JoeMcPhee (7620) - 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.
Sammy (7029) - 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.
jercraigs (6475) - 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
Gorbalev (2820) - 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.
Viper666 (2652) - Saint-Hubert, 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.
robinvboyer (2576) - 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.
matt7215 (1928) - 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.
Gethinbeer (1817) - Musky, 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.
solidfunk (1786) - Ontario, CANADA - 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.
Spab (1639) - 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.