Brewed by Molson Breweries (MolsonCoors)
Style: Premium Lager
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Lager glass


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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.74/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Specially aged with lightly toasted Oak, weve carefully crafted this festive seasonal to capture the warmth of an old, iron-stove Oakhouse. With subtle hints of vanilla and a deep amber hue, this rich winter lager is ideal alongside succulent stew or piping hot roast. All you need now is plenty of firewood. And matches.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (13271) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
A hazed amber ale with a thin off white head. In aroma, sweet caramel malt with light oaked notes, vanilla, not bad. In mouth, a nice sweet caramel malt with light vanilla, oak, decent. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (10145) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
2012-12-30. Crisp dark yellow, small off-white head. Dry woody, oaky aroma, smells a bit like the barrel room at a winery minus the fruit of the wine, muted malt. Flavour is similarly oak dominant, dry vaguely tannic and vanilla wood notes, muted sweet pale malt and whispers of caramel in with the woody vanilla. Very light bitterness. Average bodied palate. It reminds me of Innis & Gunn a bit in that it is a fairly light beer with prominent oak aging, similarly I find that there is not enough of anything else to balance the oak. I am pretty impressed that this came from Rickards and it is relatively drinkable, but it is very much not to my own taste. Bottle via GregClow

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DuffMan (9920) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 21, 2013
Botle. Medium blonde body, average white head. The aroma is softly oaky, not overbearing, with underlying cereals. Pale malt backbone with assertive woody oak that does not overpower. Much more balanced than Innis & Gunn oaked lagers, with less sweetness and a drier finish. Dont get me wrong-- it did not "wow" me, but if youre going to oak a beer made with pale malts, then this is the better way to go (i.e. tone down the oak).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2014
Pale amber colour, lightly hazed, with a thick white head. The nose is softly sweet with some faint malt sweetness and a little bit of vanilla. Simple structure but not too sweet. A touch of caramel and some woody bitterness. Decent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mabel (8652) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
[5036-20121230] 341mL bottle. Woody oak chips and toasted straw aroma. Clear, orange brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Tons of wood sweet oak in the flavour, it kind of obliterates anything else (which may be a blessing, sorry). Medium body. Glad to sample. (4/3/4/3/8) 2.2
(c/o GregClow, w/ jercraigs)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
czar (8547) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2012
pours light golden with a decent white head, some retention and lacing. seems to be some decent pale malts with a slight toastiness, but this brew is overshadowed by plenty of oak pellets, strange australian white wine vanilla. some sweetness too - almost cloying for a lager. and something spicy. almost aggressive carbonation, light body, somewhat decent grassy but relatively short finish. glad a colleague gave me a sample - one good thing about christmas parties. overall: like a cheap australian white wine but not that offensive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blankboy (7482) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2012
Bottle [341ml] c/o GregClow. Pours a deep, very bubbly yellow-gold with a large lasting fluffy off-white head. Aroma of Molson yeast, grain, caramel malt and hints of wood and vanilla. Flavours less subtle then I expected after that aroma, with the wood and vanilla more prominent (though still light) along with caramel malt, a hint of spice and some grain. Somewhat light bitter finish. Average bodied. Honestly, for a Rickards its not bad, its not very good, but its not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (7299) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2013
Bouteille de 12 oz achete chez Maxi (Saint-Lonard, QC). Arme: Lgre odeur de caramel avec une pointe boise. Apparence: La couleur est dore avec une faible densit de bulle. Prsence dun moyen col mousseux et dune fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Lger got de caramel et dpices avec une pointe de vanille. Dure moyenne de larrire got. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture lgrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Lgre prsence dpices en arrire got. (Rating #4671)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (7257) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 30, 2013
Where and how: LCBO , can 473 ml
Aroma mild oak notes on fruity backing, soft nice refined notes, touch of biscuit.
Appearance :
Top: large, fine white cap with very nice lace on glass.
Base: fine haze on amber gold.
Palate : medium bodied, medium carbonation, thinner finish.
Taste: mellow mid with drier sides. Mellow yet noticeable oak character. Nicely blended. Hints of vanilla and biscuit malts.
Other notes genuine effort from Molson.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HogTownHarry (6381) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2012
341ml bottle c/o G. Amberish clear gold with a huge foamy off-white fairly long-lasting head. Yup - oak; sweet grainy oak - the taste is simple and decent, floral vanilla with a faint mineral tang, the aroma is a wee bit vegetal. Slick, average body, weak carbonation, a somewhat cloying finish - not bad, not great.

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