DuffMan (9542) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, purchased from the brewery 2 months ago. Pours a dark amber orange with golden highlights and a bubbly tan head. Sweet toffee and tea aroma, hints of dark fruits. Flavours are all malt initially, with caramel-on-toast, sponge toffee, and a subtle earthiness that leans more toward dried leaves and tannins than it does toward true peatiness. Some vague fruit nuances too. Warming and smooth... delicious.
bvc (1241) - Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz capped bottle that is over a year old at this point. Digging through rotting beer, I saw this and tossed it in the fridge for tonight. Pours a dark hazy toffee brown with decent head that fades to a ring and no lacing. Nose is big on the sweet bready notes. Caramel, rasins, brown sugar, prune with some light cardboard oxidation. Brown sugar and caramel big maltiness is the first to hit. Touch of prune and rasin come in as well as light oxidation, but really malt forward. Not overly complex, but maybe my negligence with this beer has been a bit of a blessing.
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Poured deep, ruby/purple-ish with a thin head. Aroma of toasted grains, and berries. Smooth, softly carbonated palate. Drinkable, lots of candied tones, cranberry and cherry-like sweetness, bit malts which hinted towards chocolate. Also nutty, earthy, dirty flavors.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampler tray at the brewpub. Pours out a dark red with a nice tan head and solid sticky lacing. Aroma was a soft caramel, very sweet with some light peat and earthy hop notes. Flavor was very sweet with caramel, raisins and a mild hop kick. Very smooth mouthfeel, went down like silk. Another winner from the good folks at Pelican.
cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
November, 2008 batch. Bomber served in a snifter. Clear ruby-brown in color. Classic wee heavy nose. Big caramel malts… very similar to Stone’s Double Bastard. Has nuts, molasses, fruit cake, pit fruit, and ripe cherries. Medium body, full flavor. Decent carbonation. Creamy and sticky. Cherry skins. Sticky, prickly finish. Coats your lips. I barely have half a snifter down and thinking the rest of the bomber is going work me over. Only 8.0% huh?...
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber poured into a tulip.
Pours a dark mahogany that shows a deep, clear copper when held up to light. There’s a small creamy beige head that recedes fairly quickly and doesn’t leave much lacing behind.
The aroma is light and sweet with lots of caramel malts and brown sugar. There’s also some fruity sweetness that I can’t quite identify though I could swear it smells almost like a cherry lollipop. Crazy, I know.
The taste is just as sweet and I can definitely taste the cherry/grape lollipop flavors again. The underlying caramel malts are present with hints of smoky peat, but the overwhelming flavor is the sugar sweetness.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and sticky sweet on the palate.
This is one of the sweetest wee heavies I’ve ever tasted but with a sugary character that seems almost artificial. It’s a decent beer but certainly not the same caliber as the other Pelican beers I tried.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bomber - pours clear, reddish brown with faint white head; thin, syrupy, stale and malty; fruity, bready aromas; pretty blah flavor wise IMO
zizzybalubba (1795) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2009
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle shared at Logan’s 2009 pre-GABF Party. Brownish-orange pour. Sweet aroma but lightly hoppy. Dull and somewhat watery taste. In my opinion, this was just not very good, especially given the buildup from the aroma.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick, syrupy malt backbone. Deep grainy body that was ridiculously chewy. Heavy fruit notes with toffee and molasses. Oily and a little vegetative. Messy drink.
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark/burnt caramel brown. nose: oxidized caramel malt, burnt maple, light notes of acetone, dirt/soil/minerals. chewy, syrupy, over-sweet approach. medium body, turns mildly frothy in the finish with a black pepper and spiced molasses note. finish is resinous and deeply rich, but it’s really the only positive attribute of this beer. not one of their best efforts.