JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Scots Corner London Ontario. Dark brownish black body, with creamy thick head. Aromas of coffee, molasses and nuts. Tastes of slight malt, and coffee. Very smooth and light beer. Easy to drink! One of my favorite dark beers, however not like any dark beers I have had.
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
When Brick called this beer dark, they sure weren’t talking lightly – it’s totally black, with no opaqueness. A decidedly un-5% alc./vol. waft of ethanol escapes the glass, quickly followed by surprisingly muted notes of sugar, hot caramel and a drop of molasses. Given the intense colour, the flavour is disappointingly thin: traces of burnt toffee and chocolate milk behind an eaves-trough-full of rainwater. Refreshing rather than overpowering, Waterloo Dark is a show-off beer that looks like a black Corvette but has a tractor motor under the hood.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sometimes you just want a dark beer, and this is the my go to dark beer when I don’t want it to be overwhelming... like a lot of dark beers are. First and only ever schwarz. Reccomended!
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 not too bad. a good stab at a real beer from canada’s biggest wannabe macro brewer. fairly decent, actually contains enough flavour to fool regular macro swill drinkers. flavour is pleasant, but its a little watery for my liking.
shorlin (721) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - AUG 9, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
At first this beer looks great. Very dark and good head, but if you wait 30 seconds it just fizzes away like any mediocre beer. Still have to give it points for colour. The aroma is actually nice. Decent maltiness. Some roast and toast, but not a whole lot. Taste doesn’t live up to the aroma, and certainly not the colour. Almost non-existent in the dark toastiness I hoped for. Can I be said to be disappointed, if I expected to be disappointed?
travismills (37) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2004 This is a very intresting beer, alot of taste, not a superb taste, but alright. Very dark and unique.
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2004
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
On tap. This might’ve been watered down or flat (it was at Peel Pub after all) but this was a terrible experience. Dark, yes, but otherwise totally lacking in character. Grape bubblegum on the nose, nothing else to distinguish it.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light but decent aroma of roasted malt and maybe a hint of coffee. Attractive dark colour with ruby highlights but poor head retention. Light body. Slightly sour malt taste. LIght flavour but drinkable. Best as first beer of the day, does not hold up well following moderately hopped or stronger bodied beer. Fits the commercial deScription to a T.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2004
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle, Skydome, Toronto (from their Beers of the World vendor – it was this, Alexander Keith’s, or Carlsberg!). Dark beer in colour only, this is a light tasting beer with only the slightest hint of malt in the taste. Not much else going on. Easy to drink though and the appearance and packaging is nice.
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2004 At one time, Waterloo Dark was a solid "exotic" choice. Either the beer has changed or the competition - foreign and domestic - have left it far behind. Flavour is in hiding. A dark beer for those who like macros.