Oakes (11786) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 4, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Yellowy-amber, slightly hazy. Thin head. The aroma is sweet and a bit gluey. Sweet and a little bit crackery. Lots of bitterness but just heavy malts and old, dull hops.
Lubiere (9427) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A reddish orange amber ale with a thin lacing white head. In aroma, pleasant and floral hops, orange pulp, green hops pellets, resinous and pinhey. In mouth, a sweet Imperial IPA with good hoppinh, grapefruit notes, hops not overbearing, pinhey, smooth, easy to drink. On tap at brewpub Nov. 30 2009
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Colombus and Amarillo hops, a good hop mix. A bit of odd sweetness however. Boozy, is it 9%? Decent drinkability.
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line :
This hefty Double IPAís plump caramelized cereals ably support citrusy and resinous hops from beginning to end, building a luxurious sipper.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A slim veil of foam floats atop the cloudy amber.
-Carbonation is quite low, which makes the body feel even bigger than it is.
-Alcohol is not a bother in the flavor profile.
-The green hop resins in the finish offer plenty of bitterness, but the residual sugars are able to make it feel not too intense.
-This is a Barley Wine mouthfeel with Double IPA hop aromatics.
-A little more dryness would make this absolutely sublime to me. Then again, lots of Quebecers have a sweet tooth, so they are probably highly pleased by these sugary love handles.
-BdTemps have a knack for strong ales. Their lower abv beers are all good, but you can almost feel the passion in their strong ales. Great job!
-Strawberries appear once in a while when the green nature of the hops meet the brown sugar-like sweetness.
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010-03-08. Lightly hazy golden yellow body, white head is modest. 3+ Pleasantly hoppy aroma, grassy, light grapefruit, citrus. Flavour is similar, hoppy, grassy and modest citrus, mild alcoholic undercurrent is restrained but ominous. Citrus slowly grows as you go, and the threatened alcoholic kick does not really appear. 7+ Average plus palate is nice but a touch light for the beer. Pretty solid. I prefer this to their other IPA offering a lot. On tap at the brewpub, Gatineau
Radek Kliber (6321) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brewpub
Aroma plenty of sweet malts , alcohol with solid hop backing.
Appearance slight haze on amber gold with lighter head on top.
Flavor and Palate : Full bodied , no surprise there, Plenty of malts abound with slight fruity feel. Clean hop above. Reminded me more of barley wine than double ipa as it is more malt oriented than hop. Neat strong brew.
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Veiled dark golden to amber pour wearing a healthy white cover. Immediately hoppy, resinous/piney nose with a strong citrus zest character that feels very green. Let it be noted that Iím writing this rating while drinking one of the recently released 750 ml bottles. Having had the beer on draught a few times at the pub before, Iím surprised to find it more aromatic than I remembered while it was probably in a better state at the pub. Nevertheless, the dry-hopping is nicely executed here, albeit accompanied by more than a little maltiness, which in mouth, translated into a good dose of residual sugars. Crystal malts procure caramelly notes that round the body up, a feeling enhanced by the relatively scarce carbonation that would suit a barley wine perfectly. Strongly cerealic all throughout, it moves from sweetness to bitterness smoothly, but linearly and maintains a certain sense of balance doing that, which could be considered unusual for a double IPA, but it just packs a solid dose of everything. Fruity esters do appear in what I believe to be from the yeast AND the malts AND the hops all at once, hinting at red berries rather pleasantly I must say, adding depth to this already potent brew. Knowing the brewer a bit, it makes perfect sense that this is his favourite beer in his lineup. It has generous sticky love handles, but it also packs a mean punch.
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
December 6, 2012 - on draught at Les Brasseurs du Temps. Reasonably hazy amber-gold with an average but lasting thick creamy off-white head. Aroma - a bit boozy, lemon and tangerine zest, quite sharp (8-). Taste is quite strong - a nice solid fruit-sweet malty backbone to frame strong citrus light pine bitterness and quite a bit of alcohol - very ear-warming. A bit boozy, strongly bitter, solid carbonation, some astrinency, dry grapefruit pith finish, a little sweet in the aftertaste.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: A sweet tangy/fruity IIPA lacking bite. Not bad but a bit disappointing.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Partly cloudy golden orange body topped by an off-white ring of foam
In long: The moderately hoppy nose is a bit tangy. Taste is rather sweet and equally honey-caramel. The fruity hops are not assertive enough to balance the sweet malts. Not much bitterness. Carbonation is very smooth. Short disappointing finish, I like my IIPAs to stick around after a sip. Alcohol apparent. An overall sensation to drink a once-very-good but now past-due-date IIPA. Not bad but still the least interesting brew I had at BDT so far. If like me youíre a bit disappointing by this beer you can go to the bar and sit yourself down on one of the swivelling bar stool spin. And if that does not bring a smile to your face, then I really donít know what will.
blankboy (5798) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at the brewpub. Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with an average size semi-lasting creamy white head. Awesome aroma, quite citrusy and resiny -- thatís about it but I love it! Flavour is also super resiny and citrusy along with some alcohol and a long bitter finish. Medium+ bodied. A fantastic IIPA!