fiulijn (21506) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2016
Tasting at Matt’s, canOakes (19349) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2016
Amber color, poor head. Grain aroma, not good. But this beer achieves phenomenal results with the flavor, grains bag, caramel, a bit sour, skunky.
Dark brown-red colour. Not much head. Nothing but thin grains on the aroma. The taste is sort of this innocuous bland vaguely malty nonsense. Even by the standards of generic red ale, this is a waste of time. mcberko (19805) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2016
500mL can, pours a dark red with a small off-white head. Aroma brings out sweet cereal malts, bready notes and a touch of sweet caramel. Flavour is quite nasty, with sickly sweet medicinal notes, vegetal notes, and bready malt. This is really terrible. What the fuck were they thinking? Disgusting. jamestulloch (4415) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 24, 2016
Can from Loblaws. Clear amber body with a thin off-white head. Steady carbonation. No lacing. Aroma of brown sugar and stewed tea. Flavour of metal, caramel and wood. Thin body with a watery texture. Soft fizz. Nice balance and drinkability. UXO (1896) - CANADA - MAY 19, 2016
Appearance: clear red-tinged deep amber with one fat finger of fine ivory head, good retention and patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: caramel malt, grassy and earthy hops, wood and light smoke. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (6/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, medium duration mildly bitter and lightly smoky finish. (3/5)
Sorry, but I find it really hard to get excited about yet another middle-of-the road amber, distinguished only by the roasty malt tones coming through as slight smoke. Fair enough, that slight smokiness adds some depth, but it’s hard to call it “complexity” (and I’m not entirely sure it’s deliberate). A reasonably well-executed but ultimately boring beer. (12/20)
markas101 (2529) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2016
Can, Ann Arbor, MI via Mulmur. Clear deep copper, no head. Active carbonation. Metallic caramel aroma. Bittersweet, almost creamy, then strong caramel molasses. Hops come through at the end. BreWedge (560) - goose bay, Newfoundland, CANADA - FEB 14, 2016
341 ml bottle. Pours a clear light red with a small off white head. Aromas are sweet caramel and bready malts. Tastes are molasses and roastiness. Light carbonation, medium body, with an acidic bite that stretches out a while.
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Looks fine but tastes heavily roasted and has something that coats the palate, so the mouth feel is not enjoyable exeter (538) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 13, 2015
Pours a nice darker red colour with a thin head and a little lace. Taste is heavy on the malt, biscuity, nutty and sweetness. Not too bad BeerAndPonies (175) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 26, 2015
473 ml can from a sampler four-pack from Sobeys, in a pilsner flute. Pours a moderate reddish-amber with light carbonation and a slight mocha-tinged head that leaves rings and islands of lace.
(While checking color and carbonation with a flashlight, I pointed the light from behind the glass, and noticed that this ale is full of fine particulate. It leaves me wondering if my glassware has been clean enough lately, if I ought to be doing this every time to check beer for clarity and floaty bits, and/or if my OCD is making a return, as a new worry about "they’re putting dirt in my beer"...)
Aroma has a surprising amount of dusty flowery and herbal hops above the lightly toasty malt with a sweet citrus fruit spread. Flavor is earthy and peppery, the malt going from sweet to almost a bit savory, with the preserves-like citrus fruit rounding it out. A bit thick, with a clean, dry finish. Good, but could use some refinement.