JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky light umber color with a moderate light caramel colored head. Interesting aromas, with caramel, raw grains (corn silage), light berries and herbal hops. Butterscotch flavors seem to dominate. LIght oak and lightly tart berries wander about in the middle. Lightly acidic in the finish and quite dry. Again some light berries and hints of oak in the linger. Perhaps I was expecting more, but this one fails to impress. I keep waiting for something to wow me, but I’m left feeling tired and bored.
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an amber color with a tan head. Aroma of raisin, caramel, malt and sugar. Taste is a sweetness, dark fruit and alcohol. Very smooth ale that I was glad to get my hands on. Very nice.
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours cloudy amber with 2 fingers of head.
The aroma is here is very malty, but has a distinct belgian yeast aroma. In fact, I would say this has more in common with Orval than an English Ale. Nevertheless, there is a hoppy presence which carries a citrus note to clean some of the malty, yeasty aromas up.
The flavor profile is malty with caramel and some tropical fruit. A very interesting combination for an English Ale. I also get some vanilla which likely comes from the barrel aging. This also has an very rich, creamy mouthfeel.
There’s terrific depth here. A very enjoyable beer to savor.
Very pricey, however.
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours coppery with a beige head. Aroma sweet malt and flowery hops. Flavor is sweet malt, brown sugar, and caramel.
Radek Kliber (6470) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 500 ml Vintage 2008
Appearance: light haze on brown base with lightly tanned top , fragmental lace. 3+
Nose: nutty , malty , slightly spicy feel , touch of plum with alcohol drop on top.
Flavor/Palate : mid full bodied, brown sugars on plum, some fruity hints , bit caskey with sweetness below. Oak like tops , some leafy – alcoholic theme on sides.
TheBeerGod (5254) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pricey at $12. Murky bronze pour with a tan beige head. Aroma is spicy and floral with candy notes, sweet malts, potpourri and herbs, and oak. Taste is sweet malts, oak, spicy and floral hops, toffee, light caramel, candyish fruit and spices. Body is light-medium with an above average , prickly carbonation. Finishes with more spicy hops, softer caramel, toffee, fruit notes, oak, sweet malts, herbs and soft alcohol. Unique and tasty!
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured muddy brown with a tan head. Sweet spicy aroma. The taste was quite sweet, almost too sweet. Lots of caramel and raisins, some spices like nutmeg and clove. Nice oaky accent to it. Very nice, but hard to swallow the $10 a bottle price tag.
Sammy (8660) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Radek’s bottle from Premiere Gourmet. Seems like an old ale, this is great for our North American geeky tastes. Big oak, above average mouthfeel. almost soured stops short of that. Some lace.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a nice light tan head. Toffee and caramel aroma with light oak, light vanilla, and a light fruitiness. Toffee and light dark fruit flavor with oak and raisins. Medium-plus bodied. Raisins, oak, and toffee lingers.
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber brown with a big tan head. Aroma is dark fruits, caramel, and fruity spicy hop, as well as some sourness from the oak. Flavor is full of caramel and toffee, with slight nutty roasty finish. Very good.