VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Victory - came a very dark, cloudy brown with a creamy off-white cap that left chunky lacing. Looked kind of like a nitro stout settling. Aroma of brown sugar, treacle, some herbal notes and a bit of green hop. Flavour nicely balanced between the sweet malts and the hops, with a brown sugar element appearing again, and a black tea/dry tannic bitterness from the hops. The faintest hint of smoke in there as well. A very nice pint, all-round.
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Bar Volo: Apparently the last of it on tap, my friend who had just beat me to it was kind enough to split it halves and I’m forever grateful. Pours hazy and dark copper, average white head. The aroma is heavy in floral hops, some sweetness breaking through. Flavour is roasted coffee beans, chocolate, and nice floral hop bitterness. What is this? Tastes almost like a light coffee porter with a great mouthfeel. I actually quite enjoyed this.
herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask. Orange brown with a ton of sediment, sticky cream head. Aroma is a little boozy, wood, earthy, bourbon, butterscotch, vanilla. Slightly peaty and rotten fruit. Mouthfeel is light. Not a lot of the complexity in the aroma carries through. Bitter throughout. I was excited when I gave it a sniff, disappointed by the lack of complexity through the flavour. Still, a unique brew.
scantron (63) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
April 28, 2012; Cask at Victory Cafe
Intense aroma; lots of volatiles in this one. Strong flavour of orange, apricot and stone fruit, light pine. Eventually gives way to some roasty chocolates. Pours a dark mahogany with a 1 cm white head. No visible carbonation. Tastes of an interesting mix between an amber ale and a pale ale. Caramel malts are obvious with some vanilla in there. Taste moves towards citrusy and piney hops. Overall, the hops are fairly clean and not overwhelming. Tasty! Light body, almost watery. Little to no carbonation, which isn’t too unusual for cask. Light herbal hop finish. Environment was great and this was a tasty compliment. Liked the mix of flavours, which was a surprise. Interesting brew.
The4Saisons (11) - - JUL 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Full disclosure - this is a personal favourite. I am thrilled any time I find this on cask. A delicious hoppy real ale, tastes like it has about the same IBU as their ubiquitous Hop Addict. Hint of rye flavour in the malt - but I could be imagining that. Cask really brings out the best in this one, and the reasonable ABV makes it quite sessionable. I wish places like Victory/Barhop/Harbord had this more often.