JustinBathurst (134) - Corner Brook, Newfoundland, CANADA - AUG 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bought this in Bathurst, New Brunswick. I’d never heard of the brewery before, so I was delighted to pick up three different offerings.
Pours a dark toffee-copper with tan head o’ foam. The head kept up the covering pretty well until just before the end of it all.
The aroma is mostly hops, a mix of cut grass, lemons, and hay, with a touch of grain.
The mouthfeel is smooth and, as others have noted, slight creamy. It did have a bit more carbonation than I expect from a bitter, but no big deal.
The taste is molasses, slightly roasted malt, big on the hops, citrus, buckwheat honey. This is a hoppy, malty, and earthy bitter. Quite good and true to style.
I actually enjoyed this bitter better than most of what I had the chance to try while in south England. I wish I had access to this beer in Newfoundland. Alas...
aerosol999 (113) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 20, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle trade with OKbeer.
Appearance: Cloudy copper gold with thick white head.
Aroma: Malt, spice, banana bread, hay and chesy hops.
Flavour: Flat, low malt flavour for a bitter. Spicy character is nice but out of place. Musty - an oxidized bottle.
Overall: Musty and cheesy with with little malt character to back it up.
Boutip (4959) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of Okbeer: Poured a cloudy dirty brown color ale with a nice foamy head with some good retention. Aroma of malt with a light floral aroma. Taste is lightly sweet with some subtle floral hops. Body is fuller then expected with some adequate carbonation. Well done session ale that stays within the style parameter.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 23, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
500 ml bottle from New Brunswick Liquor Corporation on King Street, Saint John, New Brunswick (May 2007) served at cellar temperature from a Samuel Smiths pint glass. A frothy medium-bubbled buff head descends gracefully into a small puddle atop the hazy medium amber body.....at first the aroma gives a whiff of butterscotch, uh oh, but this is quickly added to by a lovely cidery scent, and the resulting buttery-apple smell is quite charming, with a light earthy-funky hoppiness backing it up for more pleasure....the body is nutty, lightly fruity (apricots, cherries) and offers a nice level of carbonation, but alas it is also extraordinarily thin and watery, there is so little malt that the flavors just sag and disappear in a thin mess with a light brackish/salty quality at the finish that doesn’t help matters any. A nice start, but on the whole not very appealing, and it gets progressively cloying, syrupy and somewhat unclean as it warms (though less watery, I guess). Not a fan of this brewery thus far....
tomthompson89 (1922) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice amber colour, very good bitter. decent head with minimal lacing. nice caremel malts nice hops nose, some nuttiness
DuffMan (7227) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2007 500ml bottle. Hazy tea-coloured amber, huge head that generates some terrific lace. Earthy aroma, faintly sweet as well. Nutty toffee with some faintly fruity hop character and a respectable bitter finish. Very good.
paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - FEB 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pumpkin orange color, good sized frothy white head. They manage to maintain for lack of better term a "natural" flavor while this beer is very sweet and nutty. Other flavors include notes of caramel, and a sweet malt flavor. I am very impressed with this one.
probstblueribbon (3157) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 9, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
500 mL bottle from ANBL. Medium orangey-brown and a tight, foamy light mocha head. An odd, dirty, burnt nose. Some hops comes through. Reminds me of wet ashtray, or old coffee grinds. Med bodied and fairly soft carbonation. Luckily the flavour isn’t quite as bad as the smell. A little bit of malt and nut at first, followed by a generous hops flavour. Floral and slightly resunous. Fairly dry with a moderate bitterness that hangs on for a short time. Bought at the same time as the Summer Wheat and I question the store’s stock rotation.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Robe dorée très claire surmontée d’une mousse blanche fugace. Arômes de houblon fruité et floral. Saveurs franches de houblon fruité, floral et épiceé. Très bien balancée.
MartinT (8247) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2012 Any first impressions?
-The frothy head depletes to a veil over the gleaming dark amber.
-Flourishing herbal, wooden hops are beautifully glued to caramel malts and fruity esters.
-Piney bark is engulfed into toffee sweetness.
-The active carbonation is a tad too much maybe for the smooth, malty body.
What if you dig deeper?
-The resinous, tea-like, wooden hop bitterness is nicely leveled.
-Wet earthiness builds in the nose within the wood and leaves.
-Mineral angles are found; hard water?
-Malts also contribute a bready character from aroma to finish.
-Cherry fruitiness seems to stem from the caramel sweetness, broadening the already complex flavor spectrum.
-This is a very good bitter for your hardworking muscles; every flavor grew on me as I downed the pint, and that’s always a good sign, isn’t it?