OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2003
Bottle: Light smokey,scotchy,carmel nose. Nice clear reddish brown color. Sweet burnt carmel taste. Thin with a hint of hops bitterness then back to malt roast flavor. I remember this better than this bottle seems to be. Still an enjoyable ale. SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2003
Reddish copper body. Very ripe fruits aroma. Nice balance between the thick caramel taste of the malts and the bitterness. Thanks to Muzzlehatch for this one. daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2003
Dark brown color, light tan head. Nose is caramelly and sweet. Body is sweet with a touch of smoke, mint and a solid roastiness. Finishes hoppy and slightly sweet. Radek Kliber (7316) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 27, 2003
Fairly light , sweet a bit malty ale . Its body alone was lacking complexity . Oakes (17274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 19, 2003
Brown colour. Excellent aroma - toffee, graham cracker, molasses, Christmas fruitcake, portobello, earth. The palate on the other hand is bland over bland - vague caramel and a little bit of orange. What happened?
canary dog (766) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JAN 28, 2003
Wonderful, full malty nose. An almost malty chewiness presents itself initially; yet smoothness predominates. Hops are present and well accounted for, but they know their place and are clearly second fiddle to the carmelish malt. krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2002
gotta dig the label: looks like a xeroxed garage sale sign on a phone pole. the coat of arms logo on taxi cab-yellow paper apparently depicts a couple of lions holding up a shield. in fact, due to the abysmal etch-a-sketch quality of the illustration, i’d say they more closely approximate a pair of pugnacious poodles pawing over a soggy pizza. well, fortunately, the brewer is vastly more competent than the label designer. a gently poured glass reveals a lightly hazy thoroughbred brown liquid with a meek but lasting head. aroma missed it’s cue, and missed a wake up call, but finally by sniffing so hard that i could have snuffed out birthday candles, i was able to detect a bit of wispy carrot cake and scotch malt tones. flavor is resounding however: smooth carbonation carries a sweet, dark nut-bread package of subtle complexity. the racing maltiness brakes for a little speed bump of bitterness to keep things in balance. nice, but i’d fill it in more, hop it up, and push for a 90 schilling (hey, how about a 140 schilling?, yeah baby, yeah) muzzlehatch (4950) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 29, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2003 Sept 02, 22oz bottle: Pours beautifully, bubbly and foamy, dark brown and rich; eventually a very large head forms, which when settled leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma reminiscent of a sweet brown ale; hazelnutty, very malty, molasses -- but rather on the weak side. Flavor smoky, sweet, little carbonation, earthy, grassy, hoppy towards the end; quite complex but a little too much competition in the flavors. Body moderately full, finish long and bitter. Very interesting concoction from Ray McNeill, but not one of his most successful.
Jan 03: It's a super-cold depressing lonely Friday evening, and the ultra-sugary maltiness is much more appealing now. I love the creme brulee overtones and the earthy undertones; this is a beer for -5 degrees if you're not going for an Imp Stout or Barley Wine.