asheft (2372) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Potent pine hope aroma with spicy toffee malt and undertones of bread crust, apricots, and lemons. Almost opaque and almost clear garnet under tan patches. Sweet toffee flavour quickly yields to spicy pine and apricot hops. Assertive bitterness thatís just a touch too much for me. Plenty of fruit that is fresh and dried mingling with toasted and roasted malt accents: vanilla, faint hazelnut and coffee. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, bitterness lingers.
sunyjim (9) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2011 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Iíve been eager to try a Black IPA since I heard about them in a brew magazine. Exactly as Iíd hoped. WOW citrus hops bold and out there at the front, the dark chocolaty beer flavour warming the middle, and a finish of drying hops on the tongue. It is a pretty cutting edge beer for Ontario Craft breweries, and I will seek out more of this in the future.
pushkinwow (1618) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
341ml bottle. Reddish brown with a thumb of light-tan creamy head. Aroma of hops, cellar, and a bit of malt/grains. Nice fresh hops up front, create a decent bitter dry finish. One of the better ontario ipaís Iíve had in a bit and a welcome addition to what I hope is a regular stock item at the LCBO.
crajun (825) - , Texas, USA - APR 24, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle in trade from robinvboyer. aroma warned me of the hops and they are there!! got used to them enough to tell this is well brewed - just too hoppy for me. dark brown pour - good palate also..
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - APR 5, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flying Monkeys Netherworld CDA is a very dim reddish brown beer with a cappuccino colored head thatís foamy and bubbly. It leaves excellent lace on the glass. It has a heavy citrus aroma with a good dose of dark roast coffee. Itís medium-by-light bodied, foamy and smooth. The crunchy, astringent finish leaves the mouth dry. The flavor is a good dose of citrus bitterness. Dark, roasted tones rumble underneath. Bitter grapefruit and tangerine last well after the swallow. This is a bold and flavorful beer thatís fun to drink, but too tongue crushing to be a session ale.
JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Volo. Deep black pour with a tight tan head. The aroma is quite hoppy. Lots of dark malt and a bit of licorice as well. Herbal and a little bit grassy. There is a lot of fresh hop character, but its not nearly as resinous as other examples Iíve had. Malts are quite well developed with loads of bittersweet cocoa and some very lovely sticky hop oils. There is a slight savoury component that I quite enjoy in here as well. Soft bitterness but loads of hop flavour. Itís a pretty solid take on the style - approachable yet distinct.
Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A sugary sweet (hard-candies) and bitter (fruity + resinous) dark ale. Just ok.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed fresh two weeks after receiving it from HogtownHarry, thanks Harry.
The look: Clear ruby-mahogany body topped by a medium beige head
In long: Nose blends the resinous fruity hops and the fruitiness of the sweet dark malt backbone to create some kind of mix-fruit dark breakfast juice aroma with a resinous twist. Taste has sugary sweet malts and dark fruits which gives a sensation of a dark fruit-flavored hard-candy. Did they use a bunch of crystal malt in this beer? Fruity hops lack the required depth and I was left with that sugary fruity-flavored dark hard-candy in the after taste fighting with the resinous tobacco character of the hops. Needless to say I wasnít blown away by this one. In the past few weeks I had a few very good Ontario beers and I thought I would stop making fun of Ontario beer scene. Maybe not. And I donít care that Ontario beer geeks want to see me dead for making fun of their beer scene. The important part is they all want to see me. So I consider them my fans.
Hammy78 (660) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle purchased at the LCBO. Pours a dark brown, small ring of white head, no lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt. Taste is of roasted malt, a little coffee and hop.
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Discovery Pack. Deep brown body with reluctant head. Excellent aroma profile includes molasses, candied black cherry and icing sugar. While the palate is rich and heavy, it is surprisingly refreshing. Feel-good flavours of coffee, burnt toast and dark chocolate. A very nice beer; will have again.
Boutip (4307) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a clear dark color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops with light roasted malt notes. Taste is a lot more bitter and citrusy then most other Ontario beer out there. Body is halfway full with good carbonation. Well brewed and not something I would avoid revisiting in the near future.