iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
341mL bottle, no date from goryshkewych--thanks George! Clear deep reddish brown with a one finger light brown creamy head, fair retention. Walnuts, hazelnuts, and coffee grounds are what I picked up on first. Minerals and fruitcake cake next. Flavor adds a bit of wet paper oxidation and the slightest alcohol presence. The nuts and fruit are the most upfront. A lightly roasty semi-dry finish with bitterness peaking around a 2. Light creamy carbonation with a body just slightly thinner than I’d have liked. I’d have no problem drinking a few of these--a nice surprise.
fredthecat (321) - CANADA - APR 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2009 a really nice and particular aroma, smells slightly candyish and fruity. tastes malty and sweet with a little bit of a dark stout taste at the back of the mouth, great low amount of carbonation and like any great high percent beer you cant even tell its anything better than normal. slightly less "filling" than the wellington dark allowing you to get alot more drunk without feeling bloated. also lower than "premium" priced, and with the 6.5% abv this is one of the best choices to get for cheap per alcohol unit and taste.
KingofCastle (208) - London, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2008 Yet another over-rated beer from this very average brewery. This is up there with Tankhouse for an allegedly flavourable ale, but both are thin, lacking malts, depths of flavours and seem almost too fizzy for an english ale. Give me a Fullers or John Bull any day or even a Belgian ale for big alcohol content with way more flavour. Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale has more alcohol & way more flavour than this. This does have caramel and is sweet, but needs more malts to round it out.
Imperial-John (192) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2010 Seems to me that the formula has been changed recently. Creamier and less bubbly. The aroma is dried fruit, nuts and malt. The taste is creamy, nutty malt, reminds me of dopplebocks. Colour is dark brownish red with foamy tan head that thins quickly. Smooth, hides the alcohol well. Good blend with no ingredient overpowering the others. One of the best locals available at our beer stores.
Ibrew2or3 (8158) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Degarth. Pours dark brown with thin off white head. The aroma is a load of the darkest of dark fruitiness with dates, prunes, and raisins along with a hint of roastiness. The flavors are well blended with notes of roasty malts, light amounts of caramel and toffee as well as prunes, dates, raisins and a mild sense of the ABV. It stays pretty even and unchanging into the finish.
Quake1028 (636) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Degarth.
Good stuff .Wish my palate was a bit fresher when I tried this, to better take in everything that was going on here, because I think this is a pretty damn good beer. Forgot to take notes on this one. Would love to try again.
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
341 ml bottle. pours dark brown (actually very red when held against light) with no head and minimal carbonation. aromas and malty, grainy and nutty. flavours are straight forward with dark malts and nuttiness. no complexity holds this back from being outstanding but this is a damn good ale thats heart warmingly drinkable.
probstblueribbon (3717) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
341 ml bottle in 6-pack from The Beer Store, served cold in a tulip glass.
App.: Very deep ruby copper, small light tan head, clear.
Aroma: Generous amounts of cherry and other fruits mixed with coffee and milk chocolate malts, some earthy/funky hops.
Palate: Medium-full body and medium-soft carbonation.
Flav.: More earthy and fruity than the nose, some cardboard, the darker malts are subdued; off-dry, mild bitterness and a lightly vinous and medium roasted malt finish.
A touch old I suspect, but still a very likeable beer.
tomthompson89 (1977) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
dark copper color toffee nose decent small white head mouth feel is thin malts are nice find the alcohol takes over a bit
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.