neongolden (1196) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draught at Bryden’s, Toronto, June 2012) Poured dark brown with a decent tan head, left quickly with lacing. Aromas of lightly roasted malt and sweet coffee supplemented with the anise/vegetal/sorta-root beer character of the sarsaparilla. The palate gives more light roast, coffee with cream and sugar, a bit of fruitiness and some of that greenish licorice and herb character from the sarsaparilla and a faint bitterness on the finish. Body was medium for a stout and a bit over-carbonated for my taste. The flavours integrated better than expected and the beer seemed to become more cohesive and refreshing as it drank. Much less of a novelty beer than expected.
blankboy (7180) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Bryden’s for ’Best of the West’, June 21. Pours a very dark brown with an average size semi-lasting frothy tan head. Aroma is roasty along with some sarsaparilla, licorice, dark fruit and lactic notes. Flavour of roasted malt, cream, licorice, coffee and lots of dark fruit. Medium bodied. This is really pleasant and not at all what I expected, I really enjoyed it.
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[4528-20120620] Tap. Candied nut coffee roasted malt aroma. Black brown body with a quick foamy tan head. Roasted coffee and sweet but and light toasted bandaid in the flavour. Full body. Quite refreshing cold, nice balance. (7/3/7/4/15) 3.6
(@ Bryden’s, Toronto, ON)
jercraigs (9722) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012-06-20. Black body with a modest tan head. 3+ Modest aroma, light roast, light herbal character that I assume is sarsparila? Similar flavour, dark malt base, very very light roast notes. Muted sweet dark malt foundation. Mild herbal character. Average plus bodied palate. 3+ Less like a modern day root beer than I had hoped from the waitress’s description but it is pretty decent and quite drinkable. On cask at Brydens, Toronto.
Sammy (11076) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Created for OCB week, enjoyed on tap at Bryden’s. The aroma is licorice and root beer first, malt second. Dark brown coloured body with thick lace. A drinkable stout, above average mouthfeel. The taste is roasted malt and chocolate. Not extrememly enjoyable, more of a serviceable stout. Nice to try.