Raistlin (185) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown redish colour with minimal head. Not a lot of carbonation which is to be expected. Bit of earthy aroma almost toasty. Bit of floral feel to it. Medium bitterness to it and medium body as well. Slick texture to it and smooth finish.
DialSquare (3523) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from The Andersons on Bent Tree. Amber pour with sturdy off-white, almost tan head. Aroma of toasted and caramel malt. Tastes are toffee, floral, burnt sugar, cereal, pine, earthy. Sharp, but good balance. Strange. Sort of interesting.
superspak (3500) - Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/13/2015. Pours crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, grapefruit, orange zest, light pine, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate citrus/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Good amount of herbal/piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malts and moderate citrus/earthy hop flavors; with a nice crisp malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a very good amber ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and moderate citrus/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. I definitely got some English yeast character from this, but the estery qualities were very well restrained. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Johnsense (1012) - - MAR 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber pour, large head. Hopping here more akin to english than american in both aroma and taste. Fruity, caramel malt, bitter, very quaffable. Lighter grapefruit and resin notes. Medium body.
Lubiere (11232) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A hazed copper amber ale with a thick mocha head. In aroma, nice caramel malt with pleasant nutty notes, treacle, smooth coffee. In mouth, a nice nutty caramel malt with light tobacco qualities, faint signs of oxidation, but overall, pleasant. Another forgotten 5 year old bottle.
Canmoore (331) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear amber, with a medium cream head. Aroma notes include roasted malt, florals, pine, and crackers. Tasting notes include toasty malts, caramel, toffee, and resinous pine. This is a fantastic beer, super hoppy!! I like it a lot!
Ferris (8103) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - Light grapefruit and pale malts. Clear copper with a rich beige head. Nice up front pithy bitterness and a crisp finish. Tasty and a great local.
markas101 (2027) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl bottle, Mulmur, ON, Canada. Dark golden, thick head. Brown sugar-resin aroma. Thick, strong nectarine flavour. Long sweet caramel finish balanced nicely with malt. Better than I thought.
berntholer (1449) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
thick stable ivorywhite head fades slowly with foamhead and structured lacing. orangeblonde colour. aroma of candysugar, bit peach, metallic. taste caramel, some esters, peach, metallic, bit peppery like saison with bitter but also wry aftertaste. medium body, lots of carbonation. bottle 50cl / bd apr-2014
mathieuc (2283) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from the LCBO thanks to czar, dated 2014/MAY/8. Pours a strong golden/light copper with a huge foamy white head that leaves fluffy lacing. Nose is of earthy hops and lightly metallic, you can even smell the carbonic acid I think. Taste is moderately bitter and dry, offers more carbonic bite and not much else. Some caramel, earthy/woody/strawy hops and that’s about it. Body is medium and carbonation way too high and problematic. There is some light grain husk in the finish along with some soapy and almost harsh bitterness. I didn’t have much expectations and this beer didn’t even try to reach them. Or maybe it’s the horrible label? Blah.