ljthiessen (544) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 23, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown like cola with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet grape juice, a bit of bread, bing cherries. Flavour is dark fruits, grape and raisin, vinous notes, with some coffee and dark chocolate. Lots going on here and fairly well balanced - not too sweet, just a touch of tartness - but a little overcarbonated. Pretty nice, but nothing incredibly special.
GraffitiVandal (27) - Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 22, 2015
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
ENG: 650ml bottle from Liquor Mart Winnipeg, poured into the snifter. Dark brown color with medium dark-yellow head. Aroma from the bottle: valeric acid and some chocolate. Aromas from the glass are spirit (even like salicylic alcohol), chocolate, apricot, hints of prunes and filled chocolates. Taste is smoky and earthy with chocolate, maybe coffee, roasted malts, licorice. Slight soury and bitter toffee aftertaste. There is some booze too, carbonation is low, body is medium. What I really not enjoyed here is the aromas... I felt like I’m in hospital. Taste is much better, but I cant give this beer high note, because of that aromas... ///~~~///~~~/// ///~~~///~~~/// ///~~~///~~~/// ///~~~///~~~/// PL: Butelka 650ml kupiona w Liquor Mart w Winnipeg, przelana do kieliszka. Ciemno brązowa, niemal czarna barwa z delikatnymi przebłyskami, średnia ciemno-żółta piana. W butelce wyczuwalny kwas walerianowy, nieco czekolady. Aromaty z kieliszka spirytusowe, nawet spirytus salicylowy, czekolada, morele, nuty suszonych śliwek i likierowych bombonierek. W smaku dymione, ziemiste, czekoladowe, może nieco kawowe, palone słody, lukrecja. Nieco kwaśno-gorzkie toffi na zakończenie. Lekki alkoholowy booze, nasycenie znikome, średnie ciało. Co mi tu bardzo przeszkadza to te szpitalne aromaty, one dość mocno obniżyły moją ocenę, bo w smaku już jest znacznie lepiej.
northropfrye (2348) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 18, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black body brown head, nice retention, attractive. Cereal aroma, some booze. Taste is sweet and malty, some dryness, but has a watery finish and thin palate. Okay.
dreamflower (606) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with northropfrye. Smokey and sweet aroma. Taste is also smokey, some molasses. Dark brown body, some head, dissipates. Nice beer.
HopsandBolts (131) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle from the LCBO.
Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brownish black with a finger of tan head with little retention. Leaves a bit of lacing behind.
Dark chocolate, black licorice, toasted malt, cola.
Dark malt, dark chocolate, coffee, cola, brown sugar, rasins.
Thin but smooth.
Overall: A nice Olde Ale but the mouthfeel is a bit thin. That said, I really do like the dark malt, chocolate and coffee flavours. This is a seasonal worth trying. I have a second bottle which I’m going to put away and try next year. I’ll see if I have the same reaction that Randy4Beer had.
cards04 (1944) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A really nice ale. Pours dark maroon with red highlights. Aromas are grape juice, coffee, and dried fruit. Flavors are sweet and malty. Brown sugar, grape juice and a bit of booze and coffee. Quite good.
deepeary (207) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep reddish brown ale. Roasted malt and dark fruit, plums. Thick and smooth mouthfeel. Not overly assertive or exciting.
Ferris (5267) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Plum and raisin with a some sweetness. Deep jet maroon with a bit of a beige head. Sweet raisin and dark sugar malts.. Nice and balanced dark sugars.
VT (1708) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
650 ml bottle shared with the boys.Pours a deep ruby reddish black with a short lived beige head. Aroma is grapes, oldish, woody. Flavor is grapes, dates, tobacco, coffee, ash. Finish is red berries, lingering fruit and ash. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel, weak carbonation.
czar (4769) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 vintage. pours hazy medium dark burgundy with a small yet reviving and creamy light beige cap, leaving appreciable lacing. tasty dried raisins, burnt caramel and browned malts, allspice, fairly spicy, gently oaked and smoked, grassy and just a touch of dirt. light carbonation, medium body - oily, semi-sweet, very lightly astringent and grassy-spicy finish. very nicely executed.