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Amsterdam Calm Before the Storm

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Brewed by Amsterdam Brewing Company
Style: Mild Ale
Toronto, Canada
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 96   ABV: 3.2%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4656) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2013
Bottle: Poured a clear black color ale with a generous head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt notes with light dry hoppy notes is pleasant enough. Taste is dominated by light roasted malt with light nutty caramel notes and some light dry hoppy notes. Body is average for style with good carbonation. Nice sessionable drink but probably closer to a porter then a mild if you want to get technical.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
robinvboyer (3064) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2013
On Tap at Bar Hop. Dark brown, with a small beige head. Quite a roasty aroma, some nuts coffe, and roasted malt aromas, with some nice nuts. The finish is light, but very flavorful. More nuttiness, but the roastiness dies out, and the nuts take over. a great session ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9865) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2013
A dark brown ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, faint nutty chocolate malt with light grassy hops. In mouth, a nice nutty roasted caramel malt with light British hops, light but well well done. On tap at Arrow and Loon.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
shaynsawchuk (453) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2013
355 mL bottle. Pours a dark walnut with little to no head. On the nose; roasted nuts, bittersweet cocoa, rye spice. Dry with a lingering roasty hoppy bitterness. Thin palate with average carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cantabrian (803) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 24, 2013
On tap, at the brewery, and bottle, from same place. The bottled version has no discernible head, as opposed to the nice creamy head on the pint, above a dark walnut/black body. Strong dominance of roast malts on the aroma, above chocolates and coffee. Flavour is also roasty, with woods and a touch of ashes. There’s even a suggestion of Bourbon in the background, with a little adstringency in the finish. Tap version is way creamier, less watery and less carbonated than bottle. My rating is for the tap version. I’d call it a porter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevinsenn (1054) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2013
On tap at Amsterdam Brew House. Dark brown, fairly clear. Mild coffee and chocolate aroma. Taste was more crisp than creamy (the latter was what I was expecting from a mild), but a big dark malt profile helped balance it out. Decent mild.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7691) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2013
2013-09-15. Crisp mahogany tinged dark brown body, small beige head fades away. 3+ Aroma has a pleasant nuance to the malt that defies my vocabulary, mild roast throughout. Flavour is similarly quite roasty and bitter up front, pleasant sweeter malt in the middle, lingering dusty roast. Smooth average to light bodied palate, almost no carbonation. A nice beer but the roast is a bit too dominant for my tastes, and a touch more carbonation would likely help it. 7/4/7/3/15 On cask at Indie Alehouse, Toronto

2012-11-23. Very dark brown body, huge foamy tan head. Very dry dusty toasty malt characte, light caramel and whispers of an herbal note. Flavour is similar, dry dusty toasty malt, muted cocoa, light herbal touch. Average plus bodied palate is quite carbonated. 3+ Bit dryer than I suspect it was originally. I didn’t realize how long this one had been in the cellar. Decent take on the style regardless. 6/3/6/3/12 Bottle from the brewery, BB was about a month ago.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cfrancis (2309) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2013
Thanks to Jercraigs for this. Pours a dark brown with a gigantic frothy beige head that lingers. Aroma is toasty and bread malts. Small bitter chocolate. Taste is very malt forward with toasted malt and bitter chocolate. Dry bitterness that finishes off the palate. Very tasty for just 3.2%

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012 [4813-20120922] Tap. Mild wet coffee grounds and grainy wine barrel notes in the aroma. Hazy, dark brown black body with a medium-lasting creamy tan head. Bitter roasted coffee malt flavour has a slight tang. Full body is a little on the thin side. Very drinkable and tasty roasty notes. (8/4-/8/3+/15) 3.8
(TBW @ Bryden’s, Toronto, ON)

[4970B-20121123] 355mL bottle. Mild grainy herbal aroma. Hazy, dark reddish brown body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Grainy tangy yeast and lightly roasted malt flavour. Medium body. Good. (6/4/7/3/15) 3.4
(c/o tupalev, w/ him, jercraigs)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cards04 (1706) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 20, 2012
Pours a dark brown, almost black. Tonnes of carbonation and fluffy rootbeer style head. Aromas are smoke, black licorice, coffee, and roasted malts. Similar flavours with a nice sour cherry finish.


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