probstblueribbon (3654) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
App.: Pours med. amber with reddish hues, tan head with reddish hues (doesn’t last long). Aroma: Nice hit of hops to start, mainly citrusy, but some resin and pine. Dig a bit deeper and a few med. malt notes come through. Palate: Med. body and carbonation. Flav.: beautiful balance of malt and hops. A touch of sweetness to start and a touch of bitterness to finish. Lovely beer. I suspect I avoided this product, thinking it was the Stock Ale. Pity!
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a 355 ml. bottle with a blurb on the back, no freshness date.
Poured a clear reddish amber with a foamy head that settled into a thin lacing, minimal amount of laced sticking.
Aromas of caramel and cocoa, nutty and floral.
Good carbonation and a crisp, smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel.
Tastes of caramel and powdery cocoa malts with a grainy metallic edge, a touch of nuttiness, floral and very lightly citric, and a dryish nutty, malty finish.
I could have used a little more hop flavor to balance the malts, not bad, easy drinkability, glad I had a chance to try it.
Acquired in a trade with Sammy, thanks!
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ BierBistro in Tdizzle. Huge malt aroma and flavour plays on the palate at every squalar. Hops dance around with an almost chocolate sense. Very along the lines of a barley, but more on the malts. WEll balanced, complex, and roasted. yes!
tomthompson89 (1973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 love this beer, easy drinking hoppy beer. my fav other then the barley wine. copper amber colour, nice amount of head, lotsa hops and malts. great beer
Quevillon (2849) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bu au Black Tomato (20 oz). Rousse mi-claire, beaucoup de bulle, collet mince. Arome d’houblon faiblement amère mais plaisant. Petegoût d’amerturme agéable, bon goût d’houblon frais.
daniel0017 (441) - Yukon, CANADA - OCT 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of caramelized malts. Dark copper-colored, slighlty effervescent body with thick, quickly dissipating foamy beige head. Complex flavor of roasted malts, hops and barley with wooden (oak maybe...) undertones and with lingering coppery aftertaste. Not as rich as expected, quite watery.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
hoppy, slight sugary aroma. Pours a light copper brown, tannish head. Biiter hop notes, earthy malt. Quite refreshing, clean finish. "Tankhouse" is the appropriate name. These babies go down like water and you become properly tanked.
twilson (3) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2006 does not count
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Should not be allowed to call itself an Ale. Terrible aroma and tastes of pineapple juice.
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2011 355 ml bottle - Pours a clear copper colour with a long lasting head. Aroma is all grapefruity hops, but a bit of dirtiness in there too. Body is robust and flavour is mainly hops upfront, though they are not overwhelming - nicely balanced by a solid earthy, slightly dirty malt backbone. Pretty good beer, but it has faded a bit since its early incarnation.
aerosol999 (113) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: HOPS! malty, spicy, rich, inviting, reminds me of spice cake, honey and toffee
Flavour: Big hop flvour, balanced bitterness equalled with strong malt character, crystal, biscuit, spicy hop flavour and a dry finish
Palate: medium full bodied, chewy, prickly carbonation which lightens the beer and increases it’s complexity
Appearance: copper-gold, low head with poor retention
Overall: Great beer, lots of hops and malt, rich but manages to finish with a dry profile despite the residual stickiness it leaves on the lips. Very complex and well done. For my money, the best beer from Ontario in a long while