Frothmeister (479) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Pours dark, dark, dark brown, with a tan head. Aroma is cocoa, dried fruit, dried cherry, fain smoke, vanilla, espresso, and a little spice. Taste is very sweet, with molasses, dried fruit, alcohol up front. Kind of makes me think of a barley wine with more coffee notes. Excellent stuff, I just wish I was drinking it in the winter.
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
black pour, not really any head. mostly tasted black licorice, raisins and booze. not a fan of black licorice so i didnt really like this beer.
MarkoR (425) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown, almost black colour with small beige foam on top. Aroma of roasty malts. Taste of chocolate, coffee. Sweet beer!
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, golden brown. Dark tan head, goes away quickly. Mild, resiny hop notes, charcoal and molasses, crispy toasted yeastish(is that a word?) aroma. Flavor earthy with spice hints, alcohol aftertaste. Medium to thick body. Improves as it warms, warms you up from the inside as well... YUM
herrbrown1974 (412) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. Ruby pour, tan head. A lot going on here. Aromas of burnt malt, lavender, citrus hops, prunes. Oily mouthfeel. A little metallic and salty, not well balanced, but nice levels of sweet dried fruit, coffee, dark chocolate, and then a fresh hoppy finish. Not too boozy given the ABV. Ok, not great.
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bunget (391) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an oily deep amber-brown body with a decent mocha head that settles down rather quickly, until it reaches about 1cm. Aroma is woody, floral hops, caramel, toffee, old cheese, some smokiness, spices and dates. Taste: caramel, roasted malt, dates, brown sugar, vague hop presence, floral, a little medicinal, soft and round. Not bad, but probably the worst of their brew.
swiseman (382) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 10, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
While this is an excellent beer very rich in both malt and hop flavour, the strong alchol taste is overally present. very thick body. a good sipping beer, but maybe a bit too "heavy" for most drinkers.
JRHBrew (366) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good, not great. Doesn’t warrant the price of admission. Six dollars at my local NB Liquor should good me something along the lines of this brewery’s winter warmer or something enjoyable from Unibroue. That being said, it does have a lot going for it. The finish is surprisingly clean. Not being too familiar with the style I can’t comment too much on it. However, it is not the best black beer I’ve had with a malty character and high alcohol content.
rwgould (323) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.5l bottle from the LCBO. Served in a pint glass. Pours an opaque brown, small frothy beige head that dissipates quickly. Aroma: Grapes (muscat), chocolate, coffee. Palate: Full bodied. Creamy. Slow, slightly dry finish. Taste: Flavour packs a punch. Sweet and bitter, notable alcohol taste. Strong notes of butterscotch. Pretty good.
neongolden (284) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2012 (500mL from LCBO) Poured at cellar temperature, a clear dark brown with auburn accents and a thin ring of head quickly dissipating off-white head. Aroma of molasses, dates, muscat grapes, raisins, rum balls, woodiness. Flavour is sweet to start, molasses, cocoa powder, vinous grape juice, dark fruit, something like smoky oak and light bittering hops leading to a dry finish where the alcohol makes the barest impression, again with chocolate. Smooth, malt and sugar addition-driven without much yeast character as expected. Fairly light mouthfeel for the ABV, no burn and soft carbonation. This feels like an old-school beer like I imagine the style to be typified by.