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Brewed by Beaus All Natural Brewing Co.
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Vankleek Hill, Canada

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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Two local companies, Beau’s All Natural Brewing and Bridgehead Coffee, have collaborated to create a special beer to help Ottawans keep warm during Winterlude this year. “WinterBrewed” is a strong amber ale brewed by Beau’s, infused with an organic coffee selected by Bridgehead. The beer selected for the blend holds its own as well: a strong ale with a rich amber colour, which features toasty, biscuity notes from the malt, and a herbal, slightly fruity contribution from the hops.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
neongolden (562) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2013
(650mL bottle from LCBO) Poured clear brownish amber with a good-sized whitish bubbly head. Aroma is coffee, but not in the way that most darker coffee beers are, more like a bag of medium roast grounds. A little caramel malt in the background, and slight hops fruitiness (or just coffee). Flavour again strongly coffee-forward at the start, with earthiness and roast (coffee, not malt). Some amber ale caramel malts in there, a bit toasty, slight tree fruit. Finish slightly hoppy/coffee bitter but honestly not much going on for flavour after halfway, ends limp. Medium carbonation, very watery mouthfeel, not much substance or heft. I like the coffee elements but I could smell a bag of good beans, brew a nice cup and be happier than with this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (2575) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2013
600 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clear brownish burnt orange with modest lighttan head. Strong earthy coffee aroma. Taste is similarly really strong, earthy coffee. Bitter coffee in finish. Mellow carbonation. Really coffeish to the point of overwhelming anything else, but interesting and enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2013
Pours a clear reddish brown with a bit of white head. Smell is a large dark from Bridgehead. I had enough of them during university to instantly recognize the smell. Palate is light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Taste is a large dark at bridgehead. I’m not sure if I like this so much because it’s good or because of nostalgia.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4493) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Lots of coffee here. Coffee with caramel leave. Average carbonation, consistency. Overpriced at lcbo as usual with beaus. Pours dark amber. Some head and lacing. On tap at Rhino winterfest.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pootzboy (1597) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours a light chestnut color with a small off white cap. Aroma of toasted cereals and coffe are intense. Slick mouth feel, rich character. THe front side of this amber ale has massive coffee tastes riding just above some wondrful toasted malts, hopping is in the background and compliments the bitter end of the coffee. Long wet finish where coffee drops back a bit to expose the hop bite. A very nice brew. If I closed my eyes I’d have thought I was drinking a coffee-infused bockbier, it’s that smooth and well condiioned.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebhoy (61) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2013
Once again I’m left underwhelmed by Beau’s. With all the hype it gets around my parts (perhaps being a Grad student does this--Beau’s ticks off all the right boxes for my demographic), I have yet to taste a Beau’s beer that really gets me excited. I have yet to have a bad beer by the brewer, but for me even their one-offs can’t touch those of other Ontario brewers like Flying Monkeys, Muskoka, Nickel Brook, etc. This beer is no different. It pours beautifully, really great deep ruby red colour with a solid, slightly tan head. The smell and taste is of fresh coffee--and I suppose your love of coffee determines a lot with the beer. Underneath the coffee flavour is some sweet maltiness, a typical amber combination of flavours and not much else. Thin bodied for something that initially seems to be much heavier. A beer that could be more than it is; I wouldn’t turn it down, but it is not something I would search out either.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (2957) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle, Embrun LCBO. Dark amber, small frothy head . Coffee the moment the bottle was cracked - huge, fresh, inviting . No fake coffee - this thing smells like a roster . Taste - coffee does not dominate but is quite strong . Amber body is fine but does not offer a ton in terms of flavour . Pretty decent beer really . My first rating in my new house in Russell, ON - thrilled to now be part of Canada's capital region. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joelooie (5) - saint Catharines, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2013 does not count
Tasted good, just odd to have coffee and beer together, would be excellent for the morning

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sseb69 (1560) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2013
Bouteille 600 ml. 6%. Couleur ambrée foncée, très claire, mousse beige. Arôme de café frais, un peu de vanille. En bouche, TRÈS bel équilibre...notes de café torréfié assez accentuées mais pas trop, notes de vanille, pas trop sucrée, un peu de houblon qui ne masquent pas le café. Finale caramel, vanille, une légère amertume. Excellente beer au café

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (1963) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2013
600 mL bottle. Amber with a nice head - good looking beer. Smells like coffee, but regular coffee, not black coffee or cappuccino. Coffee with one milk one sugar. Nice coffee flavour with not a whole lot else. Base beer holds up, but isn’t particularly interesting.


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