mabel (5043) - Toronto, Ontario, - JUN 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[4530-20120620] Tap. Bourbon-infused toasted sweet malt aroma. Black body with a quick creamy off-white head. Sweet roasted and richly chocolate syrup malt flavour. Full body. Has a bit of a surprise bourbon kick to it. (7/3/7/4/15) 3.6
(@ Bryden’s, Toronto, ON)
WheatKing (744) - Oak Bay, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the GCBF. Hue of dark mocha with tan head. Nose of burning straw @ a chocolate factory. Beautiful. Taste doesn’t match it, but is still pretty good, with warm alcohol... bourbon numbs your mouth, shoots directly to your stomach in the manner of a whiskey, not a beer. Finish is dry roasted malt.
Johnsense (467) - - AUG 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour, a baby finger of head. Slight bourbon, vanilla, chocolate in the aroma. Sweet, with vanilla, dark chocolate, vanilla bear, bourbon, Molasses, Wood, Liquorice. Great for after dinner.
blankboy (5191) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Bryden’s for ’Best of the West’, June 21. Pours an interesting-looking deep dark ruby with an average size creamy tan head. Good lacing on the glass. Quite a lovely aroma and flavour, with wood, dark fruit, bourbon, caramel malt and vanilla -- not overly B.A.’ed which is nice. Medium bodied. I enjoyed this more then I thought I would, a pleasant surprise.
probstblueribbon (2418) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Half pint at The Cat. Clear brown-black with a thin mocha head. Strong molasses, licorice, impy stout character, lots of vanilla, a bit of alcohol, bourbon, chocolate. Medium+ body, moderate effervescence. Really alcoholic, tastes a little oxidized, some nice imp stout notes, can’t get past the heavy-handed alcohol. Dry with decent bitterness and a long, lingering, warm finish.
Smelled great. Disappointing flavour.
Spab (1688) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at C’est What Summer Festival Of Craft Breweries. Pours a very dark brown with good-sized, creamy, lacy tan head. Aroma is definite whiskey barrel and chocolate/vanilla. Flavour is quite rich - woody, chocolate, vanilla and anise. Fine carbonation; silky mouthfeel. Quite good.
jercraigs (6603) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012-06-20. Black body with red tinges in the light, nice foamy tan head and lace. 4+ Flavour is prominently barrel aged up front, sweet rich dark malt base below, but the sweet bourbony character is front and centre. Something in the aftertaste that I can’t quite describe, sweet bourbony vanilla, a not quite woody character, sweet sugary malt. The intensity of the barrel influence is just on the cusp of being too much but I am enjoying the richness of it today. 7+ Very smooth medium bodied palate. 4+ Sweet moderately bourbony aroma, sweet vanilla and wood melange is actually rather nice. It overshadows the mild sweet dark malt below, but it works for the most part. 7+ The overall impression is a bit one dimensional but the character of the barrel aging walks a fine line between prominent and over the top. A sipper, and a bit of a kick in the pants at this point in the evening, but pretty solid. On tap at Brydens, Toronto.
Sammy (7115) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed on tap during OCB week at Bryden’s. 10.5% based on measurement from the markings. Black with tan retaned head of 3/4 of an inch of head. Bourbon aroma. Creamy smooth, initially very barrel and coconut, later sips revealing chocolate malt. Complex and dangerously drinable.
AGAquino (654) - San Juan, PUERTO RICO - JUN 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At Ontario Craft Brewers Collaboration Night at C’est What. Brandy and chocolate. Smashbomb IPA not noticeable. Porter dominates.
Earlier Rating: 6/21/2012 Total Score: 3.6
At Ontario Craft Brewers Collaboration Night. Quite pricey. Brandy and chocolate. Smashbomb IPA not noticeable. Porter dominates.
Lubiere (8335) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep dark reddish brown ale with a thin super lacing brown head. In aroma, a smooth bourbon barrel vanilla malt with dark fruits, chocolate, very nice. In mouth, a nice mix of nutty chocolate with wood chips, bourbon barrel, licorice, alcohol warmth, herbal hops, very nice. On tap at Wellington Gastropub, June 19 2012.