jredmond (5200) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at flatbread brewpub in vermont. Pours a dark brownish red body. Aroma is some alcohol and spice. Taste is spice, alcohol, well balanced.
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at the brewpub. Pale amber beer. The nose is a little bit sweet and malty. Softly sweet with a bit of soft sweet caramelly maltiness. Sort of a like a UK barleywine. There is a little bit of berryish character along with some lighter apricot notes. It’s kind of sweet with a light lingering fruitiness. There is a touch of leathery character on the back.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap in Feb 2008: Transparent dark copper pour has deep ruby hues and a fully-lacing froth of off-white head. Aroma of toasty nutty sweet caramel malt and some earthy hops. Body starts full and dark malty sweet with a lot of earthy bittering hops before a drier, toasty bitter finish. A little too bitter for the style, but still pretty drinkable.
Lubiere (9734) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark amber ale with a thin off white head. A pleasant vinous aroma with nutty notes, vanilla, plesant. In aroma, a good chunky malt with sustained British hops. Medium bodied. On tap at brewpub, Nov. 30 2008, with Sponge and Goldorak.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at American Flatbread - Poured a dark amber in color with a small white head that hung around for a while. Aroma was malty and slightly sweet. Flavor was also somewhat sweet and not at all strongly flavored. A bit watery. Finishes with a brief hint of its malty sweetness. Not really all that good...
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear caramel coloured. Rapidly diminishing head. Despite being rather sweet, this is one ale that greets us with a fair amount a freshness. From the fresh grains to the whisper of supporting floral hops, this is all cleanliness and good ingredient extraction. Pleasant candied aroma with strong pear, raisin, toffee and straight up cerealic maltiness. Trace alcohol. Sweet palate, though thin enough to avoid stickiness. Gentle, engaging carbonation. Hesitating a bit between being refreshing and being a sipper, but a pleasant drink nonetheless.
Quevillon (2448) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bu au Mondial 07, au taux de 7.3%. Rousse foncée, pas de collet, température de la pièce (growler). Arome de malte fruité sûrette faible. Goût de malte aux fruits rouges mures, un peu sûrette.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at the blind tiger grand opening night. ruby copper color, watery lager-like aroma. light sweetish malt aroma too. flavor is sweet malt, a little earthy and a light bitter finish. I wouldn’t call it boring as much as light in all of it’s characteristics. everything is subtle, so have one standalone so it doesn’t get obscured by the typical big beers.
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at EBF on 2/10/07
I think this beer epitomizes what I like in a beer. For as much sour/bacterial/barrel-aged craziness as I appreciate, I think this is every bit as good. I think Paul (dickinsonbeer) said it best when he had a sip of mine and said, "It’s ok, kind of boring." I couldn’t agree more. The sweetness level is balanced leading to no remarkable dryness or sweetness (tends slightly sweet) and even the malt profile itself is balanced between light and dark. It’s got a deep, faded brass color with strong auburn-copper hues. It’s not a dark beer, it’s not a light beer. I absolutely love how it has a noticeable chocolate flavor, yet it’s not a dark brown beer. The malt is moderately complex, with raisins, chocolate, caramel and some buttercream flavors all being quite soothing. Minor bitterness from the hops, with just a reserved, earthy, herbal flavor. Carbonation is moderate to low and the beer is unfiltered/unpasteurized. Very light fruitiness, I assume from the yeast lends a gentle dryness/acidity on the end. Boring for sure, as in nothing jumps out at you. But everything works in perfect harmony, creating a balanced, flavorful beer. I doubt you could find a bad thing to say about this beer if you drank a whole barrel. Paul is doing some fantastic, authentic stuff up in Burlington, I really miss this place.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish brown color with a thin offwhite head. Interesting aroma and flavor of earthy hops, malt and caramel. Well-made.