gilvanblight (678) - Windsor, Ontario, - JAN 25, 2013
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Very dark yet clear pour. Lotes of bubbly head that seems like it wants to cling but can’t quite pull it off. Smells like a porter. Coffee, malts, caramel, smokey, all those good things. Wow how odd. The taste doesn’t match that at all. This beer is confused. Did they spend months perfecting the perfect ’porter scent’ while ignoring most of the taste. There’s this taste there that’s not good that takes over. At first you get that smokiness, and a touch of burnt caramel. Then that taste. Based on past experience I think that’s the Trafalgar taste. Something someone that works there must like but I’m not a fan of. Based on the look of this I expected more. Not so great though. I would skip it giving another chance, it did smell good though.
GuillaumeCL (287) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from the LCBO. Pours an opaque black with a small amount of tan head that laces well. Smell is cognac, alcohol, and a bit of roastiness. Palate is on the lighter side of medium bodied with below average carbonation. Taste is slightly sweet at first, then doesn’t really do anything, though gets a bit bitter in the aftertaste. Not bad, but just... there’s nothing there.
Boutip (3971) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Poured a clear dark color porter with a large dirty white foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of light dry roasted malt with some light sweet notes and very subtle cognac notes. Taste is a mix between light dry roasted notes with light residual sugar notes and a vanilla and liquor. Body is indeed too thin for style with medium carbonation. Not as bad as expected but not as great either.
MikeRochon (19) - - FEB 27, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark red, light brown with little head retention. Coffee, chocolate, a little sour/dried fruit, some burnt sugar and a hint of spice. Medium light bodied with a short finish, thin and not terribly pleasant. Not really sure what the cognac barrel contributed, a mediocre beer with a hugely inflated price tag.
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neuromatt (858) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in a snifter. Pours clear reddish chestnut with a small tan head that fades quickly to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. On the nose, there are notes of oak, grapes, toffee and chocolate, with hints of vanilla and fruit. The flavour is dry with oaky, toasty malts and a touch of cocoa. The finish is long, dry and slightly bitter. On the palate, it is light in body with a dry texture and soft carbonation. Overall, I was a little disappointed with this one. The cognac is nice, but the body is too thin and plain for my taste. 2012-12-22
Phluid (1) - kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2013 does not count
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Very nice first notes, very flat second, but has a good finish. A bit pricey, but worth a try.
Metalchopz (1742) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thin porter it is. But, it still has some decent characteristics. Nice ceramic bottle with swing-top from the LCBO. Pours a clean dark brown, see-through, with red highlights. Frothy beige head with average retention and a little lace. Aromas of roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits, caramel, with hints of burnt wood and the cognac alcohol warmth. Wet thin mouthfeel and the taste seems watered-down. Some roasted burnt malts show up in the finish thankfully. Notes of dark fruits, hop bitterness, watery molasses and coffee. This could of been much better, had it had a stronger alcohol content (to have more punch in the mouth). Still, worth trying.
Viper666 (2654) - Saint-Hubert, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bouteille 500ml en céramique. De couleur brune très foncée et claire. Nez de malt rôti, de café, léger de chocolat noir avec des notes de fumée de bois ainsi que des traces de vanille, de houblon herbeux et de caramel toffee brûlé. Moyenne-mince en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-doux ainsi qu’une texture légèrement crémeuse et aux notes aqueuses. Léger goût de fumée de bois avec des traces de vanille lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute rapidement un goût de malt rôti avec des notes de chocolat noir et quelques traces de caramel toffee terreux et brûlé puis en finale l’on retrouve un très léger goût de café avec des notes de houblon herbeux. Post-goût moyen, légèrement amer de rôti avec des notes de café et de houblon herbeux.
Radek Kliber (5906) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: coffee , dry roast , slight woody notes , hint of licorice decently rounded.
Look: hazed dark brown with lighter beige top. 3+
Taste/Palate: medium bodied , softer feel. Touch of ash , woody feel , slight nutty elements. Cognac feel is there , balanced that is part of base beer. Good.
Bendrixian (677) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 21, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light brown and clear colour, Roast, sweet corn and muted aroma with aonly a hint of something woodsy. Light styled ale with a small hint of roast and some stewed fruit but overall really disappointing and slightly over priced.