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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerBunker (956) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2010
22oz bottle. I had no idea what to expect from this beer. Pours a strange orange color with a foamy off-white head. Aroma is of caramel, smoke, wheat, fruit, and spice. It’s hard to describe the aroma, but it definitely does not smell bad. Taste is of caramel, wheat, assorted fruit, and spice. Has a very dry malt backbone. There is definitely a good amount of smoke in this beer. Lingering taste of spice. As it warms, some pineapple starts to come through strongly. The alcohol is present, but not overpowering. This beer is hard to describe, but I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Macegan75 (765) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2010
Beer I bought without much thought, but pours kind of amurky color, looks, tastes and feels like a crude DIPA ala 1832, not sure this is truely representative of the authentic style, either way a peculiar beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4956) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 5, 2010
22oz bottle. Not poured so can’t comment on appearance. Had an earthy/floral aroma. The label says there are a lot of hops, but the hops flavor definitely isn’t as strong as an IPA. Full bodied, smooth finish. Very unique beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 4, 2010
22oz bottle, no date shared by wavers. Caramel malt and fruity nose with some floral hops. Flavor is fairly bitter with the same caramel sweetness. Bitterness peaked at a 4 in the dry finish. Medium full body with light carbonation. Pretty good and smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2010
22oz bottle courtesy of axeman9182 poured into a tulip. Pours a deep, clear amber with a small creamy beige head that recedes slowly to a thick collar and a couple bubbles lingering around the middle. The aroma is heavy on sweet malts and caramel apples with an interesting floral hop character. Some vanilla and butterscotch with a hint of alcohol. Sweet caramel malts and candied apples on top of a toasted bready malt backbone. The finish is hoppy with an earthy spiciness, almost herbal, with a touch of black pepper. The mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy with some soft carbonation that accentuates the spiciness. Well, I definitely had no idea what to expect and what I got is something that’s hard to describe even after the fact. It’s got lots of malts but with an interesting hop and spice profile. Unique and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
r464 (2126) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
Deep amber color with no head at all. Faint aroma is floral. Very light and crisp with a slow, fading aftertaste that hints at the alcohol, though it is hidden. Very unique.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2010
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, light banana, slight bubblegum, and a hint of caramel. Poured copper/amber in color with a medium to large-sized, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of malt, banana, slight alcohol, smoke, bamburg wood, hops, and some caramel. Medium body. Smooth, slick, overly-drinkable texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, slight caramel, hops, and bamburg wood finish is a tiny bit dry. 10.5%ABV is very well hidden throughout, and barely noticeable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (10266) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2010
22oz bottle. Poured a medium amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, fruity, bananas, and some earthiness. Tastes of caramel, citrus, the same fruitiness, and brown sugary sweetness. Alcohol burn in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
riversideAK (5830) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
Tons of phenols in the nose, some darker fruit notes - raisins. Almost smells like a malt liquor. Sweet and adjuncty with alcohol. Pours darker golden, no head or lace. Lots of sweetness upfront - sugars, appley plum notes. Toast and even a hint of leather? Tons of adjuncty sweetness wow. So to make a mild 10percen you add a shit ton of fermentable sugars. Mouth burning alcohol. Light but sweet, thin bit hot. Wow, an odd beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bvc (1195) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
22oz capped from gen0sis. Clear caramel golden with light tan head. Whoa!..hot nose...solvent, astringent, artificial apple, light caramel and quite adjunct-y. Much more pleasant on palate though. Dark fruit and cough syrupish though as it warms. Bizzare beer.

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