czar (3247) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours dark brown without a head. nice coffee profile, roasted malts, smoke, caramel, toffee, nuts. complex malts, aged beer for sure. light body, fizzy, microbubbly, really smooth, silky. robust porter-like, great supporting hops and long lasting grassy finish. very good old ale!
planky84 (1786) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at NWAF, 2011. Dark brown pour with a reddish tint, no head. Aromas of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, sweet spices and raisins. Flavours of vanilla, coffee, caramel, blackberries and damsons. Dried fruit in the finish. Classic old ale feel.
robinvboyer (2758) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice does of roasted malts, touches of cocoa and a hint of bitter lemon. Flavor is finished with some light soy and touches of licorice. Reminds me alot of a robust porter.
blankboy (5603) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle [500ml]. Pours a deep ruby, almost brown, with an average size diminishing frothy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, nuts and dark chocolate. Flavour of roasted malt, bread, coffee, dark fruit, chocolate and a decent bitter finish. Medium bodied. Pretty good, I enjoyed it.
cfrancis (2014) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear dark brown with a medium frothy off white head. Aroma is mainly roasted malt and cardboard. Taste is dry palate, licorice and a subtle lemon. Also seems like there is a little chocolate malt in the aftertaste.
HogTownHarry (5908) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle from the LCBO. Yeah, I have a backlog - gimme a break!! Lovely deep clear reddish-amber pour with a decent fizzy tan head (4-). Bready, roasty aroma - some light fresh herbal bitterness and an impression of freshly-roasted chestnuts and a hint of dry baker’s chocolate. Taste follows, slightly more cocoa and dry herbal bitterness, hardly any alcohol - quite well-balanced, actually. Slick, light mouthfeel, weakly carbonated, with a dry, slightly gritty bitter aftertaste. Mild for an old ale, but quite refreshing.
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle - pours cola brown, reddish right through with a short-lived two-finger tan head. Aroma dark, ripe fruits, plum, prune, some raisin and blueberry. Flavour has more of the berry fruit, blackberry, currants, some coal-tar/smoke character. Dry, almost chalky finish with a subtle pithy bitterness. Not my favourite style, but a well-crafted beer that I’d certainly drink again.
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark murky brown with thin short lasting head. Aroma of nuts, chocolate caramel and earthiness. Thick and yet smooth and very easy to drink. Taste is chocolate, nuts, dried fruit, earthiness and toffee. Overall a very easy drinking beer that far exceed my expectations well done.
Tessic (784) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This ale poured a deep, dark red colour with a big, tan, foamy head. To the nose there are scents of coffee, caramel, chocolate with a little grass. First swig was smooth and rich with flavours of roasted malts to the point of coffee, a little cocoa and nuts. Finish was burnt and roasty with a little smoke and ripe fruit.
probstblueribbon (2621) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
500 ml bottle from LCBO, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. BB 16AU11.
App.: Very deep mahogany with a fair light tan head.
Aroma: Chalky, minerals, chocolate, some green, slightly dank hops, a bit soapy and woodsy, floral notes, pine/eucalyptus, some black coffee, a little dark dried fruit, not bad.
Palate: Medium-ish body, low effervescence.
Flav.: Somewhat stark and restrained, muted malt notes decorated with some vaguely floral, resinous, woodsy hops, less than the nose, which wasn’t terribly much to begin with; dry with some bitterness and a watery, black tea finish that ends somewhat abruptly and without refinement.
Dark, yes. Handsome...maybe to its mother.