Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
341ml Bottle: Pours deep brown, red edges, with a very good light brown head. Aroma is heavy in alcohol, roasted malts, and caramel. The taste is very, very strong in alcohol, it doesn’t hide well for a 6.5%. Some malty, caramel sweetness with substantial hoppy bitterness. Seems like it’s missing some balance, and the alcohol just gets stronger as it warms. Not their best.
Gpnterojd (175) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2007 Looks splendid. A nice tan head rests atop a deep clear amber. Effervescence looks great. Aroma is bready, caramel, and walnuts. The flavour contains subtly roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, and some hops. Lots of chocolate. A little alcohol present. Good lacing. Dry finish. Side note: Good value. A flavourful, interesting beer for $36 a case, making it cheaper than a lot of the club soda lagers available around here.
adrian910ss (2247) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear ruby amber with a medium beige head. Aroma of tea leaves, malt and chocolate. Taste is malty with hints of nuts, malts, tea and chocolate. Interesting.
Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2008 Dark brown body with a minimal tan coloured head. A sweet chocolate smell in the aroma jives with some fruity esters. The flavour shows much of the same, but with more of an emphasis on the fruity end mixed in with caramel. The alcohol packs a nice kick, but does not dominate. Fairly full bodied. A very decent beer.
mabel (5043) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2007 [543-20070818] Sample @ BeerBistro (Golden Taps, Toronto, ON). Muted yeast and alcohol aroma. Clear, dark amber brown body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head and quite nice lacing. Very tame and muted wheaty grains and floral notes in the flavour. Medium-full body is a bit grainy. Fair and strong but would like to see more character. (5/5/6/3/12) 3.1
[621B-20070916] Sample @ Feast of Fields (Hillsburgh, ON). Floral malt and light caramel molasses aroma. Clear, dark brown amber, medium-lasting foamy light tan head. More dark molasses caramel in the flavour. Medium-full body. Nice dark beer. (6/4/7/3/14) 3.4
sinkhole (261) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Pours clear dark brown with minimal head. Aroma of light sweet carmels and roasted malts, which follow through to the initial taste. Found a bit of a alcohol finish at the end.
Overall, a nice beer, but I probably won’t have it again.
JesseM (1124) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2009 341ml bottle. Pours a dark red, almost identical to coke, with a very little khaki head. Aroma is strong, lots of sweet elements, nutty, bready, a little mocha too. Taste is very much like the aroma, but with more emphasis on the roasted, nutty malts, which are quite tasty! Finishes off with some mild lingering bittern dryness. Seems like a good bock, almost a Dopplebock, which is awesome. The aftertaste is actually a bit sour and tangy but in a good way. Wellington Brewery never seems to let me down!
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wonderful deep-brown appearance with scarlet fringe. Nutty aroma is complemented by buttered popcorn and the anticipated dark treacle/molasses. Restrained molasses flavour and bitter dark chocolate finish is not as powerful as expected, though enjoyable nonetheless. This one’s a keeper.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark coffee brown with no head and absolutely no carbonation. Nose is roasty. Flavor is openly sweet with some kind of fruit in the deep recesses of this one. Although this was a dark brew, I didn’t get a lot of those burnt offerings but rather roasted hazelnuts. This greatly remininded me of a barleywine, with its viscosity, sweetness, and limited carbonation. This brew improved as it warmed. I thought at times it was a little thin, but overall a good one.
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Overall a decent beer. Dark in colour with nice choclately, nutty roasted malts. Does not taste overally alcoholic for its strength, but not too easy drinking.