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Dray Horse Ale: To represent the robust nature of this symbolic work animal, Black Creek has selected a full bodied, rich brown ale, brewed using both Ontario grown hops and malt. This flavourful ale is perfectly suited to the Fall & Winter season.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DerWeg (1485) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2012
Paler Coke appearance with lighter than usual carbonation and little head. Pleasing dry-malty aromas and taste with a little carmel and berry-like ale-fruit, very nice medium palate with plays of grain bitterness and pale malt body, long finish of mineral, dry hop and light roast. A superior session ale that plays it straight in a good way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hateball16 (105) - - DEC 7, 2012
500 Ml bottle from LCBO. Appearance: Liqourice black, head almost non existent even with a vigorous pour action. Aroma: Molasses, coffee, liquorice, floral hop faint in the background. Flavour: Burnt toffee, almost a resiny flavour (not a fault though). Not much to the finish. Not very complex. Low to no bitterness. Mouthfeel: Quite flat which may be the point of the beer (it’s supposed to pay homage to a beer from the early 1800s), very little impact, not much going on in the finish either and a distinct lack of an aftertaste. Strange. Overall: Disappointed in DH, as I wanted to try it for a while after loving the Rifleman’s Ration. Not worth buying again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2012
Slight haze and little carbonation - looks like iced tea. No head. Sweet chocolate aroma. Taste starts great - fuller than expected with a burst of sweet malt, but the aftertaste is a bit astringent as opposed to bitter. It lingers for longer than I would have liked.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tessic (840) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2012
This brown ale poured a deep brown colour with a soapy mess for a head, even after a vigorous pour. Scents include ripe fruit, light caramel, roasted malts and toast. First swig had medium carbonation with flavours of roasted caramel, light coffee and nuts. Overall, a very thin mouthfeel like most of Trafalgars brews but this one I think is the best. Finish is roasty with a slight nuttiness left on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ontbeertaster (2308) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle, pours a nice brown, aroma was a bit hop and some earthiness, the flavour is was a light earthy and it had some hops, it was interesting, okay offering

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (5957) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2012
Bottle [500ml]. Pours a deep orange-amber with an average size diminishing bubbly off-white head. Slightly mild aroma of lightly roasted malt, nuts, a hint of coffee and some mild fruit. Mild flavour of cocoa, toasted malt, nuts, a hint of coffee and some fruit. Average bodied. Pretty good, nothing mind-blowing, but an enjoyable beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spab (2289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2012
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clearish reddish brown with thin, light tan cap. Aroma is sweet chocolatey and fruity malt with a gentle roastiness. Flavour is modestly roasty and fairly sweet with chocolate, fruit, caramel and nuts. Mellow carbonation. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
probstblueribbon (2864) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2012
500 ml bottle from LCBO, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Very deep brown-black-mahogany with a small tan head. Aroma: Pleasant and inviting maltiness, roasted malts, plenty of chocolate, coffee and hints of caramel/toffee. Palate: Medium+ body, fairly restrained effervescence. Flav.: A touch less friendly compared to the nose, a little more earthy and stern, still plenty of roasted malts, the coffee and chocolate are subdued slightly, a touch fruity, minerals, grape-like fruitiness, fair; dry with moderate-low bitterness and a reasonably pleasant, roasted malt finish.

I like this more than the Rifleman’s Ration. Still wouldn’t drink many at one time.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
OntBeerDrinker (422) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2012
The smell is light and odd. One finger bubly small head that last like 30seconds or less enought to see it and then it starts going. Dark brown with some red to light. Smell is like chocolate,bananna,hop,laytex,ect. Taste is chocolate malt witch is never hardcore but stronger on every sip with soime sips adding a little erathyness also light citrus hops and light hop bite,plus a little odd grossness and some water. 5.8/10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bunget (505) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2012
500ml bottle. A hazy brown-amber body with almost no head at all. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, dried flowers and roasted pecans. Taste of nicely roasted nuts, roasted malt, a little grainy, cocoa and camp flowers. A mild toasted bitter aftertaste. Medium carbonation.

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