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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Combines premium malt with aromatic specialty hops. Brewed with our special yeast, this beer has a vanilla like finish. A robust ale. Pair it with holiday meals.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2013
2013-01-13. Lightly hazy ruby brown body, small beige head. 3+ Sweet earthy malt aroma, notes of not quite Ovaltine seems familiar, and carries into the flavour. Sweetish middle finishes with drier accents, lightly dusty Ovaltine meets caramel accents. Bit if a vanilla note? Smooth average plus body. Decent. Bottle courtesy of GregClow.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Horrible blind-order pairing with a pizza but saving it until the end made for a tasty dessert. Vanilla and chocolate dominate. Would probably make a great beer float.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (1728) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
473 mL can. Nice looking beer - bronze with a small but persistent beige head. Smells good too - sweet vanilla is there but not overpowering, and there is a hint of chocolate from the malt. So far, so good. Flavour is a little flat and underdeveloped, unfortunately. The vanilla is there, but everything alse is muddled and uninteresting.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
Canette 473ml. De couleur ambrée-foncée et claire. Nez de vanille, moyen de malt sucré, léger de pain et de caramel avec des notes de chocolat au lait et de houblon herbeux. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’une texture aux notes huileuses. Goût d’extrait de vanille (présent toute la gorgée) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un moyen goût de grains de malt moyennement sucrés et très légèrement rôtis avec des notes de caramel doux et de chocolat au lait (très faibles traces lactiques) puis en finale l’on retrouve un léger regain de goût de vanille, des notes amères de houblon herbeux aisni que quelques traces épicées piquante (poivre? cannelle?). Post-goût moyen, composé d’un résiduel de vanille sucrée avec quelques notes de houblon herbeux et des traces rôties.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (3007) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Surprisingly decent for Granville. Stong aromas of both vanilla and cocoa. Pours copper, medium to high carbonation though a little high for style. Taste has mild bitterness and sourness. A chalk-like finish to this. A little tinny also, but had this in a tall can.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AGAquino (658) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2013
473ml can from the LCBO. Malty, milk chocolate and spice aroma, flavours of chocolate milk, spices and light hop bitters.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tessic (816) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
This ale poured a deep amber colour with a quick living, soapy, white coloured head. Scents include caramel, bread and sweet grass. First sip was smooth and malty with flavours of brown sugar and caramel with a small amount of milk chocolate. finish is really malty with light chocolate flavours lingering.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jiffdawg03 (16) - Ralston, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2013 Pour is a dark amber brown. Very clear. Scent is of vanilla, sugar, mint, and a hint of chocolate. Taste is a dark malty flavor backed by hints of vanilla and mint. Hardly any bitterness... not much for hops. Finish is light bitter though. Its OK.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
robinvboyer (2878) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
On tap at the moose in north bay. Clear dark brown pour, with a tiny white head. Sweet, fake, artificial cocoa aroma, light spice, and sweet butterscotch malts. This isnt totally unpleasant, but whoa is it sweet. I washoping the finish wouldnt reflect the aroma, but its just as sugary and sweet. Not awful but not my bag either.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Frothmeister (525) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2012
473ml can. Pours a clear dark brown with an orangey tan head. Aroma is a head-scratcher. Cocoa, white freezies, and I swear to Jeebus, vanilla Misty Mints. The taste has a watery dark malt base, with cocoa, straw, artificial vanilla, faint mint, mineral notes, faint citrus and a chemical aftertaste. Another fine product from the chemists at Molson/Coors. Just wait until you try their Rickard’s Oakhouse! Craptastic!


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