Sammy (8910) - 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 thatís 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.
JoeMcPhee (8551) - 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 itís 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.
jercraigs (8051) - 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
mcberko (7043) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours a dirty orange amber with a small beige head. Aroma of leather, smoke and whiskey -- not much of the scotch elements underneath. Flavour brings out huge notes of leather and smoke (from the whiskey), followed by slight caramel and more smoke and leather. The barrels absolutely dominate, making this a smoke and leather bomb, but itís done in a rather sophisticated way. Really enjoyable.
DuffMan (7019) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with Grippitis and Ian. Auburn pour, lighter in colour than I expected for some reason (probably the opaque black bottle got me thinking this way). Very peaty nose-- we got Gripps bottle of Lagavulin to compare, and it really underscored the leathery smokiness in this brew. The malts are here in good balance, but in such a way to really elevate the whiskey character without causing it to be harsh or hot. Really terrific.
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 750 ml
Aroma medium intensity. Hints of sweet malt , some wheat , tad of smoke. Soft on sweet side.
Top: off white creamy mid sized crown.
Base: hazed amber gold.
Palate : soft with delicate carbonation. Medium bodied with thinner walls.
Taste:spicy with some chiliís? Sweet bit grainy base.
Other notes: smoky chipotle like feel.
mabel (6412) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
[5148-20130309] Bottle. Grainy caramelized malt aroma. Clear, dark amber body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Cigarette ashtray and woody sweet malt grain flavour. Medium body. Interesting, pretty bourbony, donít enjoy the cigarette. (7/3/6/3/10) 2.9
Overheard: "Nobody said, íOh my god you have tits. Donít grab this paper bag.í"
blankboy (6263) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle [750ml] . Maybe a little less packaging next time guys? Pours a deep orange-amber with a large lasting fluffy off-white head. Aroma of smoke, maple syrup, wood, caramel malt, alcohol and more. Flavour of smoke and wood along with caramel malt, alcohol, some hops and fruit. Medium bodied. Pretty good beer indeed.
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Ferris (4958) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Lots of oak, bit of whiskey and bread. Rich clear copper with a thin beige head. Itís like licking a barrel. A good barrel, but a bit extreme.
Boutip (4852) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a light clear amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some limited lacing. Aroma consists of wood and whiskey notes are quite dominant. Taste is also dominated by woody notes with dry whiskey notes and light caramelized sugar. Body is light with good carbonation and light warming alcohol. Interesting but actual taste is closer to diluted whiskey than actual scotch ale.