Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 23, 2009
Bottle 341 ml Lubiere (14262) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2009
Appearance: amber with gold, rather smallish top, no lace noted
Nose: malted, with honey character, little to no hops
Flavor/Palate : Medium full bodied. Nutty sweet with caramel character . Not very complex. Why called cedar ? I failed to find hoppy cedar feel, not even woody ….
A hazed reddish amber ale with a very thin off white head. Aroma of dirty grain mash tun with light corn notes. In mouth, a light crisp grainy malt with very little hops or character. Very boring. Not infected. LCBO March 18 2009. Boutip (6628) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2009
Bottle: Poured a light copper color ale with an average size foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of grainy malt with no traces of hops or cedar noticeable. Taste is again dominated by some grainy malt. Not bad overall but just lacking character and no trace or supposed cedar aging or even close to resembling the style. ILduce (285) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2009
341ml bottle: light copper colour with a thin head. Smells nutty and grainy. Flavour includes caramel with a detectable cedar component. Finishes with a bitter and somewhat strange taste. Decent at best. DerWeg (1750) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 341 ml bottle from LCBO. Aroma faint grainy sweet. Rusty medium clear pour, fine head and carb Taste crisp malt profile accented with dry woodiness. Dry, nicely hopped finish, moderately long. Solid, lightly spritzy feel. Decently made beer!
jimmay (815) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2009
341 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours light coppery colour, with not much off white head. Aroma is not much, faint cedar/woody. Again, flavour is not much, grainy, with faint cedar/woody tate. Drinkable. gilvanblight (825) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2009
Deep orange pour with pretty much no head. Nutty warm scent. Nice flavour, not very strong. Rather good but nothing special. pootzboy (1824) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2009 Bottle: Pours a hazed light copper-gold ale in the glass...non existent head and no lacing, weak carbonation.
Aroma is almost undetectable...weak aromas of grains, some light sweetness some musty smells.
Tastes far better than it looks. Nice herbal-woody hop signature rides just on top of a malt profile that gets almost too sweet (sucrose adjunct?). Drying lightly bitter finish (cedar becomes barely detectable here) with a weird funky taste buried deep in the hop profile. I suspect this is the signature dirty yeast taste of this brewer that has been suppressed with a fresher than average LCBO sample.
None the less, credit where credit is due,.... this is a palatable ale. MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2009
Bottle from the LCBO- Deep mahogany pour has only a thin ring of white head. Nose of fruit, some cedar, caramel, vanilla, a bit nutty. Sweet nutty flavour profile has caramel and woody components with fruity, grassy finish.A bit thin overall. Pretty good, but only in small doses for me. pfriesen (125) - Richmond Hill, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2009
Beautiful reddish copper colour, with no head and no carbonation. Light aroma of cedar and dried currant. Buttery caramel moving to a drying, choke cherry like finish with a brief middle peachy middle thats more feel than taste. I feel I can sense the Trafalgar house flavour in the finish, but its so faint it might well be a trick of the brain.