Lubiere (9998) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A dark clear brown ale with a thick light moka head. Aroma of caramel, strwberries and butterscotch. In mouth, a true Irish Red, rather dry with lots of burned caramel and nuts, but short in mouth. On tap at Vices et Versa, Oct. 7, 2007.
Sammy (8631) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On cask at Bar Volo Le Trou Du Diable event. Spot on the style, a good drinkable cask. Fragrant malt and hops, with three-eights of an inch of cask head. Good malting. Above average mouthfeel for a cask. A little sourness in finish, some lace, a smooth mouthfeel.
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Wvrst. Deep amber pour. Soapy flavor with a bit of malt. Earthy and a little bit bland. Not really my style. Has a bit of earthiness. Meh
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011-02-19. Very dark red brown body is lightly hazy, modest creamy tan head leaves a nice lace on the glass. Flavour is relatively mild, lingering hoppy bitterness in the finish. Mild sweet malt middle, light citrus notes. 6+ Aroma is mild, light alcohol, light dusty malt character. 6+ Average palate is very smooth but under carbonated. Okay, it was an enjoyable drink but lacked the oomph to make more of an impression. Cask at Volo, Toronto
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 8, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Any first impressions?
-A veil of head hangs on to the clear mahogany.
-Wooden, smoky subtleties rise from an otherwise quiet aroma.
-Earth-covered berries are surrounded by morning-after campfires.
-The active carbonation is fitting, although just a little less would have allowed more drinkability, methinks.
What if you dig deeper?
-The light bitterness of coffee beans appears serene.
-Caramel comes up again in the nose and flavor, a redundant feature in their lineup.
-A touch of rauch malt was used (confirmed by one of the owners) in an intelligent manner.
-A well-brewed Irish Ale, but how exciting can this style be anyway?
On tap at the brewpub.
Rastacouere (6129) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
1cm off-white head covers the clearish light orange body. Bready, cookie-like aromas translate, in mouth, into a rather dry flavour profile. Dry toastiness and cerealic blend. Clean and a bit generic English yeastiness with unconfident fruitiness. It remains aimed at drinkability. It does it correctly, but not with a lot of excitement and never focusing on freshness. Gentle earthy, soft hoppiness.
HogTownHarry (6101) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
February 19, 2011 - at Volo Trou du Diable event. Hazy ruby with a solid average frothy off-white head. Dry and dusty floral aroma, it’s vaguely sweet, more like a massively floral ESB - even flour. Taste is a bit boozy, dryly pungent, almost mellow, dusty and a bit minerally; gypsum? not bad, but odd; some rye sharpness. Solid body, weakly carbonated, not astringent, but the mineral character really builds - detracts from the overall.
blankboy (6051) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at TdD Tap Takeover, Wvrst, May 26. Pours a very deep ruby-amber with a small long-lasting frohty off-white head. Aroma of fruit and caramel malt along with some sugary sweetness. Fruity and malty flavour. Average bodied. I didn’t love it, just O.K.
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: Rich session beer with a bit of many things (liberal interpretation of the style)
How: On tap at Vices & Versa
The look: Dark ruby body with a medium beige head
In long: Chewy malts, fruity yeast and leafy hops are equally present. Fruity flavours of grapes, plum and prunes. A bit sweet but without much caramel flavour, more like residual fruity sweetness. Hops have a green leafy freshness quality to them. Fluffy body. Certainly not what I’ve come to expect from an Irish Ale (low on the caramel side and more yeasty than usual) but who cares this is a nice session beer. A honest beer. Unlike most internet dating profile it even tells you exactly what it looks like.
mabel (5762) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[3602-20110219] Cask. Grassy hops aroma. Hazy, red amber body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head and lacy lacing. Bitter pencil lead and grassy hops flavour. Medium body. Great balance, not sure why but probably my favourite of the night. (8/4-/9/4/17-) 4.2
(Le Trou du Diable Night @ Volo, Toronto, ON)