pintbypint (2275) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from 341ml brown bottle. Pours ruby brown with slight off white head which was short lasting. Fruity malt in the aroma. Dark chocolate giving way to a dry, yet short bitter finish. Notes of alcohol throughout. Medium mouthfeel.
Aurelius (3719) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good, molasses cake aroma with chocolate. Dark brown, but still transparent. Love the redcoat on the bottle. Very smooth, goes a bit acidic. Bitter chocolate, stewed fruit. ABV shines through at times. Velvety feeling, but the body is mostly medium weight. Some green fruit or grassiness in the finish, followed by parched grain. Very good.
PorterPounder (4944) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark cola-like appearance with a thin beige head. Delectable aroma of raisins, dates, brandy and brown bread. Chewy, thick, mouthfeel. Alcohol is hidden rather well - would make a good winter warmer. Same flavors as the aroma come through, not sickenly sweet though, also a hint of pipe tobacco. An excellent strong ale.
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
650ml bottle. A mahogany-red ale that pours with a foamy, light brown head that dissipates quickly. Sweet, malty, lightly earthy aroma with a dark fruitiness and some hop character in the background. Medium body, softly carbonated. Full, malty, fruity flavour—plums and oranges come to mind—with a moderately dry finish that reveals a gentle bitterness. You can’t help but feel that it’s missing something extra. Good, but not quite fully satisfying.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAY 22, 2004
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark amber body, creamy white head approx. 4 cm thick. Smells of sugar, malt, and dark fruits. Watery taste, bitter hops, toffee and lots of malt; grapes, prunes, plums, etc. Not very good nor distinctive. Purchased at LCBO in Toronto, CA and was not necessarily worth the smuggling back to Virginia.
Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a deep brown colour; fizzy decent sized head. Not much aroma to speak of, what was there was rather malty/nutty. Slightly bitter, deep sweet malty taste, short finish that could have used a little more bite (hops). Overall, I was surprised at how good this was. It was darker than I expected, the alcohol was there but balanced nicely. Another good beer from Wellington and probably their best from the bottle.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small light tan head that quickly disappears. Dark brown colour. Big fruity aroma is immediately apparent with plums, raisins, cherry, and red grapes appearing. Faint spiciness and candi sugar are also here over the roasted malt backbone. On the first taste, I get most of the fruitiness that the smell led me to expect and some nuttiness as well. Light sweetness and just enough bitterness to finish it all off. Another tasty brew from Wellington County Brewery.
MrManning (1982) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, what a suprise. I thought thsi would be good, but not this good. Pours a chestnut brown body with a smaller sized caramel coloured head. Aroma is very hoppy (cascade) with some roasted malt undertones present. taste is bitter nuttiness, with a complex sweetness I cannot grasp. Leaves a nice bite in the throat, with a smooth front. Incredible.
Sammy (7719) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
promise of nutty brown flavour. Liked it in place of a rum or scotch during the meal, though it was just OK to my friends. I would try it next time in place of a late afternoon cocktail to get the appetite going. Alcohol present but not overpowering.
jgb9348 (4285) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2004
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Slightly hazy brown coloured body with a thin off-white head-fairly standard looking. Aroma of raisins, caramel, soap and a bit of malt-not too impressive. Medium-bodied; Strong burnt sugar flavour ranging from toffee to caramel with some hints of hops and a subtle bitterness. Overall, a decent beer-not as good as the Imperial Stout, but worth trying. I sampled this from a 65 cL bottle purchased at the LCBO in Toronto, Ontario (Queen’s Quay) brought back by JonR888710-thanks Jon!