JoeMcPhee (8167) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful packaging on this one. Pours a deep amber-ruddy colour with a thick white/tan head. There is a rich sweet malt base and a touch of heavy smoke and some light treacle. There is a little bit of whisky character and a rich sort of fruity/smoky character. Intense but quite well-balanced with a little bit of rich woody/oaky character. Peat and a bit of whisky smoke as well. There is a touch of fruit in it, but it’s quite clean with respect to the ester component. Loads of elegant complexity. Oak and a touch of vineous flavour. Damn - this is a hell of a beer.
matt7215 (2109) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from the LCBO. amber with a lasting tan head. scotch dominates the nose. whiskey and wood totally cover the flavour of the base beer. very easy drinking, assuming you like scotch, abv well hidden. better then i thought it would be but its still a barrel bomb, an aggresive first effort from this brewer. id love to try the base beer before it went into the barrel, since, despite having a 750ml bottle i have no idea what it tastes like.
Spab (2086) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a hazy deep copper colour with dense, lasting light tan head. Aroma is hugely peaty with woodiness and hints of sweet caramel. Flavour is also quite peaty although the malty sweetness (caramel and brown sugar) comes through more and some oakiness is also apparent. Silky mouthfeel from the very fine, lively carbonation. Nice, although the peatiness is a little overpowering.
neuromatt (995) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in a snifter. Pours clear orange-amber with a huge, frothy beige head that remains and leaves a moderate amount of fine lace. The nose has huge notes of peat and whiskey, along with oak, caramel and smoke. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout with huge whiskey barrel, smoke and peat, along with caramel, brown sugar and just a touch of hops. The finish is long, peaty and smokey with a touch of pepper. On the palate it is medium in body with a smooth, syrupy texture and average carbonation. Overall, this is a decent Scotch whisky barrel-aged Scotch ale, but the peat and smoke are a bit too dominant for my taste; they hide the malty-sweet base. 2013-02-23
hangunder (185) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich malty peaty aroma. Amazingly long lasting fluffy head, dark brown/whisky color, a bit hazy. Flavor is quite intense, smokey peatyness all the way through with a bit of sweet malt in the aftertaste. A bit of dark fruit in the flavor, but mainly the peat aromas/flavors dominate. Alcohol well hidden Very silky smooth mouthfeel with quite high carbonation, medium to heavy bodied. Quite refined for a scotch ale and easy drinking once you get into it.
TheJester (1687) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle. Very appealingly but expensively packaged, with two neck tags, paper wrap, cork & cage, and a painted bottle. (It looks great, but I hope that this is a one-off in celebration of this brewery’s first commercial brew. I hate paying for excessive and unnecessary packaging.) Pours hazy orange-brown with a beige head which begins quite large, but settles at one-finger. It’s dense and laces nicely. Smoke up front in the nose, then oak, then a hint of sweet caramel underneath. The smoke is fairly dominant. The taste is quite complex, with the elements of the aroma equalizing a bit and being joined by mint, alcohol, and a little brown sugar. It’s a little bombastic at this point; might be a nice one to age. A creative and more than solid first offering that suggests a promising future.