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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Once Upon a Time Series #1: Once upon a time, on Monday February 27th, 1832, a brewer stepped into the Black Eagle brewhouse, Brick Lane, London, and brewed a beer that confounds expectations many years later. A mild ale at 10% alcohol, with more hops than most modern American “India Pale Ales.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2011
From notes: Pours a dark copper amber color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light source and a to finger frothy yellowish beige head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with chunks of lacing. Slightly earthy hop aroma with hints of pine and subtle tropical and citrus fruit notes, especially orangepeel and pineapple. Malt presence with hints of toffee, bread, graham cracker, caramel and rye. Surprisingly chewy full body with a very dry hop presence up front that is pretty bitter but not overbearing. Floral with hints of earthy pine and sweet citrus notes, especially mango, pineapple, grapefruit and orange peel. Sweet caramel malt backbone with hints of toasty bread, toffee, caramel, rye and hazelnut. Strong alcohol presence toward the end of the swallow that is a bit overpowering. Again, graham cracker is present and this beer is nicely balanced but a bit too hot for my liking. Long dry finish. An interesting experiment but kind of mediocre.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8026) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Bottle shared with jcwattsrugger. Pours semi-hazy reddish peach with off white head. Nose and taste of honey, caramel malt, pineapple and dried fruits. Almost an "imperial" mild given the ABV. Quite a good beer. Reminded me of a "light" barleywine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
A: pours a beautiful, bright orange apricot with some gold highlights shimmering throughout. Nice billowing white head that leaves behind plenty of lacing. S: quite sweet with aromas of aprico and citrus. Some leafy English hops make their way in, although the sweetness is a bit one dimensional. T: everything comes together a little bit better here with some beautiful malt swewetness that brings its own caramel, bready complexity. The fruitiness of this beer is quite stunning, with over-ripe apricots being the most forward of the fruits. A good amount of bitterness prevents the beer from being too cloying. M: medium bodied and quite creamy. There isn’t much of even a trace of alcohol. The only thing holding this back is that the overall body was quite thin for a beer with such powerful flavors. D: very nice. Great flavors going all around. A fantastic recreation. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-07-2010

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a slightly opaque reddish orange color with a nice 1 finger white tan head that slowly settles and leaves lace on the glass as it does. More malty smelling than hoppy but there is a slight citrus type ara in the nose. Hmmm, the taste is sweet and malty with hints of caramel with a slight hip kick in the back end. The malt dominates this beer though basically throughout the entire drink of this beer. Decently so-so drinkable but not outstanding. Minimal lace. Medium mouthfeel. Boozy finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2392) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Pours a two finger off-white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Hazy amber color. Nose is fruit, spice and malt. Flavor is sweet, spicy, hints of apple with a good hoppy backbone. Nice mild ale. High ABV is hidden. $10.45 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2010
(22oz bottle, thirdeye11) Pours a clear orange body with a small off-white head. Aroma of orange, peach, raisins, and grain. Flavor of earth, caramel, grass, raisins, and citrus.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (6514) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Bottle shared by Kyle, thanks! Poured a cloudy light brown with a gray head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had notes of sweet grain with some spice and a hint of hops. Flavor was sweeter with lots of bread, cereal and grain with a bit of nuttiness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaBeer1972 (1269) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Not sure how this can be considered a "mild" ale at 10%, but I suppose one can name their beer anything they want. This is a very chewy clear deep golden colored brew with good carbonation. Aroma and flavors are deep complex sweet malts, which are nicely held in check by the spicy hops. The heaviness does also mask the ABV too. Very smooth, especially for a heavy beer. Think "strong ale" with this one.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5501) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2010
(22oz bottle via trade with Josh) clear rich orange-brown with few bubbles. Nose of sweet caramel, mild alcohol, some fermented apples and cream. Taste of alcohol, sweet caramel, mild spices appear due to heat from the alcohol, cinnamon. A bit too grassy/spicy with a creamy, warming finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (4866) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2010
Bottle, Shenandoah Throwdown. Pours a slightly hazy light copper body with a small wispy off-white head. Light nose, a little bit of husky and grainy maltiness, slightly sweet. The flavor is a little fruity with some light hops and a little caramel malt. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a touch of clingy sweetness, soft carbonation. Pretty forgetable, though not especially bad.


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