Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Mondial 2010. Pours a deep clear bright woody brown with a nice lasting head and good lace. Aroma is maple syrup, brown sugar, sweet, light vanilla ok soft toasty oak, floral and herbal hops still around with a light toasty roasty kick. Flavor is toasted oak, moderate slick sweetness, sugary maple honey and vanilla, but very clean and refined, toffee, big toasted brown malt and modest hops in the end with a moderate sweet finish. Not bad for a barrel aged hoppy brown.
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A reddish brown ale with a thin off white head. In aroma, pleasant malt, oakwood, floral hops and black pepper. In mouith, a nice malt with smooth hops, oaken notes, very pleasant. Medium bodied. On tap at brewpub, Dec. 5 2009, No Habs no.
blankboy (5603) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at ’Volo Cask Days 2009’. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a small diminishing bubbly off-white head. Nice aroma of citrus hops, oak and caramel malt. Flavour’s malty along with some wood, citrus hops, a bit of alcohol and a nice bitter finish. Average to medium bodied. Very good stuff, as usual for this brewery.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Oak character permeates this Brown Ale, as mandarine fruitiness and earthiness are generously offered by its hops, crafting a healthy and creative pint.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam surfs the hazy brown russet.
-Mild caramel malt flavors are taken over by the oak chips.
-The hoppy finish is leafy and earthy, and the oak adds to the green-ness.
-This brew is a lot of fun, but I still prefer the regular Armada for hop clarity and overall drinkability.
On cask at the brewpub.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: Toasted woody brownies in a pint. Very good beer and very different from the un-oaked regular version.
How: Cask at brewpub
The look: Almost clear dark amber-brown body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is toasted and a bit woody. Taste is mostly about the toasted crunchy malts that taste like a brownies, wood, a little bit of maple syrup and a some citrus fruits.. A floury sensation. Finish mostly woody dry and with only a mild fruity bitterness. Easy to drink in large quantities. This is a very good brew, very different from the regular Armada. I still prefer the regular Armada that is a kick-ass hoppy brown ale. The toasted wood was nice but I missed the hop bite of the regular Armada. This beer tastes as if someone who have aged the regular Armada with oak. No kidding.
Fred82 (2069) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at Benelux No Habs No event. Nose woody oak and caramel. quite sweet and oaky. Taste is oak, woody with some caramel. A bit bitter. Finish is dry with some oak. Some roasted malt on the finish.
garthicus (2469) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On cask at Volo Cask days: Appearance: Cherry red, small bubbly white head. Aroma: Cherry, malt, wood - quite subtle, raspberries and just a lovely hoppiness about it. Flavour: Bitter hops, super bitter, mouthwatering in fact, bitter mango skins, with a nice long bitter finish. Delicious.
robinvboyer (2759) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Volo Cask Days 2009. This was some great stuff. Lots of hops in the aroma, super sweet,tart hops, tangerine, and mandarin aromas. Some sweet malts, brown sugar, and more hops in the finish. Super easy drinking, and an amazing beer.
tomthompson89 (1838) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
OHH MY GOODNESS THIS WAS GREAT!!! was the last beer of my time at the fest. Ralph told me to try it. brownish color, nice white foam. nose was hoppy very hoppy but refreshing. flavor was sweet the malts are there and the hops more pronounced then i expected but damn this was drinkable. defiantly one i will look for
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask Days 2009 @ Bar Volo, Toronto, ON: Poured opaque, deep brown with a small white head. Aroma is fresh hops, brown sugar, caramel malts. Very sweet but hoppy, brown sugar and citrus hops, grass, nice all around.