Spab (2801) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
600 ml bottle from LCBO (from Best of Beau’s pack). Pours a clear amber brown with modest-sized eggshell coloured head. Aroma is candied fruit, caramel, wood and gentle pine. Flavour has a big blast of sweet candied fruit, oak, toasty caramel and some piney bitterness. Moderately syrupy mouthfeel. Relatively light hopping. Pleasant though.
robinvboyer (3530) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
600ml bottle from the LCBO.
Darm amber pour, small white head. Aroma is filled with boozy, sherry, oaky malts that are woody and sticky. there is very little hops in the aroma, just tinges of grass and pine. the body is viscous, and sticky. The finish is quite bitter with a little bit of hops, and a big slam over the head with boozy, sticky, woody malts. I’m not sure this is an IPA. I also don’t understand the reason for oak ageing IPA’s.
shaynsawchuk (662) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
600 mL bottle. Pours a dark amber colour with a lacy, lasting head of beige foam. Aroma is complex, candied orange, oak, caramel malt, cream and pine. Big and sweet, rounded out by a great big hop bite, 99 IBU’s of it to be exact, a long layered finish. Smooth as silk and medium carbonation. Do yourself a favour, don’t waste this by serving it right out of the fridge. A massive beer, really liked it.
mojorisn (26) - - DEC 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I always like a nice dark IPA. This 99 IBU kicker hides the hops a bit with a malt forward blast of caramel and chocolate. Nice and roasty, with a touch of pine. Long bitter finish. Nice thickish sticky mouthfeel. Surprised it’s not rated higher. At first I was like blah, but then it grew on me quick by the end. Unique for sure. I think I might prefer it to the double mad tom’s even.
whitecap (289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
600ml bottle. Pours dark orange with a thin white head. No carbonation. aroma is malt and fruit with some hops, caramel and a hint of vanilla. flavour is sweet and slightly sour. pretty interesting. worth trying
sseb69 (1653) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille 600 ml. 9.9%. Couleur Ambrée-orangée, mousse crémeuse beige. Arôme de bois, houblons, malt caramel. En bouche, douce, bois, malt, torréfaction, un peu de toffee, alcool, fruits noirs séchés. Finale caramel, houblon, amertume. Très bon, je m’attendais à moins...je ne sais pas si c’est la nouvelle batch mais wow...excellente.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark orange pour from a swing top glass bottle. Aroma was delicious resin citrus oak and malt. Flavor was super smooth. Just a touch bitter but nicely balanced by the sweet malt. Not overly sweet. The oak added a nice extra dimension. Good beer.
GregClow (2976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ceramic 750 ml swing-top bottle. Packaged on May 18th, consumed on Sep 2nd. I first tried this beer on cask back in the spring, and honestly didn’t care for it too much - my notes say that I found "more booze than hops" in the aroma and flavour, and that the palate was sweet and sticky, making it tough to finish the pint. So I left this bottle in the fridge and half-forgot about it until finally cracking it tonight. I’m not sure if it was just because of bottle vs. cask, or if the three months or so of cold aging helped it, but I found it to be a quite different and very enjoyable beer. The aroma is less boozy than I recall, but still big, with the oak, malt and hops playing very nicely off each other, creating a nice combination of orange, caramel and mellow wood. The flavour starts sweet, with some notes of caramel and tropical fruit, but it turns dry and bitter remarkably quickly, with a wonderfully long and lingering finish of pine and grapefruit and wood. Mouthfeel is full but not sticky or cloying, with just enough carbonation to keep it feeling lively. All in all, a very nice beer!
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2010
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Cask at the Rhino. Amber pour. Malty and chewy with a sweet, sticky underattenuated palate. Diacetyl and DMS – they may call this an IPA – but it ain’t.
manuchampions (1243) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask at the IPA Challenge, Volo 29/05/10. Pours a clear copper, slightly orange with a very quickly vanishing head. Aroma of resin prominant hops, oily and alcohol burn followed by caramel malt. Sweetness mixed with caramel notes. Boozy. Pretty good all things considered.