Oakes (18472) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
Dark reddish-amber; light toffeeish flavour w/ some brown sugar notes. Sweetish finish. Not particularly bruising for a strong ale, but it's a nice little apres-ski mellower. Lubiere (14133) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2006
Red copper brown ale with a thin white head. Pleasant vinous aroma, with notes of prunes, and vanilla toffee. In mouth, butterscotch assails you, buttery character, with fruity esters, I agree with plum, and a medium bodied. Not much to say here, though, found the buttery aspects a bit off-puting. DuffMan (10596) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 13, 2006
This 2006 batch is the first to ever be sold in Alberta, thanks to Dave at Willow Park for bringing it in! Dark brown, clear, modest tan head that recedes fairly quickly. Aromas of toast and brown sugar with a mild smoky element. The roasted malt really is apparent on the palate, but the beer comes off as being quite thin in the end. Not bad though. JoeMcPhee (9515) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2005 RERATE: 2004-5 vintage. Dark brown with thick beige head. Sweet malty aroma, brown sugar and toasty aromas. Flavour is quite sweet, brown sugar, caramel, and a hint of coffee. Light earthy notes throughout. Although I didn’t much care for it a year ago, it seems to be much better this year.
1st rating: Dark brown with a very small beige head. Doesn’t really smell like much of anything. Feels very thin in the mouth and has a bit of sweet malt and molasses with a short slightly hoppy finish. I thought that this had very little flavour for a winter ale and I wouldn’t recommend it. Suttree (6484) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2006
I considered doing a back to back tasting with Cottonwood Endo, for a "Beers named after accidents that cause massive facial injuries" themed pairing, but ultimately decided against it. Mainly because that would be silly. Anyhoo, This one is cloudy brown, with a very thin beige head. Toasty, spicy aroma, with a whiff of cinnamon. Maybe some German chocolate, as well. Flavor is vaguely cola-ish at first, and then some molasses and spice, with notes of pepper, too. I also get a hint of rum that becomes more pronounced as it warms. Plus there is this odd but not unpleasent note of pecan pie, too. Thanks to Oakes for the trade.
reebtogi (6341) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 22, 2012
341ml bottle pours brown in color with a finger of off-white head that settles quite quickly and leaves only a small amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted grains and chocolate with an interesting blend of spice. Taste is a chocolate malty sweetness with some roasted bitterness followed up with a leafy hop bitterness. This is a very well done brew that is nice and tasty. TimE (6067) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 22, 2004
A nice reddish brown color. A nose of tobacco, coffee and toffee, the body has little hops and subtle hints of bubblegum, chocolate, fig, toffee with a complex malt finish. CapFlu (5129) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 14, 2006
(Bottle) Purchased at the Fairfield Plaza, Victoria, BC Liquor Store. Pours a thin, tan head with an orange body. Nose and flavour of toasted brown sugar, nutmeg, caramel and doughy supermarket rolls. Its a tad thin in texture but a decent enough beer for the holidays. presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2006
Dark copper but thin looking beer. Thick head is gone faster than you can write "Thick head". Thin aroma with roasted notes and caramel but a little stale or flat. Zesty light body. Similar to the aroma. Some dark spice and woody notes. A bit of a peppery woody finish is the best part of the beer. A little mild and thin of body for my liking. tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2009
Dark malts, sugary sweetness, some corn in the nose. Clear brown body is topped by a decent off white-tan head that recedes rather quickly to a partial cover and ring with some lacing. Brown sugar sweetness. is offset by dark malts with plenty of hop bitterness. Lasting toasted malts in the aftertaste. Medium body with quite strong carbonation that prickles the tongue and cheeks. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Can purchased at the BCLS at Hellsgate in Apr-09.