hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2005
Dark amber with a firm, lasting white head. Couldn’t really look any better. Both malt and hops in the aroma, but there’s more to it than that. A curious spicy scent I can’t identify. A full, honeyed sweetness hits you as you take your first sip; the bitterness creeps up imperceptibly and arrives late but very welcome. All sorts of complex stuff in the aftertaste. Fascinating. Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Tap: dark copper, decent head which faded away to nice lacing. Very malty aroma, but this beer is incredibly balanced. Some fruitness and candy. Alch content comes out in the end, excellent ale. Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2005
Yummy, yummy, yummy.
Gorgeous ale - the colour of dark copper and an aroma that hints at honey and hops. Wild taste - I picked up juniper, sweet malts, honey and some hops. Complex and smooth.
Not too heavy, but a lot of body and a nice warming effect. Alcohol is well hidden.
A completely wonderful ale, and one I will be stocking up on for the fall. jrat83 (4) - Haverford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2005 does not count
So complex. This ale is sweet, but still with a good essence of bitter. There’s earthy notes as well and a great finish. Beaver (1807) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2005
12 oz bottle. Pours a glowing orange with a thin white head that quickly goes to a bubbly collar that leaves a little lacing.
Damage (77) - London, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2005
The aroma is caramel malts and some grassy hops and a little fig.
The flavor is caramel/toffee malts and a little sweet fruitiness. Bitterness is barely perceptible, but helps balance the sweetness and leads to a dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.
Overall, a well-made beer, but it doesn’t do a lot for me.
Finally found this at the LCBO after reading about it on the web Pours a nice caramel colour with a fluffy head and good carbonation. Strong toffy and floral nose. Bittersweet maple malt flavour strong right through the finish. Very nice ale. The bottle’s a keeper too. This one’s for Dimebag! (650ml bottle) JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2005
Pour clear rosewood with an off white head. Nice malty, banoffee aroma that is carried through in the flavour. I’ve only tried a hanfull from this brewery but this is my fave....so far. pootzboy (1755) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2005
Funny I never got round to reviewing this ale after all the times I’ve had it on tap but this is the first time I had it in a bomber.
Pours deep amber with a great rocky cap. Aroma is unique and a signature of this hybrid beer. It has the sweet cookie dough aromas of a bock with the spicey-fruity notes of the ale yeast and just a hint of orange peel and herbs from the hop mix....great smelling beer/ale. Starts with a rush of sweet cake-like malts that are swiftly subdued by citrusy-herbal hopping. Fruity tastes are in the background as the finish comes up fast. The sweet malt drops away and a nice German hop herbal tone departs in the finish....bready-sweet after taste and a slow warming form the alcohol (which, surprisingly, is not hidden very well).
Mouth feel was on the aqueous side for an ale with a medium body... and I don’t recall the drafts of this I had at the Black Swan revealing the alcohol so easily...all in all a unique brew which bridges the style gap between maibock and ale. Frankly I’d rather drink German Maibock but if there is none available this ale will fill the bill.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 13, 2005
Tap. Light amber in color with a fairly dense, tannish head. Fair lacing. Decent malty nose, some fruitiness. Light to medium bodied. Flavor follows aroma, fairly malty, decent hop balance with a nice light hop bitterness at the finish. Fair to good. MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2005
Ahhh yeah! Finally get to try this! Thanks IMTHEOPTIMATOR for sending this one my way! Pours a dark amber body, with medium sized off white head. Aromas are subtle malts, some caramel, molasses, and some hops. Taste is malty, with some hops to balance it out. Nice sweet molasses flavour. Pretty damn hoppy for a bock. Good interperitation of the style. Rogue does it again! Thanks again Andrew!