Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tapped at Old Chicago in Rockford. Thin head, but a brown pour. Sweet malts on nose. Impressive malty flavor, a bit nutty, and filling.
CanadaCam (109) - CANADA - AUG 2, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice aroma. Pours with a thin head, but scores some points with its nice, nutty flavour.
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - AUG 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle. Drank on 7/18/06. Very clear, a few floaties. Amber in color. Nice 1" light tan head. Drops to a decent layer of foam. Decent lacing. Aroma - Malty and spicy. Similar to my first amber ale. Some toffee-like? sweetness. Flavor - Initially a sort of sharp bitterness on the tongue. Pretty smooth and well balanced in the middle. A carmelly, sweet, smooth malty flavor in the finish. Palate - solid medium, but some sparkly carb. lightens it up a bit. Overall - very good. I like the maltiness. Drinkable, but has plenty of character. Funny, it smelled like my first amber, but didn’t taste anything like it. I would definitely have this one again.
Rune (12315) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 31, 2006
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml hand imported from Swedish Lapland. Off-white head over a copper red body. Dark malty aroma. Taste of roasted malt and dark chocolate that tend to be a bit diluted. Slightly bitter finish. Alright.
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2006
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The curse of the clear bottle strikes again. This bottle was purchased at Discount Liquor and was clearly light-struck upon opening. It smelled extremly skunky but following my own rule of finishing every beer to the best of my ability, I drank it anyways. The flavor was not too skunky, but tasted much like Newcastle in bottles. It had a distinct cola taste to go along with slight cocoa and toffee notes. I have a strong hunch that this beer is really of quite high quality and would be best enjoyed on draft. I love Newcastle, and this was very similar in all aspects. I would love to rerate this one appropriately.
bubbleflubber (2209) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting... the look is quite good.... the rest doesn’t quite match up. Pours beautiful deep brown, amber and brick colors... nice medium off-white frothy head with webbed spiderlacing. The aroma is a bit of a mix between caramels, toffee, milk choco and sweet malts. The flavors are slight caramel/toffee hues, with lightly peppering hops all the way through the pour. As the beer warms, I pick up some burned dry-roasted walnuts. That’s about it... there’s not much complexity here, as the finish is just a continuation of the pull, with a slight addition of lightly buttered nuts. Hops linger for a bit, while the mouthfeel is quite boringly plain (medium body). Disappointing.... I was hoping for a little more from the initial appearance.
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Solid beer. Easy drinking... pretty cool bottle. Could have used a little more in the hops department. That new Justin Timberlake song rules, btw.
MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2006
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Color was great, but the aroma and flavor were very light. This thin brew was made up of mostly malt.... and water. I never found any toffee notes that were described and there were not really any discernable hops in the finish either. It tasted very similar to what I imagine a light Newcastle would taste like with a boring finish. It’s probably best to avoid this one, it’s surrounded by way too much self-proclaimed hype....
GRM (3986) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 Brown bottle, 500 ml, best before 13/4/7, tasting at Ian’s with Dum and Lubière on September 15, 2006; eye: bBurgundy with caramel reflections, no effervescence, clear, no head; nose: caramel, cabbage, malt; mouth: caramelized malt, unpleasant "burnt" taste, finale with a hint of corn, medium body, grainy texture, lightly sweet and bitter
Bouteille brune, 500 ml, meilleure avant 13/4/7, dégustation chez Ian avec Dum et Lubière le 15 septembre 2006; oeil : bourgogne avec des reflets caramel, pas d’effervescence, claire, pas de mousse; nez : caramel, chou, malt; bouche : malt caramélisé, petit côté brûlé désagréable, finale avec une pointe de maïs, corps moyen, texture granuleuse, légèrement sucrée et amère
Clear bottle, 500 ml, expiry date: 24 JUN 05, purchased on: October 5, 2004; eye: reddish brown, no head, lightly hazy, no effervescence; nose: really light hops, caramelized malt; mouth: enjoyable light hops right off the bat, caramelized malt, finale of sweet water and light hops, mildly sweet, thin body, light carbonation; overall: not much taste
Bouteille transparente, 500 ml, date de péremption : 24 JUN 05, acheté le 5 octobre 2004; oeil : brun rouge mât, aucune mousse, légèrement voilée, pas d’effervescence; nez ; très léger houblon, malt caramélisé; bouche : léger houblon agréable au tout début, malt caramélisé, finale en eau sucrée et légèrement houblonnée, moyennement sucrée, corps mince, légèrement carbonatée; en résumé : pas très goûteuse
wanderingman (54) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I stayed clear of this one for a while thinking a beer what a crazy goblin on it can’t be that good. Man was a mistaken. Poured a deep brown/amber colour (which I love) with a slightly off-white head. Aroma is slightly malty with hints of choclates, caramel and what could be berries. Taste is everything the aroma promises and more. Caramels, toffee, a hint of fruit and chocolate that was pleasing right to the last drop. I would definitely consider having this again.