muzzlehatch (4950) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2006
12 oz draught at the brewpub in the company of Goldorak and MDS, served gratis by brewer Nicholas. This is the 2nd batch, which he hasn’t put on yet, but if you ask me it’s set to go. Pours a very nearly opaque maple to dark brown with an everlasting small-to-medium darkish tan head....gorgeous thick, caramelly aroma with faint smoky wisps, vanilla, a center of the richest chocolate-caramel nougat and odd hints of coconut, totally decadent....and on the tongue, it doesn’t disappoint, with a plummy oak-vanilla texture permeating the tasting, overlaid by caramel and milk chocolate, a faint vinous tartness....as it warms, acrid smoky peaches (yes that sounds weird I know but that’s what it seemed like) emerge in the nose, making even more complexity of an already wonderful treat.....a touch too much acidity at the finish and perhaps slightly too little carbonation which makes for a bit of doughiness, but this is in any case spectacular and if Nicholas thinks it will be better in a month, count me in for returning for more. Bravo! Quevillon (3061) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 8, 2007
Bu sur place en fut (12 oz). Brune acajoux brumeuse, petit collet beige pale. arome de malte caramelisé riche et fortement alcoolisé, qui est plaisant. Goût de caramel prenoncé avec des notes de petits fruits, très réchaufant. Excellent! Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2006
[ Draught at the brewpub ; chilled ]
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2006
A mostly lasting small fizzy tan head that tops up a hazy dark mahogany body. Moderate lacing. Few thin particules. Few medium bubbles Aroma presents malt being very rich and heavy toasted/nutty chocolaty and rich, tawny like alcohol ...while hops are light. Yeast character is fruitiness..a vast array of fruits.. figs, dates, berry.. plum prune and cherry/raspberry. Initial flavor is moderate but very rich malt character, while development tends to lean of a more alcoholic background. Finish is long and warming. medium body... oily texture... Lively carbonation...
Wonderful scotch ale.
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2006 Purple reflects intensify the deepset cuban cigar hue. The big-bubbled covering off-white head shows moderate persistence. Initially subtle, gently peaty, concealing its alcohol and asking to breathe. The malt grows steadier as it warms, developping an earthy confidence that eventually evolve into chocolatey territory, but stays away from mainstream caramel sweetness abundance and chooses a malty yet vinous fruity playground as its residence. Evocations of grapes, figs, berries, plums, toasted cakebread are supported by a leveling alcohol warmth coat that screams of happiness in the diplomacy and delicacy the sweetness shows. Thinner than you’d expect, once again focusing on fruitiness rather than unjustified weight, enhancing drinkability obviously and showcasing its elaborated carbonation, palate cleansing and mostly lasting. Clashing fruitiness embodies multidimensionality. Great flavors in there, charming balance makes a statement of toasty complexities among the juicy nature. FrancoisMtl (63) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 22, 2006
Pours a gorgeous dark brown and mahogany color in a tulip glass. To this rich aroma of caramel, toffee and chocolate, you can not resist to the invitation of undressing it a little more. Once you go a little further and you bring it to your lips you can admire all its complexity; everything is well balanced! You assist to a harmonious tango between sweet malt, warming alcohol, caramel, toffee and chocolate. It felt a little more attenuated then most Scotch Ale I had but it brings more complexity as it exhibits all the subtle elements that would usually be hidden behind decadent malt. The bad news is this batch is almost over and I will not have the chance to try it before next year!
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2006
A dark crimson shade that was hard for me to focus in on, the lights were darker than usual...Anyway, it wasn’t quite opaque but almost, with a frothy head that held it’s own nicely.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2006
Toasted walnuts, hops were fruity and the alcohol finish was light, with a tiny bit of that corky, aged aroma that was subdued enough to be quite pleasing.
My first sip surprised me with it’s silken, lacy smoothness, the carbonation almost absent. A very mellow sherry/Madeirized flavor that mingles well with the solid chunk of caramel malt and pretty much cancels out any lingering alcoholic vapors or unpleasant tannins. Bitterness is almost inexistent, the finish is delightfully sweet yet not cloying at all, it was a pleasure to drink from start to finish. This Beer really hit all the right buttons for me. Nicolas, the brewmaster, procrastinated for months before releasing it (9 to be exact), but it was sure worth it, kudos to him.
Draught. Thanks so much to the brewer for sharing this rarity! Deep ruby-garnet body with an airy eggshell-yellow head. Smells fantastic - caramel and smoked malt prevail along with some burnt chocolate and yeast. Chewy caramel, roasty malts, rich bitter chocolate, and faint alcohol flavours. Low carbonation. Layered, full body. I really enjoyed this as others seem to have expressed on this panel, and to think the brewer doesn’t even deem it acceptable for public release yet! marcbé (86) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2008
Three vintages tasting at the brewpub. Dark amber color with red hint, almost no head.
2007: Sweet but refreshing. Strawberry flavor, tamari sauce aroma.
2006: Very spicy (ginger), Nuts, bread, burnt sugar, some bitterness barley sugar in the end.
2005: much more balance, warming alcool flavor, cookie dought and butterscotch.
All three where very good but I must say that the 2007 is my favorite Viper666 (3286) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2009
En fût sur place (brassin 2006). De couleur rubis assez foncée et presque opaque. Nez fruité (raisins, notes de petits fruits), malté de caramel toffee aux petites notes rôties, terreuses et fumées, léger de chocolat avec des notes dalcool, de noix et de houblon herbeux. Ronde en bouche avec un pétillement bas et une texture riche et sirupeuse. Goût fruité (raisins aux petites notes vineuses, léger de petits fruits, faibles notes de prunes et de dates) lors de lentrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût malté de caramel toffee sucré légèrement rôti (faibles notes brûlées), aux notes terreuses et fumées ainsi que de petites traces de chocolat. Parallèlement, on retrouve un léger goût dalcool réchauffant jusquen finale où on y dénote également la présence dun léger goût de houblon herbeux avec des notes de noix. Post-goût moyen-long, moyen-léger amer de rôti, dalcool doux avec des notes de houblon herbeux ainsi qu un goût fruité (moût de raisins).(automne 2007)
Boutip (6312) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2013
Tap (Hivernale): Poured a dark mahogany color ale with a medium size foamy head. Aroma of caramelized malt and toffee is wonderful with light lingering peat notes also discernable. Taste is a wonderful mix between some caramelized notes with some toffee and residual sugar notes with light but perceptible notes of peat malt. This is perfectly balance while not being too sweet and not too smoky. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol.