andrewturba (976) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a cloudy brownish colour with visible suspended solids and a nice size off white head and some lacing up the glass. Aromas of oak, whiskey, butterscotch, fruity, and lightly sour. Flavours are dark fruits, oak, butterscotch, light whiskey warming feel, fizzy, and a sour finish(more sour in the taste than aroma). Not boozy for a 12+ abv beer.
Reimer96 (1228) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 6, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a murky amber with a bright hat that leaves some lacing in the glass. Aroma of alcohol, raisins, and sour wood with some sweet fruits. Taste is sour dark dried fruits, with a hint of sweet toffee, hints of maple and kinda peaty. The sourness kinda hurts this one.
mcberko (6568) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 10, 2012
0.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
341mL bottle, sent from presario (thanks Trevor), pours a dark amber with a big, slowly dissipating beige head. Nose of maple syrup, scotch whiskey, a bit of peat, and candied sugar - not an overly well-mixed bunch of aromas. Flavour is a muffled mix of maple syrup, peated malt and whiskey notes, both quite sweet and smoky, but what a mess this is! Nothing is in harmony and the beer feels extremely messy. Each additional sip makes this nastier and nastier, revealing notes of vomit. This is absolutely revolting. Drainpour.
HogTownHarry (6108) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
July 8, 2011 - with blankboy, JoeMcPhee, jerc and mabel. 341ml bottle c/o J&K: Barrel #1. Deep burnt copper pour with a huge fluffy tan lasting head. Interesting aroma - a little metal and cheese up front but settles down to a mix of alcohol, apple cores and floral bitterness - a bit yeasty/spicy. Taste is very, VERY fruity - apple, vanilla, alcohol, but nowhere near 12% - nothing special, really - hate to say it, but it could use a bit more barrel character (I know, I know - hypocrite, right?). A bit watery, mild carbonation at best, just a touch OTT with the alcohol - finishes quickly, sweet, and a bit wimpy for a 12% brew.
gramity (1307) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 31, 2012
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This is hands down the worst beer I have ever drank. And I've had 580ish. Drain pour. Tasted like whiskey, piss, puke, and spoiled beer. If Alley Kat or Sherbrooke liquor reads this, I believe you owe me a drinkable beer for my $3. Poor effort.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home, out of my old, faithful Maudite glass. Pours murky tawny, with a greenish cast, 3-finger thick cream-coloured head, a bit foamy, but laces very well. Nose is spicy butterscotch, lots of clove/cardamom notes here, along with the sticky toffee pudding notes. Some saltiness as well, with only the lightest suggestion of fruit; maybe apples, or pears? Quite bready on the nose as well, like fresh rye bread, or zucchini bread. Smells "thick" and dense. The beer is surprisingly light-bodied, considering the nose. Not exactly "Innis & Gunn light", but in the same range. Alcohol is well hidden, and carbonation is fizzy. Flavours of toffee, warm butterscotch and treacle, some rather tart red fruit characteristics here too. Smells rather better than it tastes. A rather nice offering from Alley Kat.
reebtogi (4217) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
341mL bottle poured brownish into my goblet with a light beige head which settled to a very light lacing. Aromas of whiskey and roasted malts. Taste is malty sweet with whiskey and a hoppy finish with some alcohol. This is a truly interesting beer and as they say A New Breed.
TracksideBeer (34) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy brown in the glass w/ a huge off white head that lingers and leaves great lacing. I smelled this beer out of a regular plastic glass first and couldn’t pick up much. I transferred over to a wine glass and it made all the difference. I could really smell the alcohol in the wine glass with notes of bread. I think i’m getting a slight woody presence on the nose as well. Very sweet in the mouth with plenty of carbonation. The alcohol is hidden very well. If I didn’t know it was 12.2% going in, I would have put this at about 6% max. Very well done Alley Kat.
JoeMcPhee (8497) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to jerc for this one. Pale tan-yellow head over a light amber head. A little bit of cooked wort aroma along with a bit of soft barrel toasty character. A touch of tartness and a real lightness to the palate. A touch of light fruit and some pepper. The wood comes through but it isn’t all that good.
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
[3813-20110708] 341mL bottle. Odd sweet toasted figs aroma. Hazy, red orange body with a long-lasting foamy tan head and some lacing. Sweetly roasted dates flavour has a lingering aftertaste. Medium body. Average. (6/3/7/3/11) 3.0
(w/ blankboy, HogTownHarry, jerc, JoeMcPhee)