HogTownHarry (6042) - 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 bakerís 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 Iíd 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 (837) - 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 (2864) - 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 wasnít 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.
oldgrowler (14) - USA - JAN 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I wish they would stop giving craft beers childish names and sparse labels that look like a logo-generator program designed them. I almost didnít try this one because of the packaging, but because it was British I relented at the last minute to this "Smooth creamy beer with hints of lemon, blackcurrant, liquorice." Nothing could be further form the truth. Mouthfeel was watery like cola. Looks like cola too, but who cares really? Aroma on the other hand was delightful, like baking. Taste is spicy, raisiny, cocoa--equally comforting. Remarkably, not bitter, not acidic, not super-malty like others of this style. This is a baking-spice, savoury beer, not fruity really. Very likeable and drinkable because flavours and characters balance perfectly. A little thicker, and this beer could be top notch by critics standards.
Frothmeister (545) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle. Pours chestnut brown with a light tan head that disappears quickly. Cocoa and woody aromas up front, with faint earthy notes, dried fruit and surprisingly strong alcohol at 5%. Taste is cocoa, coffee, malt, with faint hints of vanilla, mint, and straw with nice bitterness. Black licorice and citrus in the finish. An easy drinking dark. Tasty.
TheJester (1790) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
5oo mL bottle. Dark, with almost ruby where the light gets through. Interesting aroma has a lot of fruit, berries, yeast, and dark chocolate. The flavour doesnít quite live up to the aroma, unfortunately, partially due to the thin body. The berries are there, and some caramel comes out as it warms, but the finish is a little tinny.
JesseM (1146) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
500mL from the Lhikcbo. Pours a nice clearish dark brown with a very small tan head. Aroma is nice, chocolate over caramalts, not much going on actually, just simple and decent. Flavour is also kind of simple to be honest, refined roasted dark malts, fleeting dark fruits, grapes, bitter undertone. Blends very well together with no off-flavours, very clean. Body is very light for the style and the carbonation is more excessive than I would really want. Not sure why this one seems to be going over so well with the Ontario crowd, I actually find it somewhat bland and uninteresting, but I guess thatís just me. I even served it at just below room temperature to appreciate the flavours, and itís failed to deliver. Meh...
pootzboy (1578) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle dated Aug 16.
Poured a clear dark brown with requisite ruby highlights. Smallish head, demure carbonation.
Aroma is decent in the vein of a London porter; roast a bit of sweetness, fruit, wet hay.
Front is roasty lightly sweet with proper fuggles balance then a black current fruityness and it goes to a wet but dry finish.
Really decent porter but a tad thin in the palate.