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Grand River Old Defiant Old Ale

Grand River Old Defiant Old Ale
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Formerly brewed at Grand River Brewing
Style: Old Ale
Cambridge, Canada


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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matt7215 (2169) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2011
on cask at the 2011 brewers inspiration party. nice dark red with a tan head. big malty nose. semi sweet malt forward flavour. spot on old ale, not overly exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2011
Pour murky mahogany. Aroma quite boozy, cardamon, cinnamon, lots of spices. Taste very boozy, tons of spice, cinnamon, cardamon, some rye. MF pretty big thick body. Solid brew this was a beast.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (8573) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2011 Passable experiment. One of their five beers on the previous night, had at Grambinus. Black body wth a nice head. Sourish fancy brown beer with a dry finish. Gets bitter and drier as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrManning (2004) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2011
Fresh growler, hand bottled from cask at the brewery. Thanks to Adil and Milos for sharing! Deep mahogany with ruby edges, pours a thin but large bubbled head. The nose has a lot of spice, mostly cardamon and cinnamon, with vanilla and rye notes. Sweet rye like flavours with lots of spice and an alcohol heft. Not all that balanced really. Sweet, quite alcoholic, with a fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2011
Cask at GRBís cask tasting. Nice dark murky rubyish brown with not much head. Aroma is full of cherries, cinnamon, cardamon, booze and not much else. Flavour hits you in the face. Same elements of the aroma, spicy finish with a huge kick of alcohol. Itís almost like an amber ale with no hops and a shot of vodka in the glass. Very subtle element of nail polish which Iím extremely sensitive to. Wow. Felt extremely thick and hot. Would be good as a 30mL sample but beyond that it kind of kicks my ass too much to really enjoy. Perhaps a little bit over-board on this one Iím afraid to say.

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