Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 19, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nose has faint traces of pecans, brown sugar, couscous and a light malt. Nothing seems to dominate here, strange. Quite a foamy pour. Dusty blonde, like it has a faint brown coating. Starts like a bitter lager and doesnít start to develop till past mid-palate. Blonde-like hops, brown rice, and that light malt again. Something else unique here - a mouth coating that has the slightest brown sugar taste. Absolutely delicious effect! Finish is abrubtly bitter but quickly fades.
pootzboy (1569) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2009 Bottle: 3 weeks from bottling according to the date code on the box, so I have a fresh sample in prime shape.
Appearance: Pours a deep burnished gold color with a very decent 2 finger fine-poured sticky white cap. Fair cap retention, decent lacing. Moderate fine bubbled carbonation.
Aroma: Sweet grainy-doughy aromas mix with some fruity notes and wet grass tones.
Profile: Nice flood of biscuit malt in the front light sweetness with a pleasant peach fruity-herbal undertone, silky creamy mouth feel, finish goes to a mild balance of fruit esters,biscuity malt and earthy-herbal hops, clean finish light metallic after taste.
Very pleasant smooth and drinkable ale, if it has a fault it is that it is a tad thin in the finish and the profile understated but others would say this is its subtle strength in a mild golden ale. I believe this to be a cream ale like those commercially made in the region prior to prohibition. One of Sleemanís better efforts.
bweezy (53) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 11, 2008
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pale Colour, Large yet thin head. Smells cheap. Nutty flavour at first. As you drink more of it, the flavour weakens to the point where you get a faint taste of grain/grass. Very smooth, but no bite whatsoever. Very unremarkable. As a sleeman fan, Iím disappointed.
presario (4441) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 11, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sample at BeerFest 2008. My first thought is OK Springs 1516 in a Sleeman bottle. Gold. Look, smell and taste is generic. Flavour is a bit grainy and grassy.
AWS9 (447) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2008
1.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle. Disappointing... Sweaty, sewage-like aroma, I was very surprised how bad it smelled. Nice golden appearance. A slight malt is in the taste, surrounded by some mild fruitiness, but it is ultimately empty and struck by an oddly industrial taste. Finish is quite smooth, but leaves an aftertaste reminiscent of the aroma. Some bitterness would be nice. I usually donít mind Sleeman beers, but this one disappointed me greatly.
MrManning (1982) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
341 ml bottle- Sparkling deeper gold topped with a decent creamy white foam. Nose of cookie dough and grains, pale malts and hay with a slight fruity component. Taste is biscuit and sweet cookie dough with sweet-ish grains and lemony pale malts. Finishes a bit assertive with the carbonation, with decent astringency. Pretty standard stuff for the 20th anniversary beer Iím afraid.