daniel0017 (370) - Yukon, - DEC 23, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I wanted to like this one... Cloudy brown / amber body with generous beige head. Aroma of oak, sweet decomposing or fermenting fruits and blatantly overwhelming spiceyness. Flavor is very bitter and the unbridled alcohol contributes to an astringent, dry unpalatable mouthfeel. The ingredient list on the side of the bottle promotes the brewers’ ambitions but should also serve as a warning to the unassuming drinker (cardamom + vanilla... yeach).
SlovakSniper (2756) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Une robe ambrée et une mousse qui fond à vue d’œil. Une dentelle qui tente de s’installer. Un nez qui suscite la curiosité. De la purée de banane et des épices. De la cannelle. Un filet de bourbon et ses effets boisés. Des poires caramélisées? Le goût est une suite logique des choses. Les épices glissent sur des saveurs sucrées. Quelques fruits se bataillent pour se dévoiler. Le bourbon n’est pas représenté de manière excessive. J’apprécie ce détail. Au palais, j’ai la nette impression d’un corps de moyenne densité. Les bulles relâchées sont bienvenues. La texture du liquide est légèrement crémeuse. La finale est réveillée par le fût et son aspect boisé : des aromates et des épices font l’essentiel pour ne pas se faire oublier. Une bière intéressante. Petit commentaire sur la pertinence de recouvrir la capsule d’une épaisse couche de cire : s.v.p, arrêtez ce manège inutile.
Helsdon (40) - - FEB 8, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml of the 2013 reserve ale aged in bourbon barrels, bought from my local LCBO. Not sure if they make a couple of different runs of this beer, as this one is bourbon barrel aged, which for the 2012 year, received it’s own category here at ratebeer. Part of the bourbon barrel run they’ve put out which includes Kentucky Bastard. Well they say go big or go home, and they certainly did with this beer. Nose of oak and maple. Pours a hazy dark brown. Thin tan head. Take a sip and - pow right in the kisser - with oak, apples, hint of cloves, and a background of that bourbon booze. Aftertaste has the bitterness of oak, which lingers. Thanks for really trying something different with this beer.
hoppybeerlover (42) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008-01-31. Dark red-amber-brown body with a modest beige head. (3+) Very assertive first sip - fruit, cherry? pears, something else. Bitterness is light at first but finishes as a nice accent to a weird fruit character. Light alcohol, apples. (6+) Sweet aroma is rife with spice, odd spruce like notes. Average plus palate. Something odd about it. In the end I decide its some combination of cherry, and wood that I find strange. Did not really care for it to be honest. 6/3/6/3/12 - 3.0 2008 Vintage, Cask at Victory Cafe
2008-04-20. Dark amber body with a modest beige head. Sweet spicy aroma, underlying malt. Flavour is similar with a sweet malty base and light spice notes that linger long into the finish and aftertaste. (6+) Palate is slightly more full bodied than average, pleasantly so. Did not knock my socks off but this has just enough flavour to be interesting, and is quaffable enough to have a few of them. Possibly their best effort to date. Well done! 7/3/7/3/14 - 3.42007 Vintage On tap at Volo, Toronto
TheJester (1698) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle with freakin’ wax over the cap. Strike one. Hazy brown with not much head. Oak (vanilla) up front in the nose, along with caramel, brown spice (kinda like toast with cinnamon and sugar), and a hint of fruit (pear maybe?). Somehow not the sum of its parts, though. The flavour is more muddled, with only the oak distinguishing itself. I was hoping for more from this one.
yarry (527) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml bottle, 8.5% a/v. Gift from my brother for Christmas.
Pours a deep firey red with a nice tan head. Aroma is spicey, vanilla, and fruity. The taste is similarly rather fruity, and a little spicey, not really my flavour of choice. Tastes too fruity for me. Palate is also a little too sweet/fruity, overall not bad though.
HogTownHarry (5977) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
November 26, 2011 - on draught at C’Est What. Hazy deep reddish-amber with a solid mottled beige head. Aroma - okay, caramel sweetness, a little woody/nutty bitterness, spicy and a near 8, but there is a hint of butter - (7+). Taste has some tart rum-soaked sultana ... a little boozy, but sadly a fair amount of cheap butterscotch detracts quite a bit. Thick, a bit astringent (spice), mildly carbonated - finishes dry with a raw cinnamon aftertaste - the aftertaste is actually better than the taste.
GregClow (2806) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Originally written for Spring 2009 issue of TAPS Magazine. 2008 vintage.) Normally, a single bottle is all it takes for me to put together a review for this feature, but I’m glad I was given three bottles of this beer to sample, as it took me that many to really wrap my head around it. The first bottle of this turbid mahogany ale struck me as being a bit unbalanced and one-dimensional, with not much beer coming through the strong woodiness imparted by the oak aging. But bottles two and three enjoyed over the next couple of nights revealed much more complexity, with notes of caramel, exotic herbs, sour cherry, a well-integrated spiciness, and a tannic quality from the oak that is just on the pleasant side of being astringent. Not something for everyday drinking, but a real sleeper that deserves return visits and careful consideration.
mansquito (3062) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Victory Cafe, Toronto bottle: Pours a brownish color with a beige head. Aroma is spice, cherries, and malts. Taste is very spicy and rather sweet. The cherry taste prevails on the undertone. This was a solid beer, but it was not really my thing at all. I would have difficulty having more than one. The alcohol, however, was well covered.
PatIrish (168) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy dark amber with very little head. Notes of cinnamon and spices on the nose, a tad oily on the palate, but finishes nicely.