Canmoore (255) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the LCBO, this beer pours a very dark clear deep mahogany, with basically no head at all. The smells are just exploding with rich malts, burnt caramel, and roasted coffee. Upon tasting, the lack of carbonation is the most noticeable characteristic. The beer has a wide range of deep malt flavours coming through, with chocolates, coffee, toffee, and caramel dominating the palate. Initially there is very little in the way hops, but they do kick in at the end, albeit very mild. If you are not turned off the the lack of carbonation, than this is a great brown ale, and I will definitely be buying more!
robinvboyer (3084) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy brown pour, small off white head. Nice dark roasty, toasty malts. Solid nutty aroma, touches of toffee, and caramel. Soft mouthfeel, low carb. Medium bitter finish, great toasty, nutty finish. Quite satisfying, nice stuff.
pootzboy (1587) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle - pours a clouded brown with orange highlights. Tan 1 finger thin cap has short life and weakly laces the glass. Aroma is on target for a domestic Brown ale - light roast a wee hint of cocoa, some light sweetness, light nuttiness and grassy hopping. Big burst of flavour in the front of this ale - toasty, cocoa malt sweetness balanced well by Kent goldings, a bit of hazel nut tone in the middle then a moderate rounded well balanced finish where the hops slightly overpower the nutty sweetness of the malts. Reviewing this was no chore for me because I love the brown ale style and this is a very good one. Not as sweet as the UK and more hopping but the signature nuttiness is there in this unfiltered ale. Probably my favorite quaff from this brewer.
bunget (540) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
DerWeg (1493) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
thorongil2 (1198) - , Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) clear brown colour with a small brown head; aromas of vanilla, roast; dry, pleasant flavour with a long light bitter finish; thin palate; more like a dry stout than a brown ale; nice
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle that I swiped from the OBAs. Deep amber brown pour with a thin white head. The aroma has light toast and toffee along with a bit of soft cocoa. Light bodied with a sort of cleanness and lightness that reminds me of some mild ales I’ve had before. Sort of a herbal/toasted component. A little bit of lightly woody hoppiness. Decent really - a highly quaffable brew.
Metalchopz (2263) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Half-litre brown bottle from the LCBO. Second of their "Historic Beers of Canada". Pours a dark brown colour with red-amber highlights. The head is pretty small with not much retention of what is left and the same for lacing. Not much. On the other hand, smells great. Nice roasted malt with hints of cocoa, caramel, nuts and fruits. Medium-light bodied with very light carbonation. Lots of flavours from what the aromas were showing off. Soft wood dryness in the finish. The hop is well-blended in all of this. A pretty nice Canadian session brown ale.
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
LCBO 500mL. Pours a clearish coca-cola brown with the same carbonation as that beverage. Nice aroma of prunes, roasted caramalt, and that’s about it really. Flavour is very sweet, to the point that I’m curious if it was intentional or not. Nice malt body with the sweet kick, and just a hint of dryness that does not add much balance. Nice beer despite the residual sugars and probably unintentionally low amount of carbonation (fortunately I am a fan of low-carbonation). I like that some one in the OCB has picked up the ball regarding beers with themes relating to Canadian history that no one cares about (and I have a degree in history).
matt7215 (2167) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from the LCBO. deep brown with a small tan head. super hazy and undercarbonated. nice malty nose. flavour is quite sweet, and this one doesnt come of as finished. just an ok brown ale.