StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Syrupy pour, settling in as a deep, opulent chestnut brown, nearly opaque with some safire hues when put to light. Dehydrated grey saliva wisps for the head. Maple nut fudge leads the aroma, followed by imitation vanilla extract, chocolate covered hazelnuts and pecan syrup over pancakes. Viscous maple traits splatter across the palate. There’s no question about the maple syrup. Some natural honeycomb meets Golden Grahams cereal. Other flavor farce brings on cinnamon hotcakes, but easy on the spicing. Boozy, sickly sweet and it’s becoming far too much to even moderately enjoy. Oozing mass on the palate. We’ve got classified carbonation and sweet malts but not a trace of any bittering agents whatsoever. Finishes like sugary coffeecake. This was 22 ounces of pain.
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 20, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
artificial grape juice, band-aid, nut, not finding the maple syrup... light... what, why? damn it. i actually poured it down the drain. sorry--very meh. well, it did cost only $4...
webjedi (250) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was with "blank" at this event. As a fan of Newcastle, and not downing as much of the samplers as he, I found that this wa smy most likeable of the evening. Very complex flaroings, probably due to it being served less than ice cold. Nic eboquet, went down smooth and very good flavors with no aftertaste to note. Would be willing to sample a full bottle when found again.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
RFD Holidaz, DC. Intresting beer. The maple is a very intresting mix. A nice brown ale, but as the 12th beer of the evening, i don’t have a lot of comments
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy opaque dark brown with quite a bit of sediment and not a lot of head. Aroma of chocolate, acetic acid and noble hops. Flavor contains none of the acetic character found in the aroma; what is found there instead is a surprisingly weak presentation of lightly toasted grain, malt & faintly maple sweetness, a touch of walnut, a dash of hop fruitiness and low hop bitterness. Alcohol quite well disguised. Flavor is suitably complex but I expected it to be more intense -- "bigger" if you will. Medium mouthfeel & flat palate. I’m more puzzled than anything by this one.
SpringsLicker (3429) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This presents a very deep dark garnet colored body under a thick creamy head.
Chocolate, maple, and alcohol on the nose.
Fruity and smooth, this settles down and improves as it warms. I think this might be an interesting beer to age a bit. A softer alcohol touch would be an improvement.
ross (2141) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
dark brown color, no head. weak watered down taste. very thin on the palate. not impressive. not much co2 either. this was like drinking a very strong water with a little malts in it. quite disappointing.
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, nearing black but reddish at the edges. No head. Smells of brown sugar, maple syrup, liquorish. Surprisingly thin for its size. Some of the maple syrup flavor lingers, otherwise tastes like a brown ale of 1/2 its gravity. Little alcohol burn detected. Malt dominated. Ok, probably won’t get again but I’m not crazy about browns, even when they’re imperial.
jsquire (4115) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was a murky brown color with a short lived Coke-like head. Sweet maple nose. Brown sugar sweetness, but the maple flavor dominates as it warms. Also has lots of fruitiness with plum, raisen and fruitcake. Some coffee bitterness in the finish. Overall seemed a little thin, especially for the ABV. I have never been impressed with Tommyknocker, and this didn’t impress me either.
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown with a thin head. Aroma is syrupy sweet with just a touch of rosted malt. Taste is sweet and a bit bready with the maple syrup definitely dominating. Most of the hop characteristic is lost to the sweet maple but it is in there. A bit on the thin side with the alcohol making itself very apparent when the brew hits the belly. May be better with some more aging?