probstblueribbon (2379) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 16, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
341 ml bottle in a 6-pack from LCBO, served cold in a Scotch Irish taster glass.
App.: Deep clear mahogany with a so-so tan head.
Aroma: Nutty dark malts, minimal fruitiness, slightly spicy with some stern brown sugar notes, dark bread crust, hints of caramel as it warms.
Palate: Medium body, moderate to full effervescence.
Flav.: Dark bready malts, nuttiness, some light molasses and some brown sugar notes, a little fruitier than the nose, a touch of licorice, quite nice; dry with a touch of bitterness and a mineral with slight malts finish.
Not mind-blowing, but competent.
Metalchopz (1753) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 3, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Purchased in Toronto at a LCBO. Part 2 of 3 dark brown beer that are tested. This one pours a clear brown colour, and looks quite close to the Black Oak Nut Brown Ale I just had. The only difference is that the lacing is slightly thinner on this one and the retention does not last as long. The nose is of dark fruits, yeast and mild dark malts. Watery carbonated mouthfeel with very light stickiness. The taste is pretty mild, with some roasted malts and a light sweetness in the finish. Not a bad product, but just laking punchiness.
JesseM (1101) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
341mL bottle from a sixer I got at my Liccboh. Pours a dark amberish brown with a small tan head. The aroma is toffee and roasted caramalts underneath metalic Noble hops. Seems weird and off at first but gets better the more you sniff. Flavour is very nice, starts out almost sour with grainyness then some good sweet malt body kicks in, with a bitter hop bite in the finish. Grainy malty awesomeness. Minor mocha hint to it as well. Leaves the palate wanting more. Super-sessionable, this is an excellent beer, and I’m glad it’s finally available in my area.
Spab (1646) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
341 ml bottle from Beer Store. Pours a dark amber with small white head. Malty aroma with toffee and a light roastiness. Nice flavour with nuttiness, coffee, toffee and a pleasant, slightly bitter finish. The more I had of this, the more I liked it.
Gpnterojd (175) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Found some old bottles in my garage. Surprisingly aromatic, it contains shades of rye bread, almonds and molasses. Taste has some chalkiness which may be due to the ridiculous temperature extremes involved in spending a couple of years in a garage. Still, there is an attractive hoppiness to accompany the roasted nuts, chocolate and wood flavours. Oddly dry mouthfeel -- although I was expecting worse, especially since one of its neighbouring bottles was still sealed yet only 3/4 full.
LordBeamish (144) - Boozetown, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best beers I’ve had in a long time. Many trips will be made to King City (well actually Nobleton) to pick this gem up. Nice dark colour, opens with bitter coffee notes but finishes in a well balanced symphony of sweetnees! Nice caramel flavourings as well. Really nice!
markas101 (1668) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
33 cl bottle, Mulmur, ON, Canada. Deep amber colour, velvetty head, caramel and faint roasted barley aroma. Sweet caramel apple flavor, roasted but subtle, nice mixed finish.
KingofCastle (202) - London, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle: Thanks to Lord Beamish for this one . . . this is what craft beer should be. Huge flavour & fresh tasting. I detect a coffee or bitter flavour upfront with a sweet finish. I immediately think of a sweet cola taste. This beer smells good as soon as you open the bottle and pour. Quality malts and hops are evident. Lacing is good. I think their ad says it best, Complex yet Clean. This is the way beer should be. I love Walkerville’s dark lager but this is a definite step up. Wow.
Ungstrup (26267) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival 2007. A hazy dark brown beer with a tan head. The aroma is sweet iwth notes of caramel, malt, straw, an nuts. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of caramel, leading to a finish with notes of straw. The body is thin.
dangermoose (9) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 21, 2008 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this at beer bistro in Toronto. Served on draught. A dark brown lager that came with almost no head. Tasty overall with rich but not overpowering notes of coffee, earth and a black licorice finish. Overall, a really pleasant, tasty beer.