DuffMan (6980) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, courtesy of OKBeer. Pours a hazy dark orange with an orange-tinted finely bubble head that retains very well. Sweet sticky toffee aroma, notes of orange and pine. Sweet toasty toffee malts married to bright citrusy and coniferous hops. Finish is soundly bitter, marred slightly by a band-aid note that creeps in late. A lovely bitter.
beernbourbon (1323) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pour is hazy copper with large beige rocky head. Aroma is quite nice; citrus hops with a malt backbone. very clean smell with notes of orange and maybe a touch of metal. Flavor is slight acidic malt with a nice hoopy finish. the lingering flavors are honey, malt, orange, and faint hop resin. Nice beer, better than expected.
Lubiere (10291) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice dark golden ale with a thin creamy off white head. In aroma, a nice biscuitty malt overlayed with British hops. In mouth, a nice ESB, with good biscuitty malts, a good dose of herbal British hops, very quaffable, herbaceous and piney. Medium bodied. On tap at brewpub, Oct. 10 2009.
GregClow (2910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of tuqueboy - thanks, Josh! A very fresh bottle, received by Josh from the brewery just a few days before he passed it on to me. Dark and clear amber-orange with a nice and creamy head. Both aroma and flavour have a great balance of malt that is both sweet (esp. toffee) and bready, and zingy, slightly citric hops. Hops build nicely as it warms, almost pushing into IPA land by the time I finish the bottle. Fine stuff indeed, very solid and sessionable.
JoeMcPhee (8534) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber beer with a thin white head. Sort of rocky/chunky in appearance. Fairly spicy hop nose over some biscuity/caramelly malts. Nice sweetness with a bit of orange peel flavour and a lingering hoppy finish. A bit of resinousness on the back. It’s quite a lovely ESB.
Spab (2522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the Port. Pours a clear orange gold with small near-white head. Nice eartly hop aroma balanced with grainy malts. Taste follows suit and yields a nice bitter finish. Nice.
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[2325-20090723] 650mL bottle. Tart hoppy citrus rind aroma. Clear, amber orange body with a long-lasting very foamy off-white head and very thick lacing. Thick hoppy tart citrus flavour. Medium body. Good.
(w/ jerc, other)
jercraigs (8006) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009-07-23. Amber body with a foamy creamy beige head. (3+) Aroma of dry malt, tart tangy notes. Flavour is predominantly dry malt with a modest generic bitterness, citric tangy bitterness. Average to thin palate. The foamy head and rumblings about the bottles not keeping well make me suspect this is drier than intended but its still quaffable, albeit a bit dull. Bottle from OKBeer
Gethinbeer (2194) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Port Pub. Great appearance. Decent crisp head. Seems highly hopped for an ESB, but the beer is just perfectly balanced. Hops, citrus fruit and it has a great bitterness. Great quality beer.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Port Pub, sampled 10/4/08. Red/brown/amber colour with a fully lasting frothy tan head. Earthy, bready, fruity, citrus, and lightyl woody and piny aroma. Earthy and bready malts with a long lingering earthy, woody, piny, and citrusy bitter finish. Medium bodied, firm and even a bit chewy mouthfeel. Stunningly well made and possibly the best bitter/ESB I’ve ever had.
As an add-on, a couple of samples from the bottle have made my opinion of this beer soar even higher. While I expected the bottles might not live up to the pub sampling, my experience has been the opposite. The numbers above reflect my pub rating, but this may well be the best beer made in this province right now.