Radek Kliber (7363) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 1, 2008
On tap at Volo , Toronto GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2008
Appearance: Tea like with light hint of ruby , mid bone like creamy head noted. 3+
Nose: Ripe fruity aroma with light alcohol feel on top. Plums with brown malts , light hop side. 5+ .
Flavor/Palate : Sweet brown sugars , highly mineral , rustic. Caramel with slight hoping. A bit nutty mid finish ( a la light Alt). Average.
Growler sample at 2008 Golden Tap Awards. Aside from being more copper-red in colour, this beer is pretty close to their Amber in character - similar caramel, fruit and grain notes; similar mild hops; similar simple, balanced, pleasant flavour. Makes me wonder why they’re making both of them, to be honest. HogTownHarry (6925) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2008
Draught. At BeerBistro - 2008 Golden Tap Awards. Bright light copper pour, average off-white head. Sot of odd herbal/butterscotch caramel aroma, very sweet. The taste followed - very sweet, somewhat light, with a slight grassiness in the quick finish. Sticky, light body, slick and somewhat still, no real aftertaste - again with this series, just okay, this one didn’t say "homebrew" to me at least (see the Amber) but a tad lower than the blonde. mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2008
[1623-20080823] Bottle. Weird dried flower powder aroma. Clear, amber red body with a quick foamy off-white head. Mild grainy floral malt flavour has a sweet fruity finish. Light-medium body. Drinkable, enjoyable finish.
jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2008
(2008 GTA’s @ beerbistro; Toronto, ON)
2008-08-23. Copper dark amber body with a decent foamy beige head. (3+) Fruity aroma has a dusty malt note, has an odd note too it - floral? tangy? that is not unpleasant but a bit strange. Fruity character continues in the flavour and is the main profile, sweet malt with caramel touches in the supporting role. Smooth average plus palate. Quaffable but does not do much to distinguish itself in a crowd. Growler, Golden Tap Awards, Toronto
tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2008
Had at volo, copper color, some small beige head, nose is sweet, with some fruit and some kind of esters. flavor is odd again fruity, estery, with some odd sweetness and a bitter finish , nice to see a new brewery tryin things. Sammy (12210) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2008
Plastic bottle, fresh at the brewery. A step up from the blond in colour and malt, but slightly less hop noticed. A malt job. A little crowning head. Appropriately carbonated. A touch of chocolate, but unremarkable. blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2008
Draught at Volo. Pours a clear orange-amber with an average size diminishing frothy white head. Very mild aroma of pale malt, fruit and oddly, a hint of sourness. Flavour’s watery, sweet and fruity along with caramel malt and a light bitter finish. Depending on my options it’s not something that would be first on my list to try again as It’s somewhat dull. Still, there’s nothing wrong with it per se, I would happily drink it if I had to. MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 A decidedly rusty amber, pours a thick and frothy beige head.
In the nose, caramel malts meet toasty spices. I get a lot of chestnut here. There’s a nice fruity component still, where as before it was apples, now it is leaning towards plum. The nose is also quite biscuity. Overall, the aroma has improved compared to last time I noted this beer.
Tastes of sweet caramel, some butterscotch. A good level of biscuit graininess follows with fruit, some vanilla/rye/spices. This one has always come accross as spicy, and I think it is quite nice. Nice hop bite comes mid palate and lasts. This seems hoppier than the last time I took notes.
Medium/Full body, creamy with marked lasting fruity and bitter hoppy aftertaste. This is no longer thin as it used to be. A nice improvement