jercraigs (10365) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Tupalev. Copper body with a small white head. Massive aroma of cream corn, yeast, and ambiguous fruit and an underlying grainy rye. The aroma is pleasant, but a bit odd. Similar character in the flavours - fruity with a rough hewn grainy foundation. Smooth average palate. 7.5% abv was very subtle, I would not have guess that from the taste. Interesting. Did not love it, but it bodes well for future specialty releases. A solid effort. mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2007
[303-20070509] 650mL (c/o tupalev, w/ him, blankboy, GregClow, jerc). Caramelized veggie aroma with a sweet background. Clear, brown orange body with a quick head and some central groups of medium-sized bubbles. Tastes like a watered-down root vegetable smoothie, kinda boozy and a sweet long aftertaste. Medium-full body. Very interesting blend of aroma/flavour. blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2007
Bottle (650ml) shared with tupalev, GregClow, jerc & mabel -- courtesy of tupalev. Pours a clear copper-orange with a small diminishing white head. Aroma of lots of caramel malt along with some yeast and grain. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, bread, grain and a hint of rye. Alcohol’s well hidden. Medium bodied. Pretty good, kudos to Church-Key for making more then mainstream Lagers and Ales. Radek Kliber (7345) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 16, 2007
Tap at Beer Bistro
HogTownHarry (6823) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2007
Clear ale with golden sparkle, light brown medium sized top with average density.
Aroma: mainly sweet and malty, grainy quiet plain but pleasant enough.
Soft textures yet marked with medicinal accents. Plum, grapes perhaps touch of vanilla. Sweet malts again. We all know how hard is to brew decent rye beer and its difficulties were shown here. I think few more tweaks and we could have decent rye on set. For now only 8/20.
Draught. At Volo. Poured slightly hazy amber with an average off-white draught head. Slightly sweet aroma, with cereal and herbal notes. The first taste that hit me was fennel - so much I wondered if the fennel bread I had with my cheese and carne appetizers was influencing my palate, but no, there’s fennel or carroway, or anise or something in there, a fair bit of it - as well as fresh toasty cereal malt and some light sweet herbal hops and mild fruity yeast. The body is middle of the road, with a little herbal and alcohol bitterness balancing out the sweet malt nicely - I’d like more rye and slightly less sweetness, but those are quibbles - I’d have this again.
GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2007
Bottle shared with tupalev, jerc, mabel & blankboy - courtesy of tupalev. Bright copper-gold with a tiny white head. Nice fresh aroma of wheat, rye, and roasted corn. Medium mouthfeel. Flavour is fairly sweet, with a nice rye tang, some other grain notes, and a stickly, orangey finish. Hides that 7.5% very nicely. An interesting beer. DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2007
C’est What Craft Beer Fest.
Malty nose,amber, tiny off-white head. Full malt flavour, alcoholic notes. Medium bodied,sweet,strong for a 7.5%. good. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2007 On tap at the Cloak and Dagger, rating 1700. Dark copper, big white head. Sweet aroma, hint of grain. Taste is very sweet, some alcohol, some bread notes, and lots of caramel in the finish. Thick foamy mouthfeel. In tastes the 7.5% that is listed. Flavourful, without coming close to the superior rye beers from folks like Bear Republic or Founders. Good beer. Cheers to Church Key for trying something new yet again.
Update: tried it out of one of the neat bombers that they had for sale at the brewery and it was good - probably better than on tap. The nose was improved, and the taste was really nice - lots of caramel and fresh grains. This is one solid beer. mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2007
Draught. Orange-amber body with a small white head. The aroma has plenty of rye notes along with some kind of sourish qualities, apples, and apricot. The flavour is quite sweet and smooth with some almost vinous characteristics. Raisiny fruit and cookie sweetness are apparent and alcohol becomes noticeable though doesn’t detract from anything.
tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2007
Sampled at the C’est What Spring Festival Of Craft Brewers on May 25, 2007.
Im jumping the gun a little bit since this one was fresh from the tank unfiltered, at the brewery with John, But im sure it will be out for spring reviaval. great interesting beer, very cloudy nice mouthfeel, interesting nose not overpowering. Another big alcohol at 7.7 or it was at the time of tasting, so well hidden. lovely aftertaste slightly buttery finish. great beer