probstblueribbon (3401) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle from LCBO, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
App.: Clear deep ruby-copper with a decent tan head.
Aroma: Eminently British malts – brown sugar and sweet treacle with earthy, lightly nutty overtones, a touch of sulphur?, dark rum, some dark dried fruits, faint esters.
Palate: Medium body, relaxed effervescence.
Flav.: Much like the nose with boozy raisins, dark rum, a bit woodsy, earthy and slightly nutty, brown sugar, treacle, quite British; off-dry with gentle bitterness and a pleasant fruity dark malt finish.
A Prince among Goblins.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber pour tending to brown with a thick creamy white head. The aroma is quite fruity with a lot of yeast-derived esters along with a little bit of light hop spiciness. The beer feels higher in ABV than 6.6, but it’s still decently balanced. Nice balance of hoppiness and yeast along with a soft malt derived sweetness. There is a little bit of UK crystal malt sweetness through the middle that lends a sort of stewed fruit character to the finished beer. It’s actually pretty solid stuff.
Scottrf (105) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear/dark red/brown. Decent light beige head. No bubbles.
Earthy malts/hops in aroma.
Medium thick palate, head gives carbonation.
Fruity, quite malty with a touch of alcohol, slight dryness to aftertaste.
Enjoyable and easy drinking if quite heavy.
JesseM (1155) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500mL bottle, Lickbow. Pours a nice deep amber with a small beige head. The aroma is dubious, that weird garbage-malt character I tend to get from this brewery. Faint Brit malts and actually a touch of hops, it’s not totally awful. Flavour is much better, with some sweet Brit malts upfront, velvety feel, leading into some hoppiness in the finish. Also finishes sort of dry which adds some nice balance to the general sweetness of the beer, which is great as I tend to find Wychwood stuff overly sweet. Goes down really easily, the booze is not present at all. Probably the best thing this brewery does.
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from some good friends of mine. Thanks Chris and Katherine! Pours a clear amber with a large frothy tan head. Good head retention and decent lacing. Aroma of caramel, toasted malts, banana, floral hops. The taste is toasted malts, caramel, banana, faint nutty notes and a leafy, bitter hop finish. Medium bodied. Tasty.
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle - pours dark, clear ruby/mahogany, decent off-white head that leaves thick sheets of lace. Very fruity aroma, plum, brown sugar, prune, some ginger. Kinda fruitcakey, actually. Flavour follows in the same vein with the addition of some milk chocolate and sour plum. Booze shows itself. Super dry, quick finish. Good stuff.
mrmartin (777) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Chestnut pour with big off-white head. Nose is very malty, hint of vanilla, nuts and english hops. Light bodied, fruity,nutty, caramel malts and english hops. bittersweet finish.
s’ok but could be stronger.
TheJester (2244) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 mL bottle. Dark bronze with a short-lived beige head. The aroma is quite malty, but there is also a clear note of earthy Brit-hops. Flavour carries the typical fruity flavours of British yeast. But this one is lacking something - perhaps a higher alcohol content would add some complexity.
pootzboy (1673) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Decants a dark copper ale in the glass. Smallish off white sticky cap…laces the glass well. Moderate carbonation. Malty earthy nose with some sweet fruity undertones. Rich full bodied with a soft mouth feel. Big chewy Chrystal malting in front hops sit back but provide fair balance. Mid palate a wee bit of complexity starts with hints of nuts, fruit, fresh sweet buns, treacle, some toastiness. Finish is long and luxurious with hops coming forward with tasteful bittering stinging the edge and back of the palate. An absolutely top flight ale. Rich, malty, satisfying and warming. Not much like a typical ESB, more like a well-crafted rich amber ale or light Ur bock. Probably the best offering from this brewer. The bottle version is softer and more understated than the draft version I tasted in the US.
garthicus (2826) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Appearance: Ruby red, huge off white head. Aroma: very malty, some vanilla, lightly hopped with a lemonade quality. Flavour: Heavily malted, caramel, alcohol present with a nice hop & vanilla finish.
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