Brewed by Hoyne Brewing
Style: English Strong Ale
Victoria, Canada


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
This lovely lady is luscious and full bodied, and like a Flamenco dancer, she is also a bit spicy. So be on guard: at 9% she can sneak up and overpower you!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (14165) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 7, 2017
Bottle - Dark sugars and caramel. Deep clear copper with a rich beige head. Rich and dark caramel sweetness with a touch of sweetness. Although nothing spectacular, this is a very good example of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (16263) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 14, 2016
650mL bottle, pours a hazy dark amber with a small white head. Nose brings out lots of English bready malt and toasted caramel. Flavour is along the same lines, with English bready malt, caramel and a touch of earthy notes. Certainly not the most complex for the style, but its decently balanced and structures. Bit of a boozy finish but in no way intrusive.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Lagerboy (2112) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
Gift wrapped bomber. Clear flat orangey copper, sparse tan foam fades fast. Odd aroma of Belgian fruitiness and baking spices. Taste is slightly fruitish, festive spices, lightly sweet lean pale c-malt, somewhat bland, boozy petrol towards the end. Softer carbonation, medium bodied, low hopped. It seems more time was spent composing the inane rhetoric on the label than on the crafting of the brew. The only gratitude expressed was when it was finally gone. Disappointing. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vadie (1255) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
Ruby trs fonc avec un petit col beige. Larme dune bire belge mais aussi les pices. En bouche cest le mme mais elle manque le corps dune belge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (6072) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 3, 2014
650ml bottle with a fancy paper wrap pours a deep amber color with a finger and a half of off-white head that leaves some spotty lacing behind. Aroma is cinnamon, all-spice and nutmeg with some caramel and light fruits. Taste is spicy with a light herbal hop bitterness with a light fruit and caramel malty sweetness. This brew is quite sweet, but still pretty interesting an tasty. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2014
Pale amber pour with a thin white head. The nose is lightly fruity - has a soft estery character and a touch of light fruity sweetness. Has a little bit of soft toffeeish character. Pretty nicely balanced English style ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
stantheman (990) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
A 650 ml paper wrapped bomber from Liquor Barn in North Burnaby. A darker amber beer with a bit of whitish head. Vaguely spicy on the nose. Taste-wise its somewhat fruity along the lines of Belgian strong ales, but this impression quickly gives way to spicy notes reminiscent of pumpkin ales. You know, the usual suspects; cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, anise et al. Pleasant enough, but not exciting.

So then...an American strong ale with pretensions of being a Belgian-style strong ale, i.e. fruity and spicy, but somehow lacking the requisite complexity. My impression is one of solid ingredients thrown together hastily. Nice try, Sean Hoyne, and I wish you much success in future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WheatKing (1329) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - MAR 13, 2013
Had this for a while because Ive got a backlog of high gravity bombers, have to drink them with friends and even then were often not in the mood. Reminded me a bit of the Vancouver Island DoughHead but better, too thin, but the red toasted caramel is at least there and blends fairly well with the spices. Not much alcohol, mild bitter finish blending with the spices. Thats about it. Love the packaging.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crit (3920) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2013
Sparkling amber, minimal head.Malts nose,hint of fruit.Tart fizzy palate,light malt mid,light spices with cherry notes.Full bodied Drinkable, but not memorable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (20063) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver
Dark amber color, clean, with medium sized compact head. It has mild aroma of caramel and Christmas spices, some sweet gingerbread. The mouthfeel is round, quite sweet, with caramel flavor and mild spices (cinnamon, maybe some nutmeg); the bitterness is relatively low.
Its correctly brewed, flawless, but I would prefer less Winter and more Warmer (less spice, more malt character).

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