pootzboy (1590) - 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.
solidfunk (4012) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of smoked peat evident here. Pours dark brown with good head and some lacing. Aroma of peat unbalances the rest but there’s still some oak from the barrel and whiskey here. Booze quite evident as well. Consistency slightly syrupy but good. Pretty low carbonation. Finishes bitter with light sugar water sweetness. Ok but a little expensive for me. Bottle.
kevinsenn (1079) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from LCBO. Pours hazy and amber-brown, with a 1/2 inch head. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, campfire and whisky. Taste is whisky and gasoline with a nice caramelly ale in the background. Nice smooth body. Not QUITE for me, but that’s because I’m not a fan of whisky. I’d recommend this to anyone who likes whisky or whisky-barrel-aged beer.
TylerJonScott (69) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a murky dark copper colour with a medium head tinted of orange. Woody and smokey aromas. Huge taste of wood and peat. Sweetness balances the smokiness. Strong alcohol taste. Good character. Packaging is a bit over the top.
terrybail (617) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml botlle shared with Steve And Dave
Didn’t think i was going to like this as much as i do
Due to the smokey aroma but it is has very nice balance between the smokiness and the sweetness
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle from LCBO, sweet paper wrapper, neck tag. Cork and cage, cork almost shot out when cage removed. Bottle fermentation! Pours deep brown in colour, big tan head. Aroma here is big and peaty, the scotch casks doing their job. Relatively sweet wee heavy underneath. Huge beer, especially for scotch lovers!
Gorbalev (2924) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Embrun LCBO. This is quite a bit of expensive looking packaging for a brand new brewery! Once I eventually got inside, it poured a murky dark copper with a big frothy orange tinted head. Pleasant aroma of smoke, caramel sweetness, dry dusty wood, and some alcohol. Taste - whoa, there is a ton of wood and smoke here. Way more on the wood I would say - I have never really tasted anything like this! Hits you right off the bat and stays through the end. Medium foamy body, lots of ear burning alcohol present as well. This is a made for splitting bottle. I really enjoy the taste but I am not sure how much of this I could drink in one sitting. Huge beer and unique. Going to have to think about this one a bit more. Nice first effort folks - this is a special occasion, share sort of purchase.
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear orange-brown with a nice beige head. Aromas is lots of oak, peaty and candied fruits. Taste has lots of oak, smoke and candied fruits. Medium to heavy body with lively carbonation.
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Gethinbeer (2157) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2013 Shared with JoeMcPhee. Amber colour with a frothy white head and lace. Smoked malt aroma. Altogether quite a smokey brew with some liquor heat. Sweet vanilla flavour with spice notes. Tasty beer.
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2013-03-09. Crisp dark orange amber body with a small beige head. 3++ Huge aroma, peat, iodine, mushy peas, muted vegetal undertones. Flavour has strong biscuity whiskey character, mild mushy peas, peat, lingering bitterness. Smooth average plus bodied palate. Well done beer that is very much not to my own taste. It is actually a pretty well made beer, and I can appreciate what went into it but I could barely finish a small sample. Not for me! Bottle shared by Wilco