Raistlin (315) - London, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
golden, sparkling, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly sour, lightly bitter, light body, thin feel, flat,
garthicus (2912) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 19, 2009
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Shared by HogTownHarry with Blankboy and I. Appearance: Light orange/straw with a small dirty white head. Aroma: Butter, grass, kind of like toast with butter on it wiped on grass clippings. Flavour: Butter, grass, plastic, vanilla.
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle ( 341ml ). Shared by blankboy with me a garthicus. Oily looking pale gold, clear, with a large fluffy white lasting head. Dry grassy aroma, somewhat sweet, some plastic. Taste is fairly harsh - weedy and background sweet, stale even - unpleasant. Light body, mild carbonation, and that harshness just builds on your tongue and doesn’t go away. Not good.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 13, 2009
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
2009 Bottle - Pours clear golden with a small white head...aroma is old grain and some hay...flavour is similar, lightly burnt bread and almost rotten grain, malty with a faint lingering bitterness...
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 8, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap @ BBF: Pale gold, light hop accent and husky grain notes in the nose. Flavor is malty with some toast and light biscuit; vague husk and a bit of hop bitterness. Clean-ish tasting with a lasting impression of toast. I could drink again.
Sammy (11251) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2009
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
LCBO. Not bad for this normally weak style. Wafted cheese smell on the pour. Very yellow body with some lace. Bit thin mouthfeel. The yeast brings out a maltiness on the sugar side, with a tad of a Saaz-like salty hop.
Spab (3440) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clear yellow gold with frothy white head. Nose of corn, grass and some malty sweetness. Grass, corn and some interesting woodiness in the flavour. Lightish body although heavier than might expect by looking at it. Alright.
Strangebrewer (1184) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle. Poured clear gold with a white head leaving descent lacing. Sweet floral hop aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Sweet malty flavour with an underlying dryness.
Papillon (400) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2009 First assay Aug. 11, 2009: 330 mL clear Bottle. Gold body with a frothy head that settles to a film that seems to want to cling to the sides of the glass, lacing as it is sipped. The aroma has a hoppy pungency to it with a note of grass -I wouldn’t call it a skunk smell but it is definitely pungent with an innuendo of mushrooms and grains. There is something unusual about the flavor; grains yes but it also reminds me of buckwheat -there is something else there too: a hint of raw mushrooms. This character continues in the aftertaste and finish with a nice smooth mouth feel.
2nd assay Aug 12, 2009: I felt a need to revisit this one for whatever is its peculiar yet interesting aspect: an intense smoky-earthy-woody-mushroom something that comes through both in the aroma and the taste such as I can’t remember having come across in a beer of its class before. Love it or hate it, one site describes this beer as being made with two specialty malts, a unique yeast strain and Whistler Glacier Water. It is aged for up to 6 weeks. I’d definitely try this one as an accompaniment to a recipe using plenty of mushrooms.
pootzboy (1693) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Having tasted Whistler glacier water right at the source and having sampled the original black tusk brews made with it, I have to say this carries on in that tradition of brewing with super soft water..
The water gives a unique softness to the overall palate and mouth feel. It also accents the hops and gives the malts their clean breadyness. Tasty, soft on the tongue decently hopped, unique and definately ’premium".
An unexpected surprise seeing how the beer has been panned by the hop free-baser cult.