ClarkVV (5250) - 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 (3487) - 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.
CapFlu (5074) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Sampled at American Flatbread on April 13, 2006. Pours a thin, dissipating beige head atop a deep reddish-brown body. Nose of strong caramel malt. Very oily texture with a burnt caramel flavour, oily roasted malt and some raspberry seeds appear in the finish. Very good.
TaktikMTL (6919) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pinte dégustée chez American Flatbread (Burlington, VT). Arôme: Odeur de caramel et de sucré. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée rougeâtre. Aucun col et aucune dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de sucre d’orge (?) et de caramel. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. L’effervescence en bouche est moyenne. Présence de canelle en arrière goût. (Rating #446)
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught pint at the brewpub. Dirty-hazy red-brown, like dried blood, very little head....lots of caramel and anise in the very sweet, slightly herbal aroma....hugely licorice-candylike initial flavor, also tobacco-tarry character, burnt caramel, quite full....bittersweet cherries come out late, a bit of alcohol warmth going into a quite bitter, biting finish. Nice lower-gravity version of the style.