erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Cask-Pours a very deep brown withe a big beige head. Nose of PINE and some grapefruit and caramel. Light diacetyl. Body is medium with a really great creamy texture. Well Conditioned. The flavors are just huge pine and light caramel and bread. Finishes intensely dry and bitter with resins just clinging to the tongue. One of the most bitter East Coast brews ever. Really enjoyed it. Like a great Homebrew. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
Dense 1-inch light tan head appears irregular, but mostly lasts atop the darkest brown body with crimson reflects. Explosive hoppy nose blends with the expressive roasted malts and somehow avoid the overwhelming acidity trap to head into a tobacco like, highly leafy and piney, ahses-like flavour range. In mouth, it is obviously highly tasty, growing sheets of bitterness with every sip, obviously made to be the last beer of the day (which it was). Well roasted, foresty and aggressive bitterness can’t help, but create some astringency, the its level remains minimal. Medium bodied, well displayed carbonation mostly removes the gummy feel. Remarkable for something so far of my usual likes. tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2005
Very assertive, citrus, leafy, resinous, lime, grapefruit, pungent, almost catty hop nose is appealing. Clear but very dark mahogany brown coloured body with amber highlights is topped by a low, fine bubbled, tan head that leaves some lace as it recedes to a thin but lasting cover. Chocolate, cocoa and roasted undercurrent to the strong citrus hop flavour with very strong bitterness that never seems overwhelming as there is plenty of malt here to ffset. Liquorice flavour emerges as it warms and plays a nice counterpoint to the bitterness. Medium body with moderate, fine bubbled carbonation that engages the tongue. Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Rastacouere and Yowie. beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2005
Clear dark brown pour with ruby highlights and a thin light brown head. Interesting aroma of oranges, slightly earthy hops and malt. Good flavor of oranges, very strong hops but also a decent malt base to give some balance, the finish is very very bitter and lasting. The body has a light to medium thickness with a creamy and dry mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. A good IPA but finishes way too bitter. MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2005
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Lubiere (14133) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2005
Intense citrusy and sprucey hops leap up aromatically and acrobatically. Roasted malts are helped by a touch of star anise sweetness and grapey fruitiness. A potent perfume to proffer party plans. Simcoe, Simcoe, Simcoe!
An athletic body punches in a lengthy, citrusy, and resinous hop bitterness. Very intense throughout, this is an unforgiving piney hop assault. Charred, roasted maltiness is felt but not that tasted enough, apart from the back maybe. Evident close lineage to their wonderful Heady Topper, this drinkable intensity could be accused of being linear, but it does its job so well. You’ll taste it for hours. Too bad some think this is supposed to be a stout. Pour amateurs avertis seulement...
Serenely scratching a deep itch.
Deep ruby brown ale, no head. Pleasant hoppy and floral aroma, pungeant, sweet and vinous. Nutty IPA like porter with a good malt base, and very floral hops. Rich and lightly harsh body. Dec. 2004. freekyp (2389) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2004
Reddish dark brown with a translucent quality. Somewhat thin in body for a stout. Espresso in nose is mixed with a hinting of citrus (pointed out by my wife). Very bitter, but too thin I felt. muzzlehatch (4970) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Draught. Coal black, dense, very thick looking, nice layer of cream lasts and lasts atop it, much like the topping of a French onion soup. Intense nose is bittersweet chocolate, barnyard freshness, and spruce. Very roasty coffee character throughout, extremely high bitterness for a porter (75 IBU) contrasts nicely with the creamy mouthfeel. Lush and rich, harsh and difficult at the same time. A challenge.