jiffdawg03 (16) - Ralston, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
robinvboyer (3009) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Frothmeister (547) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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!
Spab (2304) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
341 ml bottle from the Beer Store (part of Winter Mingler pack). Pours an amber brown with small tan head. Aroma is gently toasty and has light vanilla, spice and caramel - nice if a little muted. Flavour has toasty caramel, grains, vanilla and gentle spiciness. Body is pretty average. Understated but good.
cfrancis (2279) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a bad winter ale. Pours a dark brown amber with a thin white top. Aroma is chocolate and vanilla. Taste is vanilla, slight bitter chocolate and a slight roasted malt.
whitecap (289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
473 can. pours clear almond brown. Aroma of mint, vanilla, sugar, malt, caramel. medium bodied. taste is sweet with minimal bitterness. low carbonation. I really enjoyed the mint and vanilla. Pleasantly surprised by this one.
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
473ml can from the LCBO. Pours deep copper in colour, with tan head. Malt forward, some marris otter in there? English hops. Not bad.
pootzboy (1578) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: pours a deep clear amber color with a small 1 finger white cap. Moderate carbonation. Pleasant understated aroma of spice, malt and grassy hops. Medium-light body, rocky mouth feel, rounded spicy-malty character. Flavour is very pleasant with a wonderful balance of spice, malts and hops, clean lightly bitter finish. A top notch commercial spiced ale, inoffensive, approachable and well balanced
97hill (46) - - DEC 4, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Second go at this one , tried last spring on a visit to Vancouver Island, today a can from LCBO
looks great , nice choco beer aroma, the vanilla at the end is both unique and odd
like not love , nice beer to switch it up
overall pretty good, would love to try on tap
Hateball16 (105) - - DEC 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Nice ruby colour with excellent clarity, large creamy light tan head, lasts reasonably well and leaves some nice lacing.
Aroma: Very strong vanilla dominates, also some rum notes (actually the aroma can be well described as spiced rum). Faint hop aroma.
Flavour: Quite sweet, not usually a big fan of sweetness, but this actually works for me with this beer. Not much else really, some nuttiness and toasted bread. Slight bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium body, a chewiness that I can’t decide if I like or not. Short finish and not much of the warming aftertaste that I like in a winter beer.
Overall: I could drink this again quite happily, but probably won’t go out of my way to get it. Will try it on tap soon hopefully and maybe it will impress more.