blankboy (5153) - Toronto, Ontario, - APR 16, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle [500ml] shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & mabel -- c/o GregClow. March 9. Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with an average size frothy off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, fruit and some butteryness. Flavour of caramel malt, a bit buttery and with some light hops. Average bodied. Just O.K.
Mora2000 (4048) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange with a white head. Aroma is toffee, grass, earth and floral hops. Flavor is bitter grass, earth, nuts and toffee. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
shorlin (433) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - JAN 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice pillowy head, pours a copper/brown that’s very nice. Aroma is quite nicely balanced between some initial caramel and the good hoppiness I’m looking for in this bitter. Taste is a lot nuttier than I expected, but the hop does come through in the end. Palate is OK, not a lot of aftertaste, but a solid beer nonetheless.
jdobbs (67) - - DEC 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
just my option, don’t know much about the makeup of these brews so i’m just tying to fill on the space required to rate this brew.
Reimer96 (594) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber color with an off white head that dissipates quickly but leaves nice lace. Smell is toffee on the nose. Taste is a balanced malt body with toffee and finishes with a smooth bitterness. Gets better as it warms up.
HogTownHarry (5653) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
October 30, 2011 - Volo Cask Days 2011 - gravity cask. Slightly hazy deep amber-gold with a smallish frothy white head. Smells quite floral, weak dishwater grain, wort-sweet and a little harsh (6-). Taste is a bit fusel and harsh, wort sweetness and overly floral. Light body and carbonation, harsh finish, not too good.
AlainG (634) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Liquide cuivré et limpide ayant une mousse épaisse et durable qui flotte à sa surface et en bave les parois du verre d’une dentelle baveuse. Le odeurs se composent de caramel et de houblon, alors que des épices s’immiscent et des arômes fruitées nous font signe du fond de la salle. Elle semble avoir tout donné en apparence et en parfum, parce que rendu en bouche, c’est plutôt insipide, fade et mince. Il y a des traces certaines d’amertume, mais c’est tout juste. Le caramel cherche à me faire mentir alors qu’il se pointe le nez par dessus la clôture. L’étiquette est intéressante, ce bûcheron me fait sourire (Batch 1924-Embouteillée 09/07/12) (331-250812)
GregClow (2736) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Originally written for the Spring 2012 issue of TAPS Magazine.) When drinking a bitter, my needs are generally pretty simple: I want a beer that’s well-balanced, flavourful without being aggressive, and enjoyable enough that I wouldn’t mind following it directly with another (and perhaps another after that). Judged using that criteria, Picaroons Best Bitter is a prime example. The aroma is initially sweet, with notes of toasted nuts and roasted marshmallow, supported by a slight earthiness and a suggestion of dried leaves. The flavour is straightforward and simple – just as it should be – opening with toffee and walnut, presenting a bit of woodsmoke in the middle, and finishing long with twiggy hops. A good, honest, moreish ale.
cfrancis (1774) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks goes to Rejean for this. Pours a deep copper caramel with a moderate frothy off white top. Aroma is faint but caramel and earthy, flowery hops. Taste is smooth, caramel, a little nutty and a deep earthy hop flavours. Easily drinkable.
JorgeLee (736) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap in Saint John Ale House, NB. Classic bitter copper brown appearance with white head. I actually thought this was pretty decent - good interplay of ceral/nutty malts and some gentle hopping. Pleasantly bitter, very sessionable. But which idiot made it over 5%? These beers are meant to be 3.5-4% so you can drink them all night.
Crit (3075) - New Westminster, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2012
1.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hazy amber,creamybeige head. Huge diacetyl nose, same but somewhat less in palate.Nothing but hops and diacetyl, one dimensional, lacks malt balance. The only reason it scored this high was due to the appearance.