VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2007 341 ml bottle - pours a gorgeous clear dark chestnut/mahogany with a lovely off white head that slowly diminishes leaving delicate lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma sweetly malty with a crisp Noble/Saaz hop character that is similar to the brewerís pils. Some nice breadiness too, as the glass warms. Flavour is a different thing altogether - some of that sweet maltiness to begin, then a subtle hop bitterness followed by some chocolate and a rich roasty nuttiness that was completely unexpected, but fully welcomed. Finishes with a long mellow mingling of the smooth malt and hop bite. Expertly crafted - perhaps slightly watery, but you canít really expect a big body in a lager. Beautiful in itís simplicity and infinitely sessionable. I donít know why I put off buying this for so long - itís a mistake I wonít make again. This will definitely become a summer staple in my fridge. King is one of the sleeper brewers in Ontario with a flawless record so far. Keep it up.
DerWeg (1426) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2007 One of the nicest surprises Iíve had from the local Micro scene. A sixer I bought was completely OFF, so this is rating it on draught at BeerBistro: Translucent deep coppery brown, fairly active, tall head. Almost a bock aroma, sweetish honeyed malts. which follow suit in the tasting... hops are concealed in the flavor envelope which is balanced, malty, smooth, and lightly crisp. Pleasingly crisp yet malty, the quintessential fresh local session beer if you buy it strictly fresh. A bit light on the palate but thatís exactly what I want sometimes. Well worth buying in a very fresh six-pack.
JorisPPattyn (7677) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 22, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Small greige head over cola-coloured beer. Green leaves, bay leaf, dark chocolate malts, rather fresh smelling, and faint bready notes. Quite "true to style". BŤŤnggg! (see above and following). Tastes like a (watered down) stout; burnt grains, little or no sweetness initially. Retronasal some ashes, and at that time, finally some restsugars, if little. Faint burning sensation, generally rather thinnish. Very roasted, stout-like Dunkel, as if they had no idea how a Dunkel really tastes, and they did experiment. Which is also fun.
TheJester (1689) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2006
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
341 mL bottle. Deep copper brown. No head to speak of. Aroma of malt. Perhaps a little vinegary. What an odd type of beer. The simplicity of a lager, but with some actual flavour. The roast is most prominent, with a bit of fruit on the sides. Not too sweet; very little bitterness. Not much of a finish. Better than expected.
mnurda (1077) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 30, 2006
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled sample from Piscator via Pootz. I am not huge fan of Dark Beer, but this one was decent. Glad I had it before the Half Pints Sweet Nikki Brown. Otherwise it would have tasted awful.
piscator34 (1883) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 27, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled sample from pootz. Dark brown in colour with some hints of red. Aromas of caramel, apple skin, and roasted malt. Medium carbonation, but very light bodied. There are more assertive roasted flavors in the mouth, somewhat akin to some acidic cold coffee. Thereís a bit of a fruity molassas note that, although minor, kinda dirties up the whole experience.
beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2007 Cask@ volo. Poured a clear brown colour. Has a caramel/mild coffeeish taste. Not bad, but a little boring.
Radek Kliber (6297) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 2, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown, with light haze, small creamy top. Soft malty aroma, bready nose with gentle woody character. Soft bodied, light with light acidic character. Neat malty brew, with just light hop touch.
Earlier Rating: 11/9/2003 Total Score: 3.3
It was looking like a dark lager should. Dark golden amber hue. Nice thick white head . Bitter , slightly acidic , some wood and fruits . Very interesting aroma. Sadly it was a bit thin in body, hops played well here.
Boutip (4433) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2006
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle courtesy of Mr_Kimchee: Poured a medium clear brown color beer with a small foamy off-white head with OK retention. Aroma of light roasted malt is a bit boring. Taste has a portion of banana malt, which is interesting, but it also hides some weird dry malt, which donít match-up very well with the rest of the beer. Body is light and carbonation is about average. Not sure this is a beer I would seek again.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 Aroma of burnt toast, loads of candied malt, chestnut, red at the edges. Coca-cola like taste and feel, light bodied, sweet. Good.
Earlier Rating: 11/14/2003 Total Score: 3.4
Caramel, brown sugar aroma, copper with a small tan head. Crisp malt, hint of chocolate, pleasant nuttiness. Very well balanced, nicely bitter. Well done!