Lubiere (13992) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2010
A hazed dark amber ale with a thin white head. A pleasant sweet malt aroma, light vinous notes with smooth hops and butterscotch. In mouth, a sweet barley wine like I2PA with sweet malt, British herbal hops, nice and lingering, treacle, warming alcohol. Quite nice for the last remains of the keg. On tap at Cheshire Cat, May 29 2010. Sammy (12361) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2010
enjoyed on cask at The Rhino pub crawl. Copper colour, with pinkish tinge. Whisp of a head. Neutral aroma. Medium, though creamy mouthfeel, bulked up by caramel. Somewhat of a hoppy barleywine, with a fruity taste. Interesting, and a British element. Some carbonation. A sipper. jercraigs (10591) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2010 2010-05-29. Darker orange amber body, small off white head. 3+ Aroma is a bit odd. Alcohol, caramel, vanilla? 6+ Flavour is on the sweet side, caramel, light bitterness. Average plus bodied palate is very lightly carbonated. Okay. 6+/3+/6/3/13+ - 3.2 Blind Tasting at Volo, TorontoDuffMan (10451) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 15, 2015
2010-05-08. Very lightly hazy, dark orange body with a nice foamy beige head. Interesting aroma, a character I know but can’t places, yeast and dusty caramel malt, modest hops. Flavour is slightly off putting up front, fairly fruity, orange citrus, light bitterness. Sweeter overall than I expected and a lot less hop flavour than I was hoping for. Smooth average plus bodied palate is very lightly carbonated, perhaps to its detriment. Did not benefit from following up a Ten Bitter Years. Mabel tried them in the revers order and enjoyed this one more than I did. I suspect though that this one might be better on tap so I hope to try it again in future. Okay, but not one I would necessarily return to. 7/4/7/3/13 - 3.4 Cask at Volo, Toronto
Bottle, shared by Shea at game night with heavylaevy, TvM, phantomhennes, and others. Dark orange-amber, hazy, with a low beige head. Aroma is malty and woody. The flavours here are sweet fruity caramel, with a marmalade quality, some woody/earthy undertones. Not getting any hop signature at all, and there is only modest bitterness in the finish. This carries no resemblance to a DIPA, but it is a drinkable brew. JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2010
Cask at the Rhino. Amber pour. Malty and chewy with a sweet, sticky underattenuated palate. Diacetyl and DMS – they may call this an IPA – but it ain’t.
mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2010 [2862-20100508] Cask. Mild petrol grassy hops aroma. Hazy, dark orange body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head with lots of suspendies. Fruity thick bitter toasted orange skins flavour has oak and buttery notes with a bitter petrol hint aftertaste. Medium-full body. Surprisingly smooth for so bitter a brew. (7/3/7/3/15) 3.5
czar (9172) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2013
(@ Volo, Toronto, ON)
[2893E-20100529] Tap. Mild alcohol English profile hops aroma with some oak notes. Clear, amber body with a quick foamy white head. Sweet sugary molasses-like malt flavour. Medium body. Not very hoppy. (6/3/7/3/13) 3.2
(Blind Tasting @ Volo, Toronto, ON)
pours clear copper-red with a decent light beige head, retention and lacing. toasted breadiness, strawberries, citrus, light herbal and grass notes, some sweetness, almost cloying. lightly oaked. average to soft carbonation, medium body. ok. blankboy (7714) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2010
Cask at Rhino. Pours a clear orange-copper with no head. Aroma of oily, resiny hops and alcohol backed by caramel malt. Flavour of resiny hops, alcohol, fruit and caramel malt -- a little too sweet for the style and a little too boozy to fully enjoy. Average to medium bodied, oily mouthfeel. Not bad but not as good as I expected and not on style. Radek Kliber (7369) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 12, 2016
Where and how: b. 650 ml HogTownHarry (7012) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2010
Aroma:strong, alcohol warmth with solid dose of hops, good aromatic vibe at end. Soft finish.
Top: medium lighter, off white tanned cap. Some lace noted on glass.br>
Base: amber gold, cloudy
Palate : full bodied, silky, drinkable. It does have lighter carbonation than most. Fairly long finish.
Taste: hefty, fairly sweet but I would not call it cloying. Straight forward hoppy character on top. Nice straight strong bitter ale.
On cask at Volo. Thick-looking, somewhat cloudy orange-amber pour with minimal bubbly head. The aroma ... a little tantalizing; some intriguing vaguely citrusy pungent floral bitterness, but looming over it was an ominous boozy/sugariness. The taste - oh my, what a trainwreck; imagine if Trafalgar tried to take an old Avery booze monster recipe and jam a whack of inappropriate floral hops into it ... my tongue was assaulted by something that seemed a lot like a whole packet of tangerine Koolaid stirred into about 3 ounces of cheap vodka - boozy, thick, incredibly sugary ... it stuck to my palate like a lamprey; I drank about 1/3 of my glass and eventually had the bartender pour it off - I followed it with a REAL DIPA (Black Oak Ten Bitter Years) on cask, which was so much better this Beaus rating had 2 points knocked off its already low score as a further penalty. Another over-hyped misguided undrinkable offering from Beau’s: I’m betting it won’t be the last one.
** update: someone complained about my rating, saying I’m not fair to Beau’s: this is true. I scored it too high - I’m dropping it by .3.