beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2004
Brown color with ruby highlights, thick, rocky white head. Subtle aroma of malt and caramel. Flavor of malt and caramel, slightly smoky too, sweet finish. Full body, liquorous texture, medium carbonation. Very good, smooth yet flavorfull. gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2004
The color of malt syrup. This beautís got a large, 2-fingered head. It decorates the side of the glass like lacy lingerie. You can smell the alcohol, boy. Man, I dig that malty smell! The alcohol vapors carry it around my head; I feel like I have a beer halo! Hops be damned here, this is about roasting the fruits of the earth. Sure itís sweet with malt, but the alcohol cuts the sweetness, and a little hops help to funnel this malty god down with their bittering influence. Iím left with a palate hung with dried grapes, shall I say fresh raisins. I like the spirited maltiness. Itís nicely (lightly)carbonated for the style, a wee heavy afterwards--as it should be. Thereís a smokiness, like a dessert cigar. Earthy beer. Good for a pub session with your friends. Although Iíll cut your hand off if you try to take some of the first bottle, but after that we can share. After a couple, Iíll sing in public.
Boutip (6332) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2004
Bottle: Poured a medium brown colored beer with a small head with little retention. Aroma is comprised of strong malts and it seems like you can almost smell the bitterness in this one. Taste is unsurprisingly bitter with a touch of roasted malt. This tasted not so unlike Fullers 1845, which is no bad thing. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2004
Bottle. Caramelly malt aroma, dark brown body. Fizzy tan head. Heavy mouthfeel, but balanced - there is a lot of malt here, but the subtle hop bitterness and crispy mouthfeel make a nice combination. I enjoy these sort of malty scotch ales and this is a great example. jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2004
Bottle, LCBO. Nice brown body with a good long lasting beige head. Aroma has some earthy-smokey notes along with some caramel malt and a touch of brown sugar. Flavour is quite nice with lots of sweet malt and with underlying hints of the flavours inferred by the aroma. Nice body, fairly alcoholic finish and a plasant lingering aftertaste. Nice beer, but not as robust as I had hoped based on some of the recent reviews.
CapFlu (5126) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 29, 2004
(5ooml bottle) Summer 2004 offering at the LCBO. Pours a medium beige head with a brown body. Enormous smell of caramel malt. Flavour is slightly more smokey than I had anticipated. The Lagavulin of the ale world? Very good. MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2004
Bottle @ Stockholm Beer Festivalpintbypint (3584) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 26, 2004
Aroma of dark fresh bread. Full bodied. Dark fruits and hops. Slightly smokey.
500ml brown bottle. Ruby coloured, tan head is thick. Aroma of sweet malt with a little bit of zesty hops. Medium bodied, dark malt taste melds well with hops. A trace of alcohol and bittereness in the finish. daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2004
Very dark sparkling ruby color with a decent brownish head. Fresh sweet malty nose with an upstart brown sugar presence. Light touches of dark fruit and a light alcohol feathering also in the nose. LIght spritz at the beginning leads to a quick sweet malt body. Bitterness adds to the body in the middle with a firm alcohol kick also making itself known. Finished lightly bitter and just a tad thin and sweet. Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2005 Everything about this beer speaks of strength! A beautiful, rich ruby red with a strong and fresh aroma that mixed hops and a touch of sweetness.Not much of a head, but a pile of flavour - hops, malt, caramel and even a hint of smokiness. This is a strong ale that goes down easy with a pleasantly full, but not overpowering aftertaste. Instantly, it has become one of my favourites - and since the LCBO only stocks it for a short time, Iím off to the store to stock up.