Randy4Beer (452) - - JAN 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost jet black, with an extremely thin, slightly off-white head.
The aromas are burnt malts, an alcohol sting, coffee, and dark fruits like raisins.
Tastes feature dark chocolate, malts, booziness, black coffee.
I can truly say this is one of my favourite Nickel Brook beers, and very good bang for the buck. A superior brew at every day prices.
sever2morrow (2) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2015 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The head is almost as dark as the beer itself, which makes for a lovely appearance. Chocolate is the most obvious flavour, but it doesn’t linger. Nicely balanced with just the right amount of bitterness. Haven’t tried anything from Nickel Brook before, but I’ll keep an eye out now.
thorongil2 (2159) - , Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) clear very dark brown colour with a small brown head; aroma of caramel, stewed fruit, vanilla; rich, balanced flavour with a long, medium bitter finish
deepeary (405) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from LCBO. Pour black with lots of mocha head. Nose is roasted malt, dark fruits. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Roasty flavours, with some bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Really like this one. Underrated.
Listigovers (744) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black with a big dark brown head. Roasted malt and bitter hop aroma. A little boozy, full bodied, creamy texture and soft carbonation, bitter and burnt, ashy flavour. Hop bitterness is present, but can’t really pick out specific flavours. The roast flavour is bold and fairly good, but the smooth carbonation is a real treat.
HKdIPA (621) - HONG KONG - DEC 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from LCBO at Darren's. Dark black pour with very fine creamy tan head. Aroma is a bit raisiny, toasted malts, some slight hoppiness. Taste is rich and roasted malty. Quite good.
CacheManyHose (543) - HONG KONG - DEC 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells of coffee, plum, grape, grape juice, raisin. Tastes bitter, spiced dry fruit. Body is medium, spicy, gently fizzy.
OOKPIKABLE (193) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clearly very unctuous in the pour. Dark brown with aroma of chocolate, cherries and hops. Tastes of the same with lingering grass in the aftertaste.
HippyHop (583) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s late and I’m tired. Nice, chocolatey IS. Caramel, chocolate, burnt toast and a bit of liquorice. Mild alcohol warmth, cut nicely with a dry, bitter chocolate finish. As my buddy Tiki noted this is kind of a light-heavyweight fighting in a heavyweight class, but this is good stuff.
worldbeertaste (1789) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a faint tan tint and a tan ring of lasting, light lacy head. Smells of light berries - blackcurrant, brown sugar (icing), vanilla and roasted coffee. Tastes of sweet malt, roast on the tongue, with a burnt ash and slightly alcohol finish. Full of malt with an alcohol burn. A decent stout but its too boozy. Needs a few years.