sulawang (1155) - - JAN 12, 2016
Visual: Pours cola dark brown with a decent creamy dissipating head, a 1mm layer of retention with sticky lacing, clusters of fast streams.
Nose: sweet bread, toasted-light roasted malt. (lvl-6)-pungency
Attack: slick-crisp, half creamy-tingly
Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) dry piney & citrus tangy bitter hops, brown sugar, roasted barley malt
Finish: lingering sharp hoppy bitterness, roasted woody malt exhale, resiny finish.
Summary: A very drinkable balance of smooth entry, sharp bitter, and roasted malts. Good texture throughout. BeerAndPonies (171) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - APR 1, 2015
Single 341 ml bottle from Liquor Depot, served in a straight-sided goblet. Considering how beat-up the edges of the bottle appear, it might have been orphaned a while. I love the very craft-esque label, with hand-drawn art on not-glossy paper and definitions for the word "skookum" down the side. Pours a deep cola caramel with a huge tan head, leaving generous lacing. Aroma initially consists of herbal hops, like pasta sauce cooking spices, and something mushroom-like and earthy over a current of rye toast and faint sweet caramel. The flavor flips things around, and is mostly deep-roasted malts, cocoa nibs, and coffee beans, initially distractingly bitter, but then settling back to being just roasty, and with a hint of caramel, with the herbal hops lurking behind. Slightly thick, with a short bitter finish. A strange aroma profile, but a good imperial stout-like flavor. Definitely "skookum". MunBro (942) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 30, 2014
Not a bad Cascadian Brown Ale - nice bitter burst of citrus hops, but unfortunately something tasted off balance in the malts - almost a sharp metallic taste which was disjointed from the rest of the beer. ljthiessen (1326) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a ruby hue and frothy tan head. This tastes like a sessionable version of Puzzler; a little lighter, less roasty and less hoppy, but still that slight roasty bitterness with a balanced hoppy bite. Not bad. Palate is a touch watery, but still flavourful. Oldschool_Mike (368) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
Bottle into IPA glass. Pours a dark brown with an off white head. Aroma is piney and floral hops. Taste is grapefruity bitterness with a nice malty backbone. Excellent beer.
-- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10
LarryBeast (616) - - JUN 27, 2014
355ml bottle. Hadn’t had this in a long time and (as seems to happen) I didn’t love it quite as much this time around. Smoky burnt malt, molasses, cocoa, coffee, tin can, blend of west coast hops. Full-bodied, slick and earthy with great bitterness. Hammy78 (973) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark brown, white head that dies down fast and leaves a wall of lace. Nose is fresh and nutty, touch of hops. Tastes malty like a stout, hop bitter, a little chalky on the mouthfeel. simonblaine (576) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
Pours black, frothy head. Aroma of malt, coffee, chocolate. Taste is much the same, lovely strong beer full of flavour.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 22, 2013
Deep brown pour with tan head and good lacing throughout. Aroma is charred malts and citrus hops. flavour has coffee, toast, and is packed full with PNW hops. Lingering pine bitterness. bulldogops (2490) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 17, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2015 25.12.2014 - 341mL Bottle 18 in the 2014 Phillips Snowcase
Re-rate: Beer 19 in the Phillips Snowcase - no changes to deScription or scores.
341ml bottle from the Phillips HopBox mix pack from Coop. Pours a darker coffee brown with a bubbly tan head. Aroma is a violent clash between toasted malt, and citrus, grainy hops. Taste is extremely hoppy, tempered with a pleasant coffee, nut brown sweetness. But then again, I love black "pale" ales.