Radek Kliber (6297) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 24, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2009 Mineral hop aroma, slightly buttery nose. Neat amber-red looking beer with good white crown on top . Sweet berry , white sugar , rather light bodied . Very sweet fruitiness . Rye shows late as the sample warms up .
HogTownHarry (5977) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught (cask). At Volo Cask Days 2005. Didn’t quite know what to make of this one. Poured hazy mahogany with visible white floaties, with a huge (for cask) lasting off-white head. Nose is very sour, black current / raspberry jam, other tart fruit juices, some grains; interesting, but still not sure what to make of it. Taste was lighly alcoholic, the berryfruit seemed a tad stale, the grain (rye?) was more prounounced, but this was still quite sour. Mouthfeel was acidic and almost syrupy - a fair amount going on. By the end of my half-pint sample I determined I liked it okay, but would like to try it again to see how much.
GregClow (2806) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask half-pint at Volo Cask Days. Yes, you read that right - this was a cask-conditioned lager brewed with rye and black currant. Pours dark amber with more head than I expected. Hice hops on the nose, with the rye and currants poking through from the background. Flavour holds some very nice bready rye notes with the currants and hops providing surprisingly good counterpoints. This could’ve been a complete disaster, but somehow it worked, and I really enjoyed it.