Heritage Black Currant Rye Ale

Kichesippi Beer Company
Formerly brewed at Heritage Brewing Limited

Style: Fruit Beer
Ottawa, Canada
Serve in Flute, Shaker


on tap


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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 2.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.62/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Seasonal winter beer from Heritage Brewery. In 2005, they brewed this using a lager base, but changed to an ale in 2006. The alcohol also increased from 4.5% to 5.5%.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (3371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2007
Bottle from an OCB media pack. 2007 version. Nice ruby colour with a good size pink head. Great balance of malt and sweet-tart fruit in the aroma. Medium bodied. Mild malt profile with a nice infusion of red currant. Sweet without being too sweet. Pretty nice stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2007
Bomber from the LCBO. Pours a dark, translucent, ruby but almost blood red, with a large pink fluffly head. Its actually pretty interesting looking, especially when held against some light. Aroma: Hops, oddly enough, and some black currant, what? No rye? Taste: Surprisingly good! Black currant, followed by a small sour bite, with nice malts in there, perhaps pils malts or something typically used for lagers because I can taste straw and a little sweet dough. Theres some nice hop flavour in the finish as well. The aftertaste is nice and tasty, again the hay and straw Id expect from a well made malty lager are evident. Seems like a pretty decent beer to me. Maybe its been tweaked a bit since some of the lower ratings were given. Its a tad on the sweet side, but usually Im pretty sensitive to overly sweet beer, and I can still drink this. I like the label on the bottle too, cool and pleasant looking. I really do like Heritage/Scotch Irish Brewing, and I really wish I could have more beers from them available to me in the K-W area.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pootzboy (1696) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2007
This beer has been totlly retooled in 2007 and deserves a re rate Pours an darker copper red with shimmering ruby high lights..tight pored 1 finger caps lasts well and laces the glass. Sweet aromas are gone and in their place this brew gives spicey malty tones with tart berry fruit under tones. Flavor is typical of Rye beers upfront; grainy-spicey then the fruity tones kick in but NOT over powering nor sweet...tart berry and citrus hops meld well in the center and the finish is clean spicy-fruity bitter-tart and clean. Very drinkable in this state and recommended a top flight fruit ale...actually now one of the better ones in the Ontario market

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2008
LCBO bottle purchase- Hazy pink/red pour with a frothy light pink cap. Nice lace too. The nose is quite fruity. Cherries and currants with cotton candy and fruit punch. Currants are up front and are sweet, but balanced with a tart cherry presence, and some raspberry jam. Sweet, but not a sugar bomb like I expected. I wouldnt want a lot of this at once, but it is pretty nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2008
Draught @ West 50, Mississauga, ON: Noticed this new offering today at lunch and grabbed a pint. Came cherry in colour, decent and disconcerting off-pink head. Lacing was quite good from top to bottom. Aroma was very sweet, cherries, black currants (duh!), and grapefruit. Flavour is milder than I thought off the aroma, nice and malty with excellent balanced hopping and a muted tart/fruity background. Much better than Id expected, and a good offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (10072) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 18, 2007
Bought at the downtown Kingston LCBO on a brief visit before we head off to Mexico. Dark mahogany brown, clear, with a modest light brown head with poor retention. Huge berry-fruit aroma with bready undertones and a little sweet spice. Syrupy sweet fruit-cordial up front, but there is greater depth here in the form of dark bready malts and a very mild bitterness in the finish. Once again, this is a little too sweet to warrent a re-purchase, but having said that I enjoyed the whole 650ml bottle more than expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
can8ianben (1530) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2008
A purpleish head floats on a ruby beer. A nice plesant fruity yeasty aroma comes out of the glass, not much else going on in the flavour. Its mostly fruit, but a faint grain backbone is also present. Its not a rich malt, I guess that can be atributed to the rye? Ive got nothing to compare that to.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mullet2007 (209) - St. Johns, Newfoundland, CANADA - DEC 6, 2008
Pours a lovely deep burgundy to red colour with a nice thick pink head that dissipates reasonably quickly. Nose is very fruity, but also spicy. I think the spice that you smell is the rye, but I am not positive. The fruity smell is probably currants, but I do not really know what they smell like. Flavour is very sweet and very fruity. In the finish it is a little bit dry for a second, and you can taste a bit of the spicy rye, but it is mostly fruity and sweet. There is a hint of sourness there, but not very much. Feels pretty ok in the mouth though. Not bad for a fruit beer, but not something I would want to drink a lot of.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2007
Reddish-brown with short head and great lacing. Okay, this is a tough call. There is obviously a lot of brewing competence behind this beer, in that the flavours of dry currant and woody rye really come out with no strange aftertaste and a fairly pure, organic quality. But it is far too sweet and syrupy to make it truly enjoyable in the long term -- what joker decided to stick this in a bomber? Plus the funky smell is a bit off-putting, although the rusticness grows on you. Not much other than sugar and a bit of metal, and a jammy fruitiness overall. Still, fairly unique and tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2007
650 mL bottle. Clear but dark ruby with a small, short-lived pink head. Malty-fruity aroma - not as sweet as expected. Theres actually a hint of sourness. The flavour is mild, and the body is light. It is not too sweet, at least when cold. Something, a little spicy, comes through at the end - the rye? Quite malty - the fruit is certainly not overly intrusive. Not much finish. It could actually use a little more sourness, and a little more carbonation.

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