robinvboyer (4683) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2013
750ml bottle from the LCBO.
Pours a little lighter than i expected. A tad hazy, mahogany/amber, with a big beige head. The aroma is quite nice, and complex. First thing is a big dose of peat, and smoke. Wow, you can really smell the Whiskey. The malts are still there, and they blend so well with the peat, and smoke, touches of sausage too. The carbonation is soft, and the mouth feel is spot on. The alcohol is very well hidden. The finish is super satisfying, loads of smoke, and peat, the whiskey is the star of this beer. The barrel, and wood makes an appearance in the finish. An absolute perfect blend of scotch ale and whiskey barrel. This is what Unibroues’ Raftman wishes it was. GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2013
Bottle from the LCBO with very nice packaging. Pours a slightly hazy brown with a WHOLE LOT of head. Smell is scotch, peat, and some fruity hops, very nice. Palate is on the lighter side of medium bodied with average carbonation. Taste is just slightly sweet overall, the real taste is in the back of your throat where you can really get the whisky and the smokeiness plus some good alcohol burn. Nice one for the style but maybe a bit over the top. d07c0m (126) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2013
Massive scotch aroma with a heavy peat zing. Pours a beautiful dark amber with a huge, billowy, thick and stable head. Tastes like it smells, loads of scotch up front with medium bitterness and a very pleasant malty sweetness. While the scotch dominates it doesn’t overwhelm the malty, ever-so-slightly chewy ale beneath it. A welcome surprise to the Ontario beer scene. pootzboy (1739) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2013
750ml corked/caged bottle with fancy wrapping paper and awesome graphic tags. First impression was this "shore is a purdy bottle" - bet the brew isn’t fit for skunks - how wrong I was. Inside that arty package was a hazy deep amber unfiltered ale with a massive cap that lasts and champagne-like effervescence from bottle conditioning. Big burley aroma fills the room with a pungent smoky-malty sweetness. Hopping is moderate but efficient and there is a nice fruitiness riding below the caramel malt and smokiness. I think this brew gets most of its smokiness from the scotch whiskey barrel as it was stronger in aroma than in the flavor profile. This is a big robust ale with the sweetness and smokiness held in check by wonderful malt complexity, fruity esters and a decent drying in the finish from good yeast attenuation. This is a world class effort from the brewers and a joy to sip on. solidfunk (8965) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 1, 2013
Lots of smoked peat evident here. Pours dark brown with good head and some lacing. Aroma of peat unbalances the rest but there’s still some oak from the barrel and whiskey here. Booze quite evident as well. Consistency slightly syrupy but good. Pretty low carbonation. Finishes bitter with light sugar water sweetness. Ok but a little expensive for me. Bottle.
kevinsenn (2215) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013
Bottle from LCBO. Pours hazy and amber-brown, with a 1/2 inch head. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, campfire and whisky. Taste is whisky and gasoline with a nice caramelly ale in the background. Nice smooth body. Not QUITE for me, but that’s because I’m not a fan of whisky. I’d recommend this to anyone who likes whisky or whisky-barrel-aged beer. TylerJonScott (69) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2013
Pours a murky dark copper colour with a medium head tinted of orange. Woody and smokey aromas. Huge taste of wood and peat. Sweetness balances the smokiness. Strong alcohol taste. Good character. Packaging is a bit over the top. terrybail (704) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2013
750ml botlle shared with Steve And Dave
Didn’t think i was going to like this as much as i do
Due to the smokey aroma but it is has very nice balance between the smokiness and the sweetness jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2013
750 ml bottle from LCBO, sweet paper wrapper, neck tag. Cork and cage, cork almost shot out when cage removed. Bottle fermentation! Pours deep brown in colour, big tan head. Aroma here is big and peaty, the scotch casks doing their job. Relatively sweet wee heavy underneath. Huge beer, especially for scotch lovers! Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2013
Bottle, Embrun LCBO. This is quite a bit of expensive looking packaging for a brand new brewery! Once I eventually got inside, it poured a murky dark copper with a big frothy orange tinted head. Pleasant aroma of smoke, caramel sweetness, dry dusty wood, and some alcohol. Taste - whoa, there is a ton of wood and smoke here. Way more on the wood I would say - I have never really tasted anything like this! Hits you right off the bat and stays through the end. Medium foamy body, lots of ear burning alcohol present as well. This is a made for splitting bottle. I really enjoy the taste but I am not sure how much of this I could drink in one sitting. Huge beer and unique. Going to have to think about this one a bit more. Nice first effort folks - this is a special occasion, share sort of purchase.