iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1 litre bottle. Mahogany colour with a medium head that diminishes quite fast to almosy non existant. Roasted malt and english hop aroma. Nutty malt taste with some coffee taste as well. Decenet hop bitterness.
Cartoonkhaki (1205) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber brown, light brown dead, light malty aroma slight roastedness in aroma and flavour sweet flavours malty watery palate... decent...
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2004
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown beer with a thick pillowy lasting tan head. Strange British-style dry hopped aroma over top of some dark malts. Strong fusel alcohol aroma as well. Flavour of light coffee/caramel malts. Strangely the strong sharp fusel aroma is not as prominent in the mouth. Lightly hopped finish. Would be better without the alcoholic character.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark chestnut with a weak beige head. Nose was malt, fruit, sweetish. Medium bodied and on the thin side. Flavor was mildly sweet, come coffee notes, aome frutiness. Brought this to a tasting and most people were very keen on it. I thought it was decent but not remarkable.
Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2005 Re-rate. Had this in the neat glass bottles and the customary cans. A really solid brown ale. Dark brown, red hints in the glass, big brown head that looks fantastic. Nice earthy malt aroma with hints of fruit (this may sound stupid, but I grew up around an apple orchard and this smells like stomped and trodden on Macís). Medium bodied, really pleasant mild malt taste with more hints of lingering fruit and sweetness. Only slight hops come through at the end. Just a solid session ale and an impressive effort from Hockley - get over the can (I did) and enjoy...original on draught 6 4 6 3 12 3.1 at Cíest What last year in a 4 oz sample
Crockett (998) - Steelback County, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
1 Litre swingtop botte. Pours amber/red witha rocky off white head. Toffee, light chocolate malt aroma. Chocolatey malts. Thin mouthfeel. Some bread dough. Unripe fruit. Everything tastes good but is quite dull. Butterscotch tea-like astringent finish. A little confusing. But not as confusing as whether I’ll pay $8 for another one.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark auburn appearance with a good frothy almond head that disappears rather quickly. The nose is fruity with a hint of raspberry. A good fresh english hoppiness invades the olfactories. A slight citrusyness at the back of the nose. This ale is candyish at the front, almost a caramel presence but with a bit of fruitiness backing it up. Light chocolate tastes finishes the rather quick body. Slightly sweet and could use an increased hop presence in the finish. Otherwise a fine english ale.
ddenomme (36) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Minimal head and persistent lacing. A "light dark" -- nice light burnt nut taste, good tenacious aftertaste. No real body, but a good, enjoyable beer if you find some other darks too heavy or syrupy.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear bright mahogany. Creamy beige head. Dark, malty aroma of caramel, light chocolate, nuts, & wood. Medium-light feel. Very malty, lightly roasty, chocolate flavour.
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown in colour. Aroma of nuts, chocolate and caramel malts, mild roast. Flavour was of chocolate covered nuts, some coffee, mild caramel. Medium body. Finishes light with a mild bitterness. Not bad.