Bendrixian (1328) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewery. Hazy dark brown in colour with roasted caramel and almond notes. Also has a certain apple cider note in it that I don’t enjoy. Nutty, roasty flavours with malted and dark fruit. This is a decent beer but not a style that I’m fond of as I find them always a bit thin.
SoberDave (172) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 30, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2013 Weak malty aroma. Clear brown colour. Flavour includes chocolate and some roast malts, maybe coffee bean. Mild carbonation and a nice bite.
Studentofbrrs (98) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had a light hop scent with some cocoa. Tasted of sweet chocolate malts, nicely contrasted by the hops, not too bitter and not too sweet. Warms your heart on a cold evening
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
nutty aroma. nice roasty malts. some chocolate and coffee malts with a nutty flavour. pretty good beer. s/b classified as Nut Brown though.
Ontbeertaster (2348) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice roasty malts this one. it had and aroma of nutty and roasty, dark colour, this beer is definitely a not a barley wine. It taste like anyone other nutbrown ales I have had
j12601 (7859) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another one with three years between rates, and a drastically different beer in my eyes from what was described in previous ratings. On tap at the Merchant Ale House. Pours a hazy dark cola brown with a faint crimson hue to it and a medium sized creamy tan head. Dark chocolate, plum. Light coffee, lots of milk chocolate, light dark fruit. Finishes with a nice light roast and sweet chocolate. Rather tasty.
GregClow (2976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at the Merchant Ale House. Dark ruby-amber. Aroma is fairly roasty, with some tobacco & smoke & a bit of coffee. Flavour is muted, with some mild coffee and roasted nuts. Not sure what they were going for here - we’re pretty sure they said it was a barley wine, but it seemed more like a brown ale. Whatever it’s supposed to be, it wasn’t overly impressive.
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2006 Draught. At Merchant Ale House, shared with jerc and GregClow. Poured murky ruby-brown with a thin light brown head - looked more like a porter. Aroma of roast nuts, mild coffee and chocolate, prunes, dry hops - dry and sourish (too cold out of the tap, took forever to warm up). Flavour was similar, with more sour fruit and dry stale hops - roasty, but stale. Mouthfeel very acidic, fizzy, not any alcohol to notice (barleywine???). Seemed more like a sour dunkel than anything else. Didn’t hate it, wouldn’t have it again.
jercraigs (8485) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black body, very small tan head. Very mild roast aroma, touch nutty. Takes forever to warm up, and the aroma of cocoa and malt is very muted even after. Flavour has a dry chalky roast and slight acidity that lingers in the finish, leaving the most lasting impression. Average palate. Not what I was expecting really - I figured it was a barley wine but this was similar enough to their stout that I had to ask for a side by side comparison to confirm that they were in fact different brews. Disappointing.