AgentAle (1726) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 21, 2017
Aroma is caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Taste is rich malts, caramel and light fig. Some clove and earthiness to finish. Appearance is a dark brown head with a thin light brown head that retains fairly well. UXO (1896) - CANADA - DEC 20, 2016
Appearance: hazy deep brown with amber margins, one finger of fluffy beige head diminishing gradually to a thin cap, patchy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: chocolate malt, cocoa, orange peel, oak. (7/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-full body, soft carbonation, off-dry finish. (3/5)
OK, letís do this one by the numbers: Black? WellÖ sorta. Mammoth? WellÖ maybe. Winter? Yes! Yes! Nailed it! This is, in fact, the first day of winter! Ale? Another solid one! Batting at least .500! Ok, fine, sarcasm aside, this might not be quite the beast it promises - truth be told, itís pretty much a standard Porter in terms of flavour profile, except for the ABV - but itís fairly respectable. Or at least, it would be, with some more bitterness backing up the malt bill. In my humble opinion, something this dark (-ish) and heavy (-ish) can pull off a decent IBU value - particularly if it wants to brag about being ďmammothĒ. And another damn thing, while Iím at it: pick a style. If yíall had called this a Porter (like I think it is), or even made the argument itís an Imperial Porter, Iíd probably have been a bit more enthusiastic. I hate classifying things as Winter Warmers, because itís a bullshit style encompassing a wide range of ABVís, malt bills, and spice profiles. Might as well call it an American Strong Ale, for all the help that provides. Do I like it? Yeah, sorta. Am I happy about that? No, not particularly. A bit more direction would help this immensely. Iíll grudgingly call this a seven, but Iím not happy about it. (14/20) pictoman (1084) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2016
Poured from 650mL bottle [bb 05/2017]. Brown-ish black with light tan head. Chocolate and light smoked wood. Medium body. Citrus is but a mild hint at the end. My favourite local winter ale. cards04 (2784) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 23, 2016
Pretty nice ale. Pours black with tan head and spotty lacing. Aromas are red berries, licorice, dark chocolate. Nice roasty flavours. Burnt malts, tangy strawberries, umami. Nice. northropfrye (3514) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 22, 2016
Dark brown body, brown head, some lacing. Fruity malty, tart, roast cocoa, a touch of citrus and grapes in the aroma. Taste is semi-sweet, rich malty, with a dry finish and lactose. Frothy palate.
redbeered (66) - GREECE - DEC 24, 2015
bottle: pours brown, black with a tan head.......vanilla, caramel, toffee notes.....medium sweet with a gentle bitterness.......medium body.....coffee and roast flavours.......good effort
DeanF (2453) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2015
Nice solid spongy beige head with a jet black body. Aroma of peat, chocolate, coffee, oak. Flavour is a strong sour mix of licorice and chocolate, smooth molasses. Wet finish. Nice and heavy with good intrigue in the aroma and flavour, the best Fernie brew Iíve tried to date. phatmasterc (3) - - DEC 21, 2015 does not count
Khaki colored head. Alcohol upfront, nice body to go with the 8%abv, roasty toasty caramel on the end along with chocolate and cocoa. You have to look for the orange peel which is nice, itís not overdone. A great beer for a cold time of year. Ferris (15013) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2015
Draft - Some dark roast, but light. Jet black with a beige head. Dark roast, cocoa and chocolate notes. Decent. dfinney23 (3255) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2015
Dark pour with a finger of pale foam that leaves nice lacing. Aroma of cocoa powder and a bit of fruit. Taste is a more muted chocolate with a lightly bitter finish.