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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Bomber. Pours a mostly clear, dark golden amber hue. A thick, frothy, beige tinted head shows the consistency of whipped egg whites, leaving sticky, arched columns of lacing on the glass. The aroma is quite fruity, giving notes of old apricots, orange marmalade, and citrus zest amidst a shroud of bread-like dough notes. Altogether, it comes across a bit like a fruitcake, hinting also at notes of crumbly, mild cheese. Aged, earthy hops round out the nose. Flavors are well balanced, with initial notes of sweet, uncooked dough, candied apricots and nectarines being countered by hints of dry toast and earthy, citrusy, fruity hop bitterness. The alcohol is surprisingly well concealed. The palate is fairly hefty, with sugar building as it goes, eventually coating the mouth pretty substantially. While this stuff is fairly agreeable, there’s nothing about it that would make me want to rush out and drink it again, especially at 10% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (3218) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2012
Bomber shared by Lubiere, served cold in a tulip glass. 20JL12.

App.: Milky orange-amber with a small tan head. Aroma: Sharp, peppery, somewhat fruity, cherry lemonade, sweet doughy, caramel, sweet a bit of alcohol, berries, some nice notes, not entirely cohesive. Palate: Medium-full body, sparse effervescence. Flav.: Strong fruitiness, grapefruit, yeast, berries, peppery, alcohol, somewhat harsh, resinous hops, big!; very sweet with strong bitterness, alcohol and a long fruity finish.

A little too much, both in name and in bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
GRM (3216) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 14, 2012
Brown bottle, 1 pint 6 ounces, savoured July 20 2012; eye: orange with a caramel hue, hazy, minuscule ring of head, slight lacing; nose: fruity, alcohol, caramel, malt; mouth: fruity, alcohol, malt, syrup, finale in alcohol, full body, not much carbonation, quite sweet, alcoholic texture; overall: too much alcohol FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 6 onces, savourée le 20 juillet 2012; œil : orange avec une teinte caramel, voilée, minuscule anneau de mousse, très légère dentelle; nez : fruité, alcool, caramel, malt; bouche : fruité, alcool, malt, sirop, finale en alcool, corsée, peu carbonatée, très sucrée, texture alcoolique; en résumé : trop d’alcool

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 20, 2010
22oz Bottle. Interesting warm grainy aroma, with some orange character and piney hoppiness. Pours a surprising pale orange, even, lightly hazed and a rim of whitish. Foamy texture brings some serious booze to the palate and a unique multi-grain texture. Lots and lots of booze, almost gin-like - I think this comes from the intense hop dose. It’s interesting. Nicely attenuated and with a tangy hop finish. Different and fun. I appreciate the high level of alcohol character with noticeable raw green hops and dryness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (3177) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 7, 2011
22oz Bottle Pours out cloudy amber topped with a cream head. Aroma was citrus, caramel, bread malts, and some tropical fruit. Taste was much as the aroma with a good balance of citrus hops and sweet malts. This beer was a surprise to me a10% mild ale it just doesn’t make scents to me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tgncc (2998) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2010 First rating!!! Yes!!!! This beer is awesome. The nose is fruity, booozy, very enticing. The appearance is red/brown, slighly hazy, off-white head. The flavor is amazing, dark fruit (plums, raisins), and spicy hops. The finish is sweet, with a boozy warming in the throat. The body is medium/thick, fair amount of carbonation in the mouthfeel. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2935) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2010
Really enjoyed this one. Pours a 14 karat orange with a razor sharp white edge that circles the glass and leaves little lacing. Aroma is of honey, caramel, and citrus. Flavor shows a bit of peppery spice along with biscuit, malt, and toffee. Medium mouthfeel and the ABV is hidden beautifully. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2011
22 oz. bottle sampled during 2011 RBWG - Pours a hazy amber color with a small off white head. Aroma and flavor is lightly sweetened malt, esters, and floral hops. Medium body. A good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2452) - 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.

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