davidm (1868) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 14, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Volo. Great beer. Aromas of flowers, grass, and caramel. Taste is bitter, with very long length. Palate is velvety, with a medium body. Brown, with a frothy head.
pudds (29) - Brandon, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coppery red with a thick creamy head. Smells of citrus hops - very appealing presentation here. Bitter with a burnt copper aftertaste. Leaves a bitter oily residue on the tongue that makes me want more. Very good.
cards04 (1202) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Loved this beer. Very complex. Pours amber withbig poofy head which thins out but lasts. Hoppy nose at first, pine cones and needles on the palate. As it sits, some warm spices come through, along with tobacco and biscuits. A hint of sweet caramel as well. Awesome beer.
JesseM (1135) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2010 Pours a dark burgundy/brown, with a huge beige head. The aroma is a mix of the 6 malt varieties blended into one, along with some earthiness and a touch of hops. It smells pretty nice actually, thereís definitely some pils malt in there that Iím detecting. The taste is again, huge cluster of malts, toffee, caramel, bread, coffee, pretty much all the basics. There is a small hop presence in there, and it does have sort of a pale alelish taste to it. The mouth-feel is fuller because of all the malts, and the earthiness is actually really refreshing tasting. Itís a neat gag, and I like barley malts, therefore this is a good beer, you just have to know and appreciate the differences in pale ale types. Thereís really nothing wrong with this beer. And it was also my 166th beer rated, oooooooooooo creepy.....not really, but hey itís a mildly cool point to make. EDIT: The new hopped-up 2010 version of this beer is fantastic. Went from a respectable but boring regular offering to one of the single best things made in Ontario. Awesome job.
Papillon (353) - Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
473 mL Can. Copper body with a pale beige frothy head that settles to a foamy layer with some stringy lace. Intense expression of resiny hops in the aroma along with sweet malts, some crystal malt, and a note of treacle. The flavor is an English pub type with a full malt body and a nice strong hop expression in the aftertaste and finish. An uncomplicated but devilishly good ale. I.P.A. lovers: have a look at this one.
Bendrixian (862) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2011 On tap at Cíest What in Toronto. I asked for something big and hoppy and brewed in Ontario and this is what he suggested.Brownish in colour with good head, Aromas are hoppy citrus notes. Really hoppy profile with little malts. Palate is more of the same. up front hoppy pine cone notes. some buiscuit notes as well but there is a lack of malt.Overall, i thought it was a beautiful pint.
Hammy78 (659) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purchased at the LCBO. Pours a awesome dark orange colour. Plump whitish head that leaves, clumps of lace on the glass. Aroma is not super strong, a little grapefruit and touch of pine needles. Taste is citrus like grapefruit and bitter on the back end to numb the tongue a little. Great drinking beer for availability and price for me.
BiggJonStudd (11) - - JUN 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
473ml can from the LCBO. Pours deep red. Nice, citrus hop aroma and flavour.
TheRoot (38) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Upon first sniff there is a hint of sweetness. This is the shy start to something beautiful... understated sweet nose with just the faintest hint of what is to come... I had a 5 oz serving as part of a three beer sampler at Volo (on tap of course) It poured a dark rich amber colour with a slightly off white head that persisted throughout the entire sample. It presented lacing worthy of a drunken spider in a fishing net factory. The sweet hints in the scent gave way to a robust roasted flavour with just a hint of a citrusy zest finishing with the sweet aftertaste. All in all an enjoyable beer.
cfrancis (2016) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big eye opening beer! I think Great Lakes and reworked the recipe and hopped it up a bit. Aroma is lots of malt and hop. Pours a dark brown with a big frothy off white head. Taste is a great balance of malt and hop. Very earthy and a great beer. Iíll be having this again.