OldGrowth (3399) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 (7274) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 27, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fairly light , sweet a bit malty ale . Its body alone was lacking complexity .
Oakes (16655) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 19, 2003
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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 (760) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JAN 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 (4921) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 29, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.