JoeZasada (285) - Beaumont, Alberta, - JUL 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear, reddish amber with a very thin white head. Very little carbonation. Aroma is a tad sour, with some buttersotch. Taste is malty, some caramel, with definite oak flavour, and some bitterness, like an earthiness. Finishes with a grassy bitterness with a tad of the malt sweetness underneath. Very interesting...
DuffMan (6669) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Burnt orange amber hue, 1cm golden cap that is gone by the third sip. Aroma is sweet, with peaches, melon, and spicy caramel all blending with soft rye whiskey tones. Flavour is sweet too, caramel malt dominates, but there is a nice balance with fruity hops and oaky vanilla spice. The whiskey thing is pretty subtle, and that is why it works in my opinion. Could use a bigger dose of hops though. Still a tasty brew. I’m glad AK continues to be adventurous with these Sherbrooke brews.
reebtogi (4151) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
341mL bottle poured hazy golden-orange color with only 1 finger of white head and very fine lacing. Aroma of whiskey and earthy hops. Taste is whiskey and aromatic hops. Carbonation and body are acceptable and provide a nice mouthfeel.
pintbypint (2593) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
341ml brown bottle. Pours a medium orange colour, fairly clear on first pour, second pour revealed to me that this beer was actually bottle conditioned as some small floaties came out. small creamy whitish head which does not last long. Citrusy hop nose, grapefruity, with light whisky barrel notes, some sweetness. Flavour has a sweet orangey hop attack, sweet malts, caramel, vanilla notes, whisky. Finishes sweetish with sweet vanilla boozy notes, caramel malt, yet still retains some grapefruity bitterness, although the whisky takes over the hops a lot in this brew. Aftertaste is grapefuity, not a lot of wood showing through. Big mouthfeel, medium carbonation. A nice drink, not sure if I equate whisky barrel aged IPAs with summer, but the whisky works well here, but some extra hopping would have sent this over the top.
VertBaconStrips (2069) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured out a deep amber brew with some microscopic particles suspended within, almost zero cap on a hard pour and some tiny spotty lacing. The aroma has a wonderful mild whisky scent - muted and well placed to let the peachy, nectarine and cotton candy come through - all mild. This wonderful bouquet also has a slight dose of wood to it that is reminiscent of birch bark. Light spice and quiet caramel round this out. Doesn’t remotely resemble a IIPA but it sure smells impressive. A subdued aroma that intrigues. The taste is almost equal to that of the aroma in the sense that it stays away from the typical IIPA. Sure, there is a good batch of bitterness that starts before the middle and gains power sharply only to fade to a long lasting finish and there is some citrus here but the aging in the whisky casks has done a very good job to alter this beer into something much different than the commonly seem Innis & Gunn - which is a total mess and pretty much undrinkable garbage (and, yes, a different style of beer). There is allowance for other flavours to rise here. Birch hits first along with some alcohol which seems a bit stiff for 8% as I noticed it quickly.. then again, maybe it’s more of the spice that is tricking me. Caramel, pine, peaches, soft lemon candy, tasty shit. It has some slickness to it. Only when this gets warmer.. room temp, does that hint of butterscotch show up. Very very good beer.
thb (676) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tried hard to get head on this but a light film is all that appeared. Aroma promises a fairly standard american ipa...but in the mouth its totally different. It’s dominated by vanilla, oak, scotch, alcohol. Hops largely disappear. Woodsy finish. It doesn’t make sense, but I get juniper in there. Apart from the smell you wouldn’t call it an ipa at all. But despite that, it’s drinkable, interesting, and enjoyable.
presario (4611) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Amber without a head but with a strong hoppy caramel nose, who needs a head. More whiskey and sweet malt flavour than IPA or IIPA. Like a whiskey cask Amber. Vanilla note.