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 (1586) - Hawgville, 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 (8529) - 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 (2879) - 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.
Radek Kliber (6386) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 17, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Light, sweet aroma . Slightly earthy , low on hop . One sided , plain beer.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2003
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
reddish brown, off white head. scant aroma of caramel and malt. the flavour starts out toasty malt and goes a little bitter, but then disappears in a whirlwind of water and carbonation.
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted at TFOB. Dark colour, I see the style here is American dark. Over carbonated composition. Light malty taste, little or no apparent hop flavour.
jercraigs (7782) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2003 Toronto Festival of Beer 2001 - Unexceptional, but drinkable. I got it by mistake thinking it was Red Maple from Northern. Beerfest 2003 rerate: Slightly sweet aroma, no head, thin bodied.
CapFlu (4493) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2003
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Draught) Copper body with an almond head. Nice malt aroma. VERY THIN. Clean finish...