MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Any first impressions?
-A veil of creamy head leaves decorative lacing around an obscure brown with burgundy hues.
-Sweet chestnuts atop roastiness form a meek perfume.
-Roastiness takes the lead in the flavor, but plenty of caramel and hazelnuts sweeten the deal.
-A silky mouthfeel is created by these malts; well-fed yet perfectly drinkable.
What if you dig deeper?
-Subtle citrusy, herbal hops link the roasted and chocolate malts well.
-Dark chocolate soundly makes its way to the malt’s reach, a sign of its complexity.
-It finishes smoothly with just enough of a roasted malt bitterness and sweet cherry fruitiness to please.
-This is definitely reminiscent of Bedondaine’s own Noix de Marmotte brown ale.
-An expertly carved monument to brown ales which remains accessible to most beholders.
Bottle; no date.
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 Dark brown colour. Aromatic dark malts complement light sugar & nuts. Sweet and smokey body shows surprising complexity for the style. A bit thin at the finish but pretty good.
3fourths (7770) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich dark brown with some orange light at the edges. Some chocolate and coffee scents, almost an oatmeal flavor as well, but the taste is very porter-like: rich, toasty dry malts with some light fruit or maple notes. Overall it ends up being a little plain and simple.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted straight from the fermenting tank (finished). Clouded reddish amber appearance. Nutty charcoal, creay aroma. Sweetish nutty coffee flavor, slightly dryish chocolaty finish.
texasbeerlover (9) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2005 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
: Described as chocolaty and roasty but not too heavy. Very dark brown. Not as much chocolate aroma as I would like (Baird?). Hop aroma present, but not too noticeable. Perhaps a little more chocolate malt than I use, but not much (~7%). Very drinkable, with a nice chocolate character, more roasty than ours. Finishes nice and smooth with NO aftertaste. Very much enjoyed conversing with the staff
CapFlu (4315) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draught) Thin, beige, creamy head with a deep mahogany body. Nose of roasted malt, whiskey and bitter cocoa powder. Very roasted flavour with strong alcohol tones... but thin...
presario (4522) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2007 Weird! Two years later and my rating points are identical when sampled on tap.
Musty roasted malt aroma. Very dark with a light thin creamy head and a light lacing. With a bright light against the glass a few floaties can be seen. Aggressive initial flavour. Very good with a bold coffee approach. Slightly acidic sour finish.
JoeMcPhee (8168) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep dark brown with a slight ruby tint, thick tan-coloured head. Chocolately malt aroma, some espresso and cola as well. Rich coffee flavour, with some faint chocolate and an assertively bitter finish. This strikes me as more of a porter than a brown ale. Very good.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 11, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a decent brown ale. Not surprisingly, it’s brown in color. decent roastiness. Probably the best of Canoe’s beers that I had.
stephen louis (162) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On the pour: black mahogany with a tan head,crazy lacing.bitter coffee/chocolate nose.
On taste:Sweet crystal malt for about a nano-second that goes into chocolate malt,just before the dark malt kicks in there is a little bit of hop bitterness too.The middle is a basic dark chocolate malt and golding blend,done right,the finish is coffee and hops.
On body:This is a very creamy finishing beer,yet with a dry start,a reasonable body,some thickness on the tongue all in all a real nice beer..
This is a brown ale not a stout,so comparing it to one is like apples to oranges.