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

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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pootzboy (1590) - 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 (2924) - 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 (1490) - 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 (1878) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
Lonely-looking 600mL bottle from the LICBO. Pours a clear brownish amber with a large beige head. The aroma is insanely filled with coffee, and not synthetic coffee. It’s like when you open a fresh bag of coffee beans or grounds, holy crap, and as someone who loves that aroma, I am into this. Mixed in is some citrusy elements which could actually be from the coffee if they used a lot of lighter roasted beans. Flavour hits with the coffee right away, with some mild malty sweetness following and then a bitter finish. This is the coffeeist coffee beer I’ve ever had. It’s bizarre but in a good way. As it warms I do get some tasty, biscuit malt quality in the finish that balances the dry coffee elements. Mild carbonation and a fuller feel, but no booze. The tag that came with it says this is actually an ’Amber Lager’, adding yet another arguably pointless twist to a creative beer. I like the Bridgehead chain of cafés, and I mostly like Beau’s, but I often find collaborative brews like this turn out mediocre at best, but this one lived up to expectations. This might actually be my favourite product I’ve had from Beau’s.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HeistAlmighty (1127) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 6, 2012
600ml bottle. Hazy orange amber pour, dense cream coloured head. Smells like the bookstore near Starbucks, mild coffee, malt and grain. Mild coffee and hop bitterness. Lighter body, very smooth.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Beautiful crystal clear orange red pour with a tan head. Aroma is stale coffee, and maybe a little bit of sweet malt? Flavor is acrid, dry, burned coffee. I feel like the coffee was mishandled in this beer or something. It tastes abused. Had potential, but the coffee killed it.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6108) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2012
March 18, 2011. Bottle # 0689 courtesy of dougshoemaker. Cloudy ruby with a smallish off-white and slightly greenish creamy/foamy head. Smells like a slightly burnt cup of stale coffee - roasty, dry, acidic. Tastes the same, but with some orange zest admixed, not much alcohol. Average body, strong carbonation, a burnt/bitter cocoa finish - mehh.


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