brokensail (9119) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The beer pours a dark brown sort of color, maybe "chestnut", with a creamy khaki colored head.
S: Starts off less than stellar with a bit of metal, but that goes away shortly. There’s a strange woodiness to the beer, but it works alright with the caramel, toffee, mild chocolate, and bubblegum notes that make up the rest of the aroma.
T: Sweet caramel and toffee open this one up. There’s a big bubblegum and cotton candy flavor that follows. Toward the back end I get a lot of chocolate and vanilla with some subtle dark fruit flavors.
M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation that feels sort of creamy on the tongue.
D: One of the better of the VE series beers. Pretty complex and very easy to drink.
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown ale with a thin off white head. A bit sweeter in aroma than 05. In mouth, more malty with definite chocolate notes, less licorice and less alcohol in mouth, still a very smooth ale. Enjoyed on tap at BCTC 2006.
Ratman197 (8479) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear sark reddish brown with a small diminishing tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, spices and a hint of roastiness. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of clove, brown sugar, a hint of chocolate and some roastiness with a lingering bittersweet finish. Smells much better than it tastes!
BeerandBlues2 (8454) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque dark brown, black notes, molasses, some small frothy tan head that quickly fizzes away. Aroma is yeast (dark warm dough, wheat, cellar), malt (meal, toast), clove notes, fruit in the background (peach, apricot, plum), faint smokiness. Moderately acidity attempts to burn the tongue, scraping your taste buds away but leaving enough to sample the roasty and toasty dark malts, clove, wheat and fruits, smoke and banana notes way at the end. Dark bodied, fizzy, spicy and dry palate.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Clear, crimson ale with a mid-sized, creamy, lightly tanned head. Good retention. The complex aroma is a swirl of chocolaty, vinous notes with a touch of burnt rubber, port, soy sauce, anise, clove and smoke. The flavor is chocolaty and toasted with dark fruits, molasses and alcohol. Decently-balanced by the hops and booziness. Full-bodied and creamy with lively carbonation. Finishes toasted and medium bitter. Pretty hot. Should age well, but I enjoyed it straight out of the Brickskeller’s cooler.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Poured a dark, dark brown, with red edges and a large sized off white head. Aromas of plums, raisins, bananas, roasted malts, and spices. Tastes of plums, raisins, chocolate, caramel, and spices. Light alcohol in the finish. Lacing left on the glass.
JoeMcPhee (8054) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown with a thick creamy tan head. Aroma is of dark toasted wheat, sweet spicy yeast, some light licorice, toasty and with lots of deep dark malts. Some cherry but not a whole lot of plumminess that I normally go for. The flavour is very toasty and chewy. A bit of roastiness on the back of the dark malts and dark spices. Dry, fairly bitter finish. As it warms more of the yeasty spice comes forward bringing a bit more balance than was present initially.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown pour. Raisins, honey, spice, caramel and some yeast. Not much hops here. Flavor is ok, but I think time has already started this one down hill a bit...still its pretty good.
Sammy (7715) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Volo, Stone Appreciation Day. Pours slick black, with nice white head. Good aromas of anise, chocolate. Taste is rich but only average, was expecting thicker. A delivery of anise, after 3.5 years the yeast "she has gone away"
BMan1113VR (7690) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours a dark brown with a large, off-white head. Great lacing. Aroma of coriander, dark malts, caramel and a bit of candi sugar. Taste is malty, coriander, some oxidation, hint of bananas, and some alcohol. Light bubbles and creamy.