robinvboyer (3391) - 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.
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!
JoeMcPhee (8819) - 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.
Gethinbeer (2267) - 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.
pootzboy (1611) - 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.
d07c0m (91) - 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.
hangunder (299) - 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.
HipHopOpotamus (233) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle comes in a very different packaging style. I never herd of this brewing company before, amazing beer to come straight out of the gate with. Very good beer!
matt7215 (2263) - 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.
Viper666 (2787) - 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.