Sammy (8552) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jason’s bottle. Though the first batch, it was delivered recently. Funky and fresh aroma. Cloudy brown colour with creamy large soapy head, also leaving lace. 5% yet so boozy tasting with a tartness like a sour wild ale. Complex.
paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - NOV 13, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Thanks to Savvy1982 for the trade! One word describes this.....hmmmm. Maybe not a word but anyways, pours nutbrown with a non existent head. First aroma is vanilla followed by oak. Some cherries, light cough medicine, gentle malts, sour notes and some underlying sweetness. Taste is of vanilla, oak, sour cherry, cough medicine. Very dry body, very thin as well. I get the tea that was talked about. Very strange, but still a little boring. I’d like to try the next few.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear reddish brown. Thin off-white head, spotty lacing. Nose is big wood, tight oak, vinous character, cherries, light vanilla, nice sweet/tart balance, were I pressed, I might guess this to be a very young Flanders Red. Flavours are ashier, much drier, bitter berries, choke cherries, tight and a bit leafy/green, with malty sweetness, rich caramel, but drier than that implies. I want to say tea-like, but I don’t know why....
Very tasty and solid.
TreborWhip (392) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured into a tulip glass produced a dark amber body with moderate tan head. Aroma of sour cherries and red wine. Predominant flavors are oak, tart cherries, and prunes.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, pours light brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is tart cherry and port wine. Flavor is sour oak, moldy, cherry, sour peach and figs.
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - JUN 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours Deep brown with a thick foamy head. Aroma is rich and sweet very malty with a sharp rye aroma. Sweet and malty with a strong oak flavour mid palate and a strong rye sweetness in the finish. the beer is well balanced and complex. But it is also a little thin. very nice though.
TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A definate barrel aroma, but at first you really get a smell of fake aroma like at a shop for teenage girls. As it warms up its more like vanilla and floral notes. It is visually un-exciting, not really any head and lacing is of an old keg at the bar. Dark brown, you can sort of see through it at the sides, not too dark. Malt is the first flavour you experience but then the barrel flavour and wiskey set it. There’s no alcohol burn, but there is a definate wiskey flavour in it. Sorta reminds me of Innis and Gunn but not so sickeningly sweet. Seems odd that even at 5% the alcohol is evident. This is quite nice and smooth, very un-offensive, quite different. Really does impart a wiskey flavour without the burn.
presario (4611) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Dave at Willow for doling these out! Glad to see some of these in Alberta and a nice milestone to have a Canadian brewer having some fun with experimentation. Dark mahogany colour with thin lasting skiff. Aroma is quiet but if you look for it you can pull out the effects of the barrel. Initial impression is that this is a tasty beer and at 5% you can certainly explore a while. Is this their Porter or Amber in the barrel? Some not unattractive vanilla notes. Light raisin. A hint of spice. The alcohol and barrel effects seemed to be equally mixed with the vanilla and malt. A tasty after work pint. And at 5% you can have a few with a hockey game! An unprentious barrel aged beer. Tasty but over time not worth a hefty premium. I hope we get an equal opportunity to sample future numbers!
CapFlu (4500) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 21, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(650ml bottle) Purchased at Hillside Liquor in Saanich for $6.60. Has a very mild, toasty-fig aroma. The tongue is slightly elixir, some good oak chip flavour amongst a peat malt base. Not really a complex beer considering their claim of pushing the boundaries of beer. They should have a Schneider Hopfen or World Wide Stout.
manuchampions (1236) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Brewery Creek. Pours a cola brown with little lasting head. Certainly whisky notes in the nose though faint. Taste has mild notes of vanilla and certainly woody maltiness. The whisky is there but in good balance. Finishes a little watery but with decent flavour. Wish this one had been a little more intense, perhaps slightly higher in alcohol. Reminded me more of a weaker doppelbock than a brown ale though. Curious one.