Spab (1639) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at 2011 Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show. Pours a clear mahogany colour with a thin off-white cap. Aroma is caramel and grains. Flavour is lightly roasty caramel and grains. Syrupy mouthfeel. I like the Pale Ale and the Mocha Porter, but this didn’t do it for me.
mabel (5043) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
[3713-20110430] Tap. Very peanuty butter aroma has just a hint of used coffee grounds. Clear, dark amber red body with a quick foamy white head. Metallic peanuts flavour is mostly just generic grains. Medium body. Average. (6/3/6-/3/11) 2.9
(@ Volo, Toronto, ON)
AWS9 (406) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Sharp malt with hop accent. Some hints of caramel and roasted nuttiness. Nothing exciting and not my favourite style, but it works alright. Strongly agree with the Black Oak Nut Brown Ale comparison.
matt7215 (1928) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
341 ml bottle from a 6 pack i purchased from lcbo store #95 in cambridge ontario. pours deep red/light brown with a tan head that reduces to a ring, some spotty lacing is left. the aroma is malt forward with dark crystal and light roasted malt showing. there is also a spicey hop element to the aroma. the flavour is similar to the nose. the malts are forward and show a complex malt bill. the hopping plays a background role but the beer is balanced. the finish is slightly bitter a the beer finishes dry. pretty decent beer all around but the lack of style definition on the package combined with the commitment to a 6 pack might make the less adventurous ontario beer drinker pass on this one. for beer geeks it will simply be a one time purchase or possible "best of a poor selection" type of brew.
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
341 ml bottle - ours a deep, clear mahogany, mostly brown with some reddish highlights. One-finger off-white cap leaves speckled lace. Aroma is inviting malts, vanilla, wood, plum, a slight nuttiness. Flavour is roasty, toasty, almost nut brownish, with a medium hop presence. In fact, this beer reminds me very much of Black Oak’s Nut Brown ale. Smooth, rounded malt character in the mouth. Dry cocoa finish. A solid brew.
pootzboy (1451) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2011 Bottle from LCBO: pours a dark brown with reddish tones. Nice cap and lacing. Aroma reveals a good mix of malt and hop varieties. Roasty-toasty-toffee some earthyness, pine and fruits. Flavor is equally as hard to define...a pleasant amalgam of malts with enough hop balance to keep it interesting. Long finish with roasty-toasty malt tones eclipsed by an increasing bittering. A very nice brew, verging on complex but very approachable....a good rendition of the Quebec original style.
probstblueribbon (2378) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
341 ml bottle via my brother, served cool in a tulip glass.
App.: Deep clear mahogany with a tan rim.
Aroma: Stern, earthy, almost dirty malts, there’s an odd spicy, medicinal, herbal note (hard to place), grains and cereals with hints of richer malts – brown sugar and a little burnt sugar peek through, a wee touch of fruitiness, opens up a little as it warms, some black tea?, a bit odd and austere.
Palate: Medium body, relaxed effervescence.
Flav.: Black tea, possibly Earl Grey, some British malting, seems to be some nice C-hops coming through...nice surprise!, sort of a Brit-American cross?; dry with restrained bitterness and a fairly pleasant toast crust, brown sugar kinda finish.
Hard to decide if I like this or not. Will need another bottle or two.
ontbeermaker (1832) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap, Dark amber pour, little bit of head, smelt nice. tasted dry with yet a crispness to it as well. Little bit roasty little bit nutty. Overall it was pretty easy drinking. Good offering
robinvboyer (2576) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite a dark pour, small off white head. Nice nutty malty aroma. Reminds me alot the malt bill from alot of quebec microbreweries. A tad fruity, with some nice nutiness, and a decent amount of grainy malts, without being sweet. Flavor is quite nice, some light coffee more nuts, good malt bill, mind you very very little hops. The finish though....quite a bitter kick. Nothing mind blowing, but a realy flavorful well made ale. I could consider this a brown ale though.
jercraigs (6475) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2011-04-30. Crisp dark amber-brown body, nice creamy beige head and lace. Flavour has a grainy astringency to it that is echoed in the aroma, where a very dry malt character meets old roasty coffee. Light bitterness and mild toasty malt character in the flavour. Average palate. Pleasant toasty malt accents fail to redeem the grainy character of the malt for me. Just okay. Tap at Volo, Toronto