Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, - JUN 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice sweet malty aroma and pours a rich hazy reddish brown.
Large head that dissipates fairly quickly. Some sweetness, but the overall impression is of malt with some hoppiness. Sweetness lingers, but not long enough to be cloying. A very, very nice brew.
beerplace (613) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 18, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle from Big Ridge Liquor Store. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is sweet, dark fruits, toffee, caramel. Taste is pretty the same. Roasted malt aftertaste. Very good.
QcBeer (118) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 17, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Une couleur surprenante rouge vin très vif tirant vers le brun. Une effervescence costaude avec une bonne mousse beige.
Un nez fort de malt caramelisé apparant à une scotch ale. Petit fruit noir, d’épices et de sucre, de blé et un soupçon de grains grillé!.
En bouche, c’est d’une belle douceur malté caramel, on y ressent bien la présence de noisette et un coté assez vineux. Une sensation boisé avec un petit goût chocolaté. Une finale légère sous un aspect bien sucrer et bien cremeuse que l’alcool n’est pas vraiment présente ici!
Cartoonkhaki (1248) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber pour with puffy off white head. Sweet aroma of stewing fruits. Flavour is sweet with fruit and a bit of an alcoholic kick. Body is complimenting the flavours it is thickish. It has sweet after taste.
Kauge (1530) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 18, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from LCBO. 7%. Pours brown with red hue, head’s light tan. The aroma first comes across as black olives, then toffee and prunes, apples. Tastes toffee and caramel sweet with brown booze moments. Body medium, carbonation mellower side of active, finish a bit warm and somewhat dry. Overall alright.
flatmatt (1442) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a deep red amber with a tan head. Red apple fruity aroma. Flavor has red grape and molasses. A touch of oxidiation, as I suspect this bottle is aged a bit, but it’s not bad. Finishes clean. Not bad at all.
Papillon (399) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
650 mL Bottle. Deep copper-ruby body with a frothy beige head settling to a tenacious layer leaving spotty lace. Intense sweet aroma just about stings the nose; molasses, toasted malts and malt-mash being the dominant, crystal malt, sharp floral notes. Intensely sweet dark beer with an imposing taste that is more like a mix of blackstrap molasses and dark fruits than anything else, crystal malt aftertaste with an innuendo of clove, bittersweet treacle and hops linger tapering off to a likeable salty-sweet taste. Its best attribute is the mouthfeel but it struggles in all other facets. A dichotomous brew; I will not be captivated into buying that again.
ChadPoole (201) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours clear dark amber with an off white head that has some slight lacing. Molasses and plum aroma. Tastes of dark fruits, hops and chocolate that has a dry finish. Excellent beer will definitely have it again.
Tranquillity (1772) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. The body color looks like a coke, with a small light brow head. The aroma is sweet, licorice and chocolate. The taste isn’t full, but satisfying and very sweet with nuts and caramel.
pootzboy (1689) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2016
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle - pours a hazed dark brown with a 2 finger tan cap that lasts - aroma is slight until it warms then you get the roasty malt and some dark fruit yeast esters - rich mouth feel, big bodied - front side is roasty malty nutty then you get a bit of licorice with fig/prune fruits mid palate - long roasty wet finish - filling but nice
UXO (1406) - CANADA - OCT 25, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: clear amber, short light tan head diminishing rapidly to a thin cap, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: molasses, dark fruit, caramel/toffee, mild nutty, light chocolate. (7/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, mild bitter, mild tart. (7/10) Medium body, lively to moderate carbonation, drying lightly astringent warming finish. (3/5)
A cool enough October day to justify something a little darker - there was, after all, frost on the windshield for hockey practice at six this morning! Not a bad version of the style, although both the head and the body are somewhat less than indicated in the guidelines. Pretty similar to Celebrator, actually, if slightly lighter - so I’m guessing the name similarity isn’t accidental... However, it manages to pull off a higher ABV despite the lighter flavour, so kudos for that. It doesn’t really improve by warming, though, so unless warm watery molasses is your thing, don’t take too much time with this one. (13/20)