Boutip (5033) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a large foamy head with some retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of refreshing caramel malt with a light dry hoppy finish. Taste is also a mix between some lightly sweet caramel malt with some light traces of dry English hops. Body is about average with some good carbonation. Easily drinkable with limited complexity.
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - JUN 2, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber with a thin whiet head. The aroma is pretty plain, cardboard malt extract with a bit of hops. The flavour is likewise not very interesting, mainly straight forward maltiness, cardboard, a touch of something that might be hops. Really nothing special.
probstblueribbon (3216) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle from LCBO, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
App.: Clear, moderate copper with a so-so light tan head.
Aroma: Metallic and a bit hoppy, nutty, light fruitiness, a touch earthy, toffee, a bit tight, as with so many British brews.
Palate: Medium-ish body and fairly sparse carbonation.
Flav.: Much richer than the nose, more toffee and dark dried fruit malts, some light metallic hops, still earthy and fairly nutty; off-dry to finish, with some pleasant bread, biscuit and light brown sugar, a wee bit of bitterness.
Meh, it is what it is.
matt7215 (2263) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle from the LCBO. pours garnet with a froathy off white head that stays forever. beautiful looking pint. aroma are light but consist of toffee malt and light hopping. the flavour is of a well crafted bitter. malts mostly but some hops there too. a little thin but nothing else wrong. a passable bitter.
DerWeg (1546) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very nice if served lightly cooled. Has a wonderfully lazy fine carbonation in a gem-like dark amber under a fine tall foam cap, and dense erratic lacing. Aroma is of wet hops fruits and sweet soft grains. Tastes of toffee, apple, bread, and gently steely/grassy hops. Really good session bitter and the farthest thing from a Euro-Macro.
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2009 500mL from the LCBO. Pours your standard dark amber with tiny white head. Aroma is your standard minor Brit hops and mediocre malt body. Flavour is your standard boringly sweet malt ESB character with a minor ESB hop bite in the finish. Minor fruity esters that arenít interesting. Faint. Watery. Your standard LCBO excruciating effort to bring us Ontarianís the worlds most mediocre beers. Thanks LCBO, really, my life would just be too interesting and exciting to handle without you. Not a bad beer by any means but good God sometimes these ones bore the hell out of me. Call me judgemental. The Lancaster Bombers of WW2 deserve a much better product to be named after. Boring as f*** to me, sorry.
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle - pours a clear chestnut with a good sticky white head that dissolves to a surface layer fairly quickly. Aroma of fruity malt and a bit of woody hop and sugar. Flavour quite nice - more brown sugar, and a good balance of hop and malt, along with a mineral quality - if a bit indistinguishable from other Brit bitters. Good, solid session ale.
Papillon (382) - Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 mL Bottle. Copper body with a thin fizzy-frothy head that settles to a wispy ring but laces the sides of the glass nicely. Aroma is sweet malt, crystal malt, treacle, molasses, and subtle hints of plums and raisins, like a good English pub ale. Very smooth in the mouth, sweet dark malts make up most of the flavor with a hint of molasses in the aftertaste and a smooth toasted malt finish. For a dark beer is is light-bodied but yet very agreeable. This is one of the smoother ones Iíve had in my mouth. At 4.4 octane it will not devastate the beer drinker but I will definitely ride this airplane again.
TheJester (2063) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
500 mL bottle. Copper brown with a small off-white head that quickly recedes to a film. Aroma is malty, with hazelnuts and caramel. Perhaps a little Flavour carries over a mundane maltiness, with the addition of some nice hops and an almost artificial sweetness. A slight bitterness on the finish. Body is on the thin side. Not terrible, but not worth revisiting.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of mixed fruit, malt, leafy wet hops, nutty with a hint of chocolate, copper, pours a very small tan head, some fine lace. Flavour begins with mild toffee, decent malt, some red pitfruit, treacle and woody too. Light bodied, well balanced, complex for a beer of this abv, creamy smooth mouthfeel, perfect bitterness, dry and oh so quaffable . Great session ale! I believe this beer is under appreciated.