Sammy (7709) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2009 carbonated on-tap but I wouldn’t want to buy a six-pack. Bit of head. Carmel malty to make it popular in Canada. Mid-sip hint of roast malt cream chocolate, but we are not talking about a stout or porter here, more medium mouthfeel.
Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2004
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. I have mixed feelings on this one. Poured a nice brown colour, little head. Lots of caramel in the aroma and taste – it was quite thin though with little carbonation. I enjoyed it, right up until the finish – it was yeasty and a little sour. Now I should point out I bought this 6 pack from a very small town Ontario lcbo/beer store combo and this type of “micro” beer could have been there for quite a while (there was no date stamp). So I will re-rate on another occasion. But until then, I’m left with a beer that showed some promise, but ultimately failed to deliver.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 13, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Dark maple color, lasting head, clear. Decent malty/molasses nose. Not a heckuva lot of flavor unfortunately, just some boring light fruity (cherry) bits amidst the undistinguished maltiness, in a too-light body. A bit of odd sourness also detracts. Next!
Lubiere (9029) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 28, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown with a foamy off-white head.Slightly malty nose with cardboard.
Malts come out without much interest, slightly sweet notes, with signs of oxidation. Body is light to medium. Uninteresting.
piscator34 (1844) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 11, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2004 The colour of this beer is something between amber and brown. The aroma is vaguely sweet with some faint hops. Flavor wise it is sweet, but not overly malty. I detected some citrus notes as well, It lacks body, and has a short, watery finish. In spite of it's negative qualities, this beer still held my interest. Thanks Lubiere.
maeib (8041) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled - Smokeless Joes Toronto. i do wish brown ales would come themselves brown rather than dark. I was hoping for a black beer but got a mid brown schwarzbier like tasting beer. Not unpleasant and had some nutty qualities but nowt special.
Tessic (783) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2003
3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is not good at all but the flavour makes up for its loss. Dark coffee colour and taste with other hints of dark malts and molasses. Slight burnt flavour to both. Finish is slightly bitter with continuing coffee notes.
chickenman (5) - USA - OCT 29, 2003 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A great dark beer with after tastes of coffee. Goes down nice and is very refreshing for a dark beer
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet malty aroma, nice dark brownish red colour, Sweet with a bit of a roasty finish. Thin body. Not mind blowing but I could easily polish off a pint or two of this in a night.
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Slightly sweet scent - malty aroma. Faily dark in the glass - dark brown/red. Retained its head well after the pour. The taste is different from the smell - a slightly tart taste - slight sweet, with a bitter/burnt after finish. Not a very strong taste - slight watered down.