Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Beer Bistro Golden Tap Awards. Red body, small white head. Sweet dark lager taste, thin and uninspiring, but pretty darn drinkable. Not for the first time at this little well run fest, I was pleasantly surprised - some of these "average" rated Ontario microís do taste better from a fresh keg for sure.
Cartoonkhaki (1225) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Red amber hue with thin wispy head... sarbonated aroma slight apple cider. good body slightly weak though.... nothing special though...
can8ianben (1446) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2005
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cheap alternative to Rickards Red on tap. Not much going on, it has more flavour than a normal lager and a much nicer colour, but still fairly bland.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle- Pours a dark amber colour with just a hint of rouge in it. Not as red as I would have thought. head is frothy, and off white. Aroma is sour, minimal hops. Taste is slightly sour, earthy, with some malt hints. Watery on the finish. Decent enough to drink again.
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2006 Pretty decent. Very red looking with a normal amber ale flavour. A little thin on the palate side
Earlier Rating: 6/20/2004 Total Score: 2.2
red colour. no head. taste is lacking a bit. a little fizzy. thin and watery. boring.
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2004
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Why does the T.O. Festival of Beer have to have so many sucky beers? Creamy, frothy pour and a maple syrup colour to it, some cookie and toffee notes and a sticky body. As it warms, however, it begins to fall apart, with a cheap homebrew taste to it. Had potential but went nowhere.
pootzboy (1677) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2004
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2006 Judging by the varied reviews this beer must vary lot to lot...that seems to explain it to me. Sampled twice at the goodbeer festival. Poured a copper color (whereís the "red" here?) slight head that disappeared fast. No real nose to it... wisps of caramelized malt where barely detected. Has a weak mouthfeel...light body some sweet malt tastes...hops subdued...quick clean finish with no aftertaste. I tried it again after sampling other beers but I got the same impression...this is as mainstream as they come...I didnít bother with their golden horseshoe lager as I suspect it would be similarly mainstream and at this stage of the game Iím lagered out where commonplace commercial tasting extract beers are concerned. This isnít bad but itís not good and has no distinctive qualities...we need another mainstream bland extract beer alike another tax hike.
Sammy (10320) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2004
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think they have strengthened the formula from previous years. This brewery concentrates on sweet things and is brewing cake with beer, ice cream with beer. Thatís its target niche. This brew is carmelized malt. Thereís good carbonization here.
GregClow (3038) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2004
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Light amber with a small biege head. Stale, soapy aroma. Mouthfeel starts creamy, but finishes watery. Flavour is quite non-deScript and vaguely unpleasant. Not good...
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2003
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Clear dark red-brown. Off-white head w/ huge bubbles. Aroma of cook corn & wet cardboard. Thin, watery body. Bland carbonated water flavour w/ some licorice & fuel notes.