Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Troll’s take on the Italian chestnut ale.
Decently extracted nut flavours. Fairly dry palate with powdery, earthy, toasty focus that serves it well. Complexifying berry juiciness.
Biting carbonation removes a lot from the drinkability. Not a whole lot of complexity. Growing alcohol presence.
Stew41 (1822) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dunno know what the style is but drinks like an IPA to my palate. Heavy duty US style with lotso hops, resiny mouthful and plenty of sweet malt. Touch of licorice / alcohol sweetness as well but this adds a nice touch of complexity. Surprisingly lack of sweetness on the finish.
discmann131 (6) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2008 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got a bottle of this online after reading about the brewery and the beer.
Aroma: The initial whiff didn’t say much but as the glass came up to temperature it released wonderful soft nutty notes that brought to mind eating roasted chestnuts.
Appearance: Poured into a wine glass, the beer is a deep subtle ruby brown that is quite dark but not opaque. The pour offered a rather nice dense head that remained for quite a while and then settled into a little bit around the edges.
Flavor: At first taste the beer was sweet but by no means overly so. As the beer warmed to temperature, the distinct nuttiness came through and was quite enjoyable. Kept you coming back for another sip often.
Palate: There was a nice even mouthfeel and full bodied sweetness that had shown through but didn’t leave you needing to drink water between every sip like some other specialty beers. Quite enjoyable.
Overall I would have to say that this is an excellent beer that everyone should try once. If I would have had a piece of chocolate cake to go with it it would have only been that much better. If you see it get yourself a bottle and enjoy it with friends.
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a viscous appearance and a frothy, initially three finger thick, brown tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a very concentrated, amber tinged, dark brown color, when held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, gem-like, rich red color. The aroma is sweet and fruity up front, but quickly mixes in toasty malt notes and a substantial nuttiness that has a distinct spiciness to it. As I try and dissect the nose I get aromas of raisins, light cherries, tart-sweet plums, sweet cranberries, white pepper, woody ginger, browned malt and a sweet jam like aromatic note. I really like what the chestnuts have added here, it is quite distinct, and quite nutty.
Reasonably thick bodied, but strangely not nearly as sweet as I was expecting. Actually this is almost more tart than it is sweet. Distinctly accentuated by the various chestnut additions; this is woody, nutty, spicy and sweet nut meat. The finish has a sort of tannic, nut husk astringency to it that provides a distinct bitterness to this brew. While not overly sweet, this does have a jam like, fruity sweetness to it that accents notes of concentrated berries, cherries, sweet plums and light raspberry notes. At times a lightly warming, almost spicy note of alcohol is noticeable in the finish as is a light, floral honey flavor.
A very interesting beer, I really like the touch that the chestnuts add to this beer; it also has a surprising fruitiness to it, that I almost wonder if it is at least accented by the chestnuts note (if not down right attributable to them). The fact that this is not overly sweet, yet lightly tart and offset by an astringent finish, really is quite nice. While, at times, fantastically interesting, I wouldn’t say this is not the most nuanced or complex brew, but it is certainly a tasty tipple; so this is merely a very tasty brew, as opposed to perfection in a glass. Ultimately this is a very pleasant suprise that i am enjoying very much righ now.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled on 5/23/07: Pours a barley transparent dark mahogany with a thin-lacing dark tan head. Aroma of lightly sweet and toasty nutty caramel malt. Body starts fairly full and bittersweet with a lot of nutty character and an earthy finish. Fairly complex and slightly warming finish. An interesting brew.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
muddy dark red, fine beige head, sweet fruity aroma with light floral quality, creamy body, rich malt flavor with lots of fruity character, very light bitterness, a touch of winey character, light tartness, unique
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
IrishBoy (4002) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from mgumby10; nose of spices, caramel, and nuts; cherry brown with a medium tan head; flavor ofa smoky note, dark fruitiness, and you can taste chestnuts and a little alcohol in the finish. Body seems a little thin, but it tastes good and goes down smooth, but different!
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a mostly clear dark brown with a small beige head. The aroma was spicey with notes of mint, vanilla, marzipan, and alcohol. The flavor was spicey, nutty and malty with a decent wamring sensation.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured brown with an off white head. Aroma, nutty caramel, some spice. Flavor, lots of chestnuts, spice, fruits, caramel. Pretty interesting, and made a decent bread.
Ughsmash (7429) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Poured a deep reddish-amber with a short cap of yellowy-beige head. Aroma was of sweet, spicy floral notes with lots of spicage.. didn’t pick too much chestnut out of this. Flavor had lots of peppery spices and alcohol with cola-like sweetness.. spicy again, with a touch more chestnut than the nose.. odd boozy sweetness through the finish. Sharp all-around with that odd sweetness.. light-medium bodied.. long, tacky finish. Didn’t care for this one.