with a good off white head and plenty of lace. Adorable sandalwood aroma with slight sour notes. Doesn’t smell like beer really but it’s certainly gorgeous. Flavour is very similar but just not quite so good. Lovely fruity notes and a pleasing dryness and more strong sandalwood. Just not enough character or sourness compared to the aroma.
blankboy (6400) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (375ml) shared with HogTownHarry, tupalev & GregClow -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy copper-brown with lots of floaties and a spare diminishing tan head. Mild aroma with a light tartness, malt, yeast, burnt sugar and alcohol. Flavour’s also mild, not much flavour there. There’s light tart fruit, lightly toasted sweet malt and some alcohol in the finish. Medium bodied. Nothing bad about this, it’s just pretty dull, I wouldn’t bother buying it.
Gorbalev (2981) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Leftovers of Harry’s bottle. Rusty brown, small white head. Mild malt aroma. Good taste - malty brown ale, some really nice sweetness, some spices, and a hint of tartness. Alcohol creeps in at then end. I love the sour as a world class beer but on its own this is prettty good.
GregClow (2937) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle tolerated with HogTownHarry, blankboy & tupalev - HogTownHarry’s bottle. Hazy brown-red with some little floaties and a small head. Aroma is quite malty, a faint tartness, and a dry edge. Medium body. Flavour of mild, sweet malt with a bit of roast, and a quick, vaguely herbal finish. Simple stuff, not bad, but the soured version is so much better.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (375ml - green). Shared with blankboy and GregClow, my bottle via boutip. Murky brick red/brown pour, small frothy off-white head. The aroma is dry caramel malt, a bit leafy and a hint of lemon sourness - somewhat herbal. Taste - like a Belgian ale crossed with a brown ale - herbal, dry, slightly strong alcohol, somewhat roasty, hints of dry cocoa powder. Sugary mouthfeel, fairly flat, quick finish - a bit of a dry aftertaste. Interesting.
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - DEC 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2008 750 ml bottle. A cloudy dark brown beer with a very nice beige head. Woody sourish nose with notes of fruits(cherries, strawberry) and yeast. The flavour has a light sourness with acetic, oaky and fruity notes, mainly cherry. Medium body, quite soft mouthfeel, acidic woody finish that is quite long and dry. Overall well balanced. I expected more, but this is an enjoyable beer.
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy amber-brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of chocolate fudge, tootsie rolls, raisins, and brown sugar. Flavor of tootsie roll, toasted malt, dark fruit, and light sourness in the finish.
hopscotch (9896) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Cloudy burnt caramel ale with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki head. Small, creamy, white retention. The aroma is a black bread, Tootsie Roll®, toffee blend with a hint of sassafras or sarsaparilla. Sweet, chocolate flavor with more sassafras or sarsaparilla. Low bitterness. No apparent alcohol. Medium-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel and prickly carbonation. Mid-length, astringent, dry finish. Thanks to boboski for sharing this one!
ClarkVV (3929) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, best before 2006, served by Olivier on 9/28/07
Mildly hazy, cherry-red with some maroon hues mixed in. Large, rocky, off-white head is dense and recedes stubbornly to cover, leaving plenty of lacing.
As the cork comes off, a strong aroma of cherries makes its way from the bottle. Further inspection reveals chocolate and caramel malt notes with a soft, plastery yeast underneath and light to moderate acidity, though not identifiable as brett or lacto. Pretty unique and interesting, despite the fact that it seems a bit too sweet in the nose and for an obvious attempt at a Flemish Sour, it needs more sour. Of course when its revealed that this is the mild, it makes perfect sense. I definitely thought there were cherries added, as the Pediococcus? must be producing this note. It certainly isnt the malt or saccharomyces. Medium-high strength of aroma, well-concealed alcohol and no flaws.
Not as sweet, or dominantly so, as the aroma might suggest, and the cherry notes are not as prominent. Soft, supple, unfiltered body with low carbonation, leaving it somewhat loose on the end. LOTS of vanilla-like notes, with chocolate and light caramel malts, meet some moderate acidity, enough that you know there is some wild yeast at work here (the barrels must not be very well sterilized....). It’s definitely not bretty or lactic though. Regardless of the enjoyable pediococcus (assumedly), the saccharomyces could have done a little bit more to get rid of some of this excess sweetness. Enjoyable though, and nothing to complain about.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - SEP 26, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours deep amber/caramel brown with bright but earthy orange hues. A thin, mostly recedeing light beige head leaves modest lacing. Heavily caramelized brown sugar and super-sweet roasted caramel malt lead in the aroma. Truffles and semi-hard candies such as root beer barrels and Tootsie Rolls follow, then muscat grapes, moderate Cognac, mild oak, mint and synthetic chocolate. When they printed "mild", they weren’t kidding. Gone is almost all of the tartness and acidity found in the nose of the other two versions of this beer. Mild spice, herbal notes and alcoholic framework dot the landscape that is the backdrop for the aforementioned. The flavor is a sad departure from the expected, or even the suspected mildness with a touch of intrigue that I’d hoped for. Tongue-wringing astringency is overpowering and off-putting. Overly herbal tastes remind of an herbal liquor infusion gone bad. This tastes of quality ingredients, but in all the wrong proportions and additions. I suppose the closest comparison for the negative notables would be an herbal tonic-type traditional liqueur. Sweetness is medium-high(very high in the finish), tea leaves and other earthy flavors very heavy. the finish is herbal, nearly cloying, astringent and weird. The body is just a touch shy of medium with mild carbonation, sticky and unruly. I’ll pass on this in the future.