Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy brown with minimal beige head and no lacing. Aroma is nutty, some dark fruits, spices, strong malt presence. Taste is full of Caramel, spices, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, coconut. Full body and medium carbonation. Pretty good.
Sammy (8773) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting ale, more boozy that declared abv. Hops were a bit faded but added flavour. Whiskey and a bit of sour mash in the finish.
tbadiuk (10) - Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with an off-white head. Oak and Whiskey on the noise. Taste is spicy with an alcohol bite. Pretty nice. Wish they’d re-brew this with my 2nd use barrels to see how it would turn out.
HogTownHarry (6126) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
May 13, 2011 - with blankboy, jerc & mabel. J&K’s bomber. Murky deep amber with a huge lasting fluffy off-white head. Aroma is oddly vanilla - barrel-aged? - smells like a floral/citrus APA with some backbone sweet fruity malt. Taste, even more vanilla/oak, more like a floral sweet barley wine with alcohol and vanilla, not all that well meshed, but okay. Thick, quite carbonated, mid-length bitter finish, a little sweet and alcohol-dry in the finish. Decent.
Boutip (4775) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of oak and whiskey is more dominant then I had anticipated with some spicy rye notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by whiskey notes with light alcohol notes discernable with spicy rye notes and some oak notes are also noticeable. Body is quite full with good carbonation and some alcohol was apparent. Interesting but in the end there was too much oak and whiskey notes for my own taste.
pushkinwow (2038) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber - thanks Ted. Hazy/murky brown with dark biege head. Barley, sweet malts, overripe fruit, yeast, apricots, some oak, caramel, and booze (whiskey). Somewhat sweet, high carbonation, medium body, fruity, boozy and spice finish. Worth trying.
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[3731-20110513] 650mL bottle. Spiced tea malt aroma. Murky, dark red amber body with a big long-lasting foamy light tan head. Buttered toast crumbs flavour has a lot of barrel aging and underlying oaked notes. Medium-full body. Good. (6/3/6/3/14) 3.2
(w/ blankboy, HogTownHarry, jerc)
blankboy (6174) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle [650ml] shared with HogTownHarry, jerc & mabel -- c/o j&m. Pours a murky orange-copper with a large lasting rocky off-white head. Aroma and flavour of vanilla, whisky and wood foremost followed by roasted malt and chocolate -- too much barrel-aging qualities for me. Syrupy mouthfeel, average bodied. It’s fine for what it but I wish the barrel-aging were more subtle, the base beer is lost.
jercraigs (7934) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011-05-13. Brown body with a massive foamy beige head and lace. 4+ Modest aroma makes its first impression with a barrel character, but it is far less overpowering than some other barrel aged beers, and the malty base still comes out. 7+ The flavour is similar, with a modest woody barrel profile leading the way, sweet malt base, lingering mild melange of whiskey and barrel in the finish is surprisingly pleasant. 7+ Smooth medium bodied palate suits the beer nicely. 3+ One of the best barrel aged brews I have had in a long time, the oak works pretty well with the base beer and creates some lovely highlights. I still find that the barrel dominates just a little too much for my own tastes unfortunately, overshadowing the lovely malt and grains underneath just slightly more than desired. 2010 Vintage Bottle purchased from the brewery about 8 months ago.
Glouglouburp (6085) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
In short: A cloyingly sweet oaky experiment. It is what it is.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed 6 months after the beer release. First batch. Bottle sent to me by oakbluff, thanks Scott
The look: Cloudy dark red body topped by a long-lasting small beige head
In long: Nose is has some rye, some oak, a bit of cedar and inexplicable maraschino cherries. Taste of children sweet barley candies, maraschino cherries, caramel, some rye, spiciness, too much booze, some oak tannins and lots of bitter red ruby grapefruits. I really don’t know how to explain the maraschino cherries aroma and flavour I was getting. First non-cherry beer where I get such a strong maraschino cherries sensation. But the main problem of this ber is that it is cloyingly sweet. Carbonation was a bit too soft and made this sweet boozy beer feels even more syrupy. A disappointment, I have been let down by a few Half Pints lately. Sitting home watching TV and the three bottles I opened tonight were all disappointing. One of these days I’ll realize today has been one of those days.