jcwattsrugger (10000) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap-pours a tan head that bubbles and brown color. Aroma is roasty/coffee/chicory/chocolate-dark malt, some earthy hops. Taste is roasty/chicory/chocolate/toffee-drk malt with some spice hops. Easy/tasty towards medium body.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish brown pour with a thin offwhite head. Aroma and flavor of coffee and caramel. The body is light to medium with a slightly dry texture and moderate carbonation.
tiggmtl (4516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Roasted malts and sugary sweetness in the nose. Opaque brown body with decent, off-white head that recedes to cover with light lacing. Flavour is quite roasty and salty and somewhat vinous. Astringent light body is appropriate for style but I’m not sure I could drink a whole lot of this. On tap at the brewpub with ClarkVV, MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.
muzzlehatch (4425) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 30, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
New England Road Trip Easter ’05 with MartinT, tiggmtl and Rastacouere, beer #22. Sample at the brewpub, joined by the locquacious and sagacious ClarkVV. Dark caramel, nose simple but explosive at first: enormous fresh coffee ground bitterness...slowly, bitter herbs show up and a touch of dark baker’s chocolate....in the body, dark roastiness and sour-bitter wine, light but impressive maltiness...somewhat watery, thinnish body seems appropriate...bitterness continues to the finish....I loved it.
Rastacouere (6042) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark orange, medium head. Strong coffee bean nose, nutty, leathery malt. Very leathery actually on the palate, it has a nice range of malt flavours which congregates toward a beany aftertaste. Light drinkable body, strong carbonation. Definitely not to style, but what can you do, it’s still pretty enjoyable and packs quite a punch.
MartinT (6934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A subtle balance of roasted malts, dates and cherries thrive elegantly within a rich mokaccino...A full mouthfeel serves the complex, filling flavors (for a mild) very efficiently, and even digs out an earthy floor...A lactic touch precedes a dry ending...
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the brewery January 2005. Fabulous color for a mild. Dark amber/light burgundy red body, almost transluscent with a small off-white head. Aroma is surprisingly strong and smells of coffee beans, light tinges of dark caramel malt, brown sugar and a touch of anise and even some note of yeast. No hops in the aroma! Flavor starts out with a very apparent roast flavor. It’s light but yet so tastey. Mixes well with the soft malting and yet dosent overpower. Smooth, watery, but not thin, body. I’m not very experienced at describing mild ales, but I do know that this stuff was fantastic. It just hit the right flavor notes and didnt leave anything in there that shouldnt have been. No excessive sweetness, little to no hops. Lightly bitter/sour yeast is present on the finish. Probably my favorite sample during my visit. Reminds me of Dragonmead’s Crusader Dark Mild, though less astringent/dry and has a better balance.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
beer pours a murky brown, with a nice and reasonably sustained tan head. aroma is interesting and complex, with notes of dark sugars and caramel, and an underlying roastiness. taste is mildly sweet, with the caramel flavors coming through most prominently. finish is mildly acidic, as if this light-bodied beer couldn’t quite support all of the specialty malts. drinkability is excellent-this is a well-balanced and interesting light
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JUL 11, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not sure what to think about this one. Taste is like a watered down brown ale. Very sweet. If I want a brown ale at The Tap, I wil have their normal brown ale.
OldGrowth (2107) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Big City, Ok nose Earthy, carmel, nutty, nice clean brownish red color. Small to no head. Sweet and lite bitterness. I think of malted milk balls and some fruit, maybe apple, Clean and creamy finish. Very drinkable. Not bad, doesn’t WOW me either