probstblueribbon (2707) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
750 mL bottle from LCBO, served cool, shared with friends. Hazy deep amber, rocky light tan head. A lot of peat smoke, rich brown sugar, some dark dried fruits, so much smoke, sweet, kinda boozy. Medium body, loose effervescence. Tons of peat smoke, like an Islay scotch, reasonable sweet malts, boozy, not very successful; off dry with moderate bitterness and a long, smoky finish.
pushkinwow (1821) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2013
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Large bottle from the LCBO. This one was interesting - made me think of screetch even though its aged in whisky (probably just because when I think of young and hot whiskey screetch is the profile that comes to the forefront). Huge amount of peat, alcohol. tobacco and some bacon. Alcohol and peat overwhelm the palate - curious if there were different batches or what because the reviews seem to be split on this one. Think with either some time or a more balanced approach this could be quite tasty; but can only rate what I had.
Sammy (8032) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
LCBO first release from this brewery. Pours brown as tobacco with a forever lasting foam head. Peaty aroma, but that’s nothing like the adventure in smoke you take, with ashes and cigar smoke and char thrown in. It grows on me and leaves a handful of mint and spices on the aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, a bit much on carbonation.
OntBeerDrinker (376) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2013
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Right after cage came off the cap poped off without me tuching it and some smoke show’s. Amber color but my pour fucked up and was all head at 1st. Well smells of scotch whisky in bottle not glass right away. Taste is a watery ale with a smoked taste like salty? beef jerky and whisky. Not the greatest boose taste. Medium boose burn and will fuck ya up. Like a smoked watery ale with whisky. 6/10 cheer’s, Why the plastic bag wraped u bottle?
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille 750ml, courtoisie de johnsense. De couleur ambrée-brune et voilée. Nez de caramel légèrement rôti aux petites notes terreuses, moyennement fumé (fumée de bois et tourbe), légèrement boisé (fût de whisky) ainsi que des traces de fruits confits et de biscuits. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-élevé ainsi qu’une texture légèrement sirupeuse et crémeuses. Goût de malt fumé (tourbe, léger de fumée de bois) accompagné d’un moyen goût boisé (fût de whisky sec) dès l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de caramel moyennement sucré, légèrement rôti et aux petites notes terreuses avec des notes de biscuits ainsi que de faibles traces fruitées (du genre gâteau de fruits confits) puis en finale l’on retrouve des notes d’alcool, d’épices (poivre très doux) et de houblon herbeux. Post-goût long et aux notes sèches, composé d’un moyen goût fumé et boisé avec une légère amertume de rôti, d’alcool et de houblon herbeux.
thebhoy (61) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle from the LCBO. I really like the packaging, which, it seems, is "over the top" to some--I say ’so what’ I like that they put the effort in! As for the beer, I quite enjoy it, though your level of enjoyment really depends on how much you enjoy scotch. The peat is huge in the nose, lots of smokiness, and this really comes through in the palate and overall taste. The ruby red pour is drenched with the barrel. So, again, if you’re not a fan of scotch I would avoid this one. Still, it’s worth the price tag and overall it’s an enjoyable drink.
robinvboyer (2831) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle from the LCBO.
Pours a little lighter than i expected. A tad hazy, mahogany/amber, with a big beige head. The aroma is quite nice, and complex. First thing is a big dose of peat, and smoke. Wow, you can really smell the Whiskey. The malts are still there, and they blend so well with the peat, and smoke, touches of sausage too. The carbonation is soft, and the mouth feel is spot on. The alcohol is very well hidden. The finish is super satisfying, loads of smoke, and peat, the whiskey is the star of this beer. The barrel, and wood makes an appearance in the finish. An absolute perfect blend of scotch ale and whiskey barrel. This is what Unibroues’ Raftman wishes it was.
GuillaumeCL (343) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the LCBO with very nice packaging. Pours a slightly hazy brown with a WHOLE LOT of head. Smell is scotch, peat, and some fruity hops, very nice. Palate is on the lighter side of medium bodied with average carbonation. Taste is just slightly sweet overall, the real taste is in the back of your throat where you can really get the whisky and the smokeiness plus some good alcohol burn. Nice one for the style but maybe a bit over the top.
d07c0m (89) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Massive scotch aroma with a heavy peat zing. Pours a beautiful dark amber with a huge, billowy, thick and stable head. Tastes like it smells, loads of scotch up front with medium bitterness and a very pleasant malty sweetness. While the scotch dominates it doesn’t overwhelm the malty, ever-so-slightly chewy ale beneath it. A welcome surprise to the Ontario beer scene.
pootzboy (1570) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml corked/caged bottle with fancy wrapping paper and awesome graphic tags. First impression was this "shore is a purdy bottle" - bet the brew isn’t fit for skunks - how wrong I was. Inside that arty package was a hazy deep amber unfiltered ale with a massive cap that lasts and champagne-like effervescence from bottle conditioning. Big burley aroma fills the room with a pungent smoky-malty sweetness. Hopping is moderate but efficient and there is a nice fruitiness riding below the caramel malt and smokiness. I think this brew gets most of its smokiness from the scotch whiskey barrel as it was stronger in aroma than in the flavor profile. This is a big robust ale with the sweetness and smokiness held in check by wonderful malt complexity, fruity esters and a decent drying in the finish from good yeast attenuation. This is a world class effort from the brewers and a joy to sip on.