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RATINGS: 77   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4997) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2010
bottle thanks to thirdye11. poured a deep copper with a cream head. slightly tart, dried fruits, and malts. nice palate, thick bready malts, sweet fruits, and a great finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4714) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Pours light maple syrup into a snifter. Off-white head pancakes to mottle surface leaving slight lacing. Banana aromas. Thick with caramel syrup-soaked bananas flambe upfront turning bitter chocolate in the lasting finish. Alcohol well hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4547) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 22, 2011
22 ounce thanks to murphym45. Pours black with creamy head. Taste is not overtly pronounced or intense. Some creamy ale with hops. Alcohol is very hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4547) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2010
The nose is initially quite sweet with bubblegum, boiled sweets, caramel ,butterscotch, banana, ginger and alcohol all present in varying degrees. Clear deep golden/light copper coloured body is topped by two fingers of off white, fine bubbled head that recedes slowly to a partial cover with some lacing. Intensely sweet at first with plenty of round caramel, toffee and butterscotch notes to round it out followed by nutty almond flavour as the dark malts begin to appear and offer a roasted bitterness in the aftertaste. Alcohol is barely notable in the finish but for some mild warming. Medium body is somewhat slick in texture but offset by pleasant effervescence that keeps it lively despite its weight. Definitely a sipper and a nice beer for a damp and rainy late spring evening. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle purchased at Brewery Creek in May 2010.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4462) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4186) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured rusty/amber with a white head. Oaky, vanilla flavors created a very smooth beer. Sweet malts, caramel, and a decent hops character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (4138) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle, thanks to theEpeeist! Pours cloudy amber, small off-white head, dissipates quickly, good lacing. Aroma is malty, caramel, toffee, dark breads, pine. Flavor is medium sweet and medium bitter, malty and hoppy, tastes a bit oxidized. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Lingering strong bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Bomber via in-person trade on DLD from BelgianPrincess on BA. A 10.5% ABV Mild Ale? I didn’t think that was possible, but I’ll go with it. Pours a slightly cloudy reddish-amber with a nice lasting off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is fairly muted but good. Sweet caramel malt, toast, and light fruits. Flavor is very good and just a little sweet. Caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar, and even a little smoke. Smooth on the palate with medium-full body. Solid beer overall. Drinkable as hell for the ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3474) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2010
22 oz bottle. Lightly fogged orange brown with a creamy head. Nose is orange juice concentrate, pineapple and toffee; really sweet. Sticky, full bodied with enough of a tang to keep the palate lively. Taste is nectarine, peach, strawberry and watermelon; an explosion of fruitiness. Dry finish with grapefruit and gin. Drinks like a West Coast barleywine.

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