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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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 ďIndia Pale Ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 8, 2010
Bottle at ChrisOís Back in the UK tasting, 22nd May 2010. Gold-ish amber. Candy sugar sweetness but strong hops too. Strength is exceptionally well hidden. Palate is lovely and smooth, it coats the mouth. Very slightly sticky. Impressive stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
manuchampions (1243) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 9, 2010
22oz bottle from Brewery Creek in Vancouver. Pours a very clear burnished copper colour with a frothy off white head. Nose is sweet, with caramel, a prominent alcohol note and some light spicy hop notes. Head recedes leaving light lacing, a firm ring and a light film. Palate is sticky, biting, a clean bitterness in the finish. Flavor is mostly hop notes with a spicy, resiny flavor to it and some light nutty hints and some sugary caramel notes. Very solid brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5019) - 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 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. Itís 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , 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 isnít 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Shared at RBWG11: Cloudy orange-yellow color with a thin lacing. Smells like alcohol, vanilla, and bread. Taste of old bourbon, vanilla, barrels, and some bitter hops. Mouth is pleasantly warming and dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thepeter (325) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2012
a-nothing special, but decent hazy copper with finger worth of head. s-very nice, complex and a whole lot going on. Sweet zest of a clemintine, bit of spice and well hopped T-much like the smell, but even more intence lotís of flavor. Malt, citrus zesty, peppery spice, a touch of wood and a very nice dry finish. M&D- much more delicate than I would have imagined. A bit too carbonated at first but it settled down after a bit. Very drinkable especially for the alc% of this one. I was very impressed there. Overall a very good beer from a great brewer.

   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 thatís hard to describe even after the fact. Itís got lots of malts but with an interesting hop and spice profile. Unique and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3653) - 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 didnít think that was possible, but Iíll 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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2969) - 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.

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