GregClow (3194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich brown colour with small tan head. Sweet aroma of caramel, brown sugar, spicy fruit. Mouthfeel is thin, but the flavours are nice - very malty with apple, orange and spice notes, smooth and balanced right through to the finish. With a bit more body, it would be a seriously kick-ass winter warmer.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caramel and brown sugar aroma, ruby colour, large toffee head. Malt and spicey apple pie flavour, with some candy and good bitterness. Very enjoyable!
Metalchopz (3078) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Originally rated January 2007. From Christmas 2006 and with a date best before May 2007. Pours a dark amber with grape-red highlights. Tanned head with average retention and decent lace. A bit of haziness is present. Usual Trafalgar yeast nose with some spices. Mild fizzy mouthfeel with slight syrup. Nice cinnamon spice, fruity orange and hoppy flavours. The taste is surprisingly much better than all of the other Trafalgar beers I’ve tried.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of and shared with blankboy. Dark brown pour, small white head - it was huge but faded instantly. Spicy, orange peel, yeast aroma. Nice malty taste - impressive given my now lower expectations from this brewery. Roasted lingering aftertaste. A little watery. Lots of burn caramel hints as well. If it were not a little watery, this would be one of the best Ontario beers available. As is, it is easily Trafalgar’s best offering and I congratulate them on their achievements with this one.
Quevillon (2897) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bouteille de 650 ml. Ruby brumeuse, trop gros collet beige. Arome d’épice peu sucré et de fruit sûrette peu plaisant.Goût sec de petit fruit sûrette et d’essence d’orange faible, un peu épicé.
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep amber in colour. Very sweet aroma of caramel and sugar. Flavour is very sweet, malty. This beer just seems to break apart in the end. Why bother.
TheJester (2533) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
650 mL bottle. Deep chestnut brown with some (not much) head. No lacing. Coffee and something unpleasant (someone else described as vegetal?) in the aroma. Roasted malt, sweet, nice bitter finish. Thin, for such a dark beer. Alcohol is not apparent. A little disappointing.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Greg Clow. Nose of tart cherry, spice, plum, port, alcohol, apple. Body is a nice ruby, head quickly fades. A bit vinous up front, strong malt with plum, raisin, tart fruits (peach?) Quite nice
piscator34 (2345) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 3, 2007
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark amber in colour with low carbonation. Aromas of light malts, a bit of roasted malt, vanilla, mild cherry, and very faint red grape skin. Fruit forward flavors of grape and prune lead the way before a big whack of sugary sweet malts completely take over. It’s got a long rounded finish with almost no hop bitterness to clean things up. A touch of citrus sour is present, but where are the spices? The lack of carbonation is not helpful either.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 21, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a deep amber brown color with a light tan head. Aroma is woody sour and spicy. Flavor is malty, cardboard, slight spice, and yeast.