Theydon_Bois (18424) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, - NOV 13, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle on Amtrak Train 27 - The Empire Builder ( from Binny’s South Loop) - 05/11/12.
Murky mid brown with a thin off white head that soon clears to a small pond and the edge of the glass.
Nose comprises malt, syrup, toffee and a little paint fumes.
Taste follows nose, a touch of plastic, best element of this beer is that the 9.5% alcohol is pretty well disguised.
As with other DDC beers I’ve had - largely a let down, all hype no delivery!
poisoneddwarf (2444) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - MAR 4, 2017
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.5 oz bottle. Bottled 2016-01-08. Aroma is apples, raisins, oxidation, grain. Pours hazy brown with a dissipating beige head. Taste is medium-level of sweet and alcoholic, oxidation, fruity esters, finishing dry. Reminds of certain English barleywines more than any kind of Scotch ale I’ve ever had. A little over the hill for me.
Bulk_Carrier (4706) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - MAR 2, 2017
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a thistle, the appearance was mainly a dark burnt red almost brown color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Spotty lace.
The aroma had some dried woodiness, smoke and peat up front. Maple warms in for a nice blend. Some caramel and toffee malts play underneath.
The flavor leaned towards a sweet dry woody taste initially and then the caramel and toffee malts come in a bit more as it warms. Maple comes in for balance. Woody dry aftertaste and finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Good strength from the ABV is felt. Dryness does show some clinginess to my tongue. Low carbonation.
Overall, nicely done scotch ale for the most part. Perhaps a bit dryer than expected. And though I don’t see any bottling dates, a part of me says this is an older bottle. Still, I bet this stuff is magical when fresh, part of me thinks the maple comes out a lot more.
beerplace (1316) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2017
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
341ml bottle (thx, Alex M.!). Bottled on 2015-02-06. Pours an opaque dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is malty, dark fruits, caramel and maple syrup notes. Taste is roasted malt, boozy and hoppy bitterness, woody. The beer is already 2 years old, but it is still hot and bitter, I am surprised. Not sure if a good way, though :) Probably it would need to be aged for a couple of more years :)
papat444 (136) - Carignan, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2017
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Dark, brown body but when held to the light, more reddish in color. Has a nice tan head, 2 fingers.
Smell: Faint, sweet smell. As it warms, maple syrup aroma gets stronger. Smell reminds me of maple taffy poured out on the snow at a sugar shack, nice.
Taste: The taste backs up the smell with strong malty, maple flavors. Very sweet, but kind of one-dimensional.
Mouthfeel: This is better. Warming up, feels thick & chewy with fairly active carbonation. Caramel and maple syrup make if boozy & creamy, warming the mouth.
Reviewed on: 06-19-2008
beer_queue (134) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2017
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle-conditioned, 2015(?). Opaque, burnt umber color; super thin head; some small specks of sediment floating at bottom. Sweet, dessert aromas of custard, maple syrup, & vanilla. Flavor starts off with toffee & dates as you’d expect; maple notes in the middle leading to a roasted malt aftertaste. Medium-light body with moderate carb & a dry a finish. Warms up to have a sharp yeast note along with some booze, too. Overall it’s on the sweet side with the addition of maple syrup, altho the maple doesn’t dominate the flavor at all.
jackl (7431) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2017
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Thanks to whoever shared this! Reddish pour with a small head. Nose of baked apple. Some nut bread. Flavor is hot and sweet. Nut raisin bread. Dates. Hot boozy finish. Medium body, soft carb.
luttonm (5533) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in Seattle. Thin ring foam, rich and dark malty brown. Deep raisin, dark fruit skin, sweet oak and alcohol on the nose. Full body, leathery banana and brown sugar. Some alcohol burn at the finish. Maple is present but is a faint overtone. Malt is rich, nicely metallic and a touch chalky. Delicious and pretty unique. Ruddy, chunky body... perfectly rough. Very nice.
Welley_Alves (261) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - OCT 24, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dieu du Ciel! Équinox du Printemps. Ótima Scotch Ale com maple syrup. Muito boa! 4.25/5
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
thediceman666 (19) - - SEP 29, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not usually my style but this is a very good beer kinda like a maple quad.
HuskerTan (2042) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - SEP 17, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A- Boozy, oak, iron, burnt caramel, subtle smoke, subtle cherry.
A- Dark mahogany brown color, dark liquid, beige head.
T- Strong oak, booze.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, boozy finish.
O- With 8 months of age on this I can’t decide if I should have drank it sooner or let it age more. Not getting a whole lot of maple. I think it adds to the booziness and woody notes more than anything. Maybe adds a touch of smoke too. Too much wood and not enough maple. Overall, it’s good but I expect a lot more. I’ve been mostly let down with Dieu du Ciel. Quite possibly a bit over hyped and a bit over priced for what you get.