DeanF (2647) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2012
Nice big creamy head and a clear amber body. Soft hops and malt aroma. Flavour is slight nuttiness, sweet malts, with a medium hoppy finish. This is a good one. DuffMan (10751) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 27, 2012
Bottle, bottled on May 12, 2012. Deep amber with ruby highlights and a frothy beige head that reduces to a foamy ring. Aroma is lovely: toast, birch syrup, subtle candied orange. Nice malty palate, toast and fruity caramel, simple but tasty. Medium bitterness. Pleasant and comforting. Canmoore (502) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
Pours a clear amber, with a medium cream head. Aroma notes include roasted malt, florals, pine, and crackers. Tasting notes include toasty malts, caramel, toffee, and resinous pine. This is a fantastic beer, super hoppy!! I like it a lot! UXO (1896) - CANADA - MAY 20, 2016
Appearance: clear medium amber with one finger of creamy ivory head diminishing gradually to a thin cap, patchy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: caramel/toffee malt, pine, toast, citrus zest, earth. (7/10) Taste: moderate-low sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Medium body, moderate-soft carbonation, off-dry slightly sticky lingering bitter finish. (4/5)
Well, that’s a bit of a surprise: it looks like an amber, but the aromas include a decent hop character in addition to the malt. Moreover, although the taste has some malt elements, it’s not sweet at all, and the bitterness is quite pronounced. I find it hard to believe that it’s only 35 IBU, actually, and can definitely taste the super-alpha hops. The bitterness really sticks around in the slightly sticky finish, lingering and growing. An amber I actually like - who’d’a thunk it? (15/20) pootzboy (1824) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2007 On Tap at the castle.
Tapped a deep clear amber color with a decent sticky off-white cap that lasts and laces the glass
Aromas of roast toffee, some carmel over dry hay and some citrus and ale-like fruity tones.
Up front a decent malt spine is balanced with pine-citrus hopping...mid palate the hopping gets bitter and dries up the drink leading to a clean dry bitter finish.
This is the bitter amber that Wellington never brewed.
HogTownHarry (7085) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - JUN 29, 2007
Draught. At Volo. Clear amber with an average off-white head. Leathery aroma - reminded me of a decent Merlot - burnt malt and UK hops, bitter and dry. Very bitter and burnt UK hop aroma, lots of toaty malt backing, long herbal-bitter finish. Average body, very astringent and carbonized moutfeel, bitter aftertaste - solid effort, I’d have it again .... I love the leathery character to this. mabel (10004) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2007
[398-20070704] Growler (c/o jerc, w/ him, tupalev). Toasty hops aroma. Clear, dark amber red body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Toasted malt grain flavour with medium alcohol. Medium-full body is quite rough. Bitter but interesting. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2007
Growler shared by Jerc and Mabel, thanks!!! Mahogany, small brownish head. Nice malty aroma - rich, earthy, and fresh. Taste - wow, very bitter brown ale (despite the category, i thought it was a brown ale when sampled). This is what corporal punishment by Scotch Irish used to taste like (in my mind anyway). Neat chocolaty linger in finish. Some roast as well. A really solid ale and another great addition to the Ontario scene, well done guys! DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2007
Aroma is a malty forefront, some pleasant hops follow, dark amber, good sized, long lasting custard head. Fine taste of malt, subtle bittering. Medium bodied, very well balanced, a pleasing bitter aftertaste. Terrific! Thanks R. Barnabus (52) - Niagara, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2008
Pours a reddish brown and has an enormous off-white, rocky head that lasts. The aroma is very malt-forward, with a touch of hops and pumpernickel. Medium body with soft carbonation. It starts slightly sweet and ends very acidic and bitter, almost too much so. It paired well with sausages and red-pepper.