superspak (6104) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2017 nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, - DEC 6, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown colour, dull head. Sharp and mettalic flavours make this pretty regular beer; lacks the fruitiness required. Draught.
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2017 11.5 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/16/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red/light brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down that glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, floral, and grass; with lighter notes of chocolate, coffee, toffee, pepper, raisin, plum, apple, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, floral, and grass; with lighter notes of chocolate, coffee, toffee, pepper, raisin, plum, apple, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/grassy/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, light chocolate/coffee, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from hop/roast bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a nice English brown ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. There was a bit of an odd stale grain note going on, but this was really spot on for the style otherwise. A nicely enjoyable offering. Tranquillity (2534) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2017
Bottled. Dark body with an even beige head. The aroma is very malty and roasted. The taste is quite strong but slightly bitter. Very unbalanced. sawyerpc15 (170) - Bowser, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 7, 2016
Tried the blind taste test and it had similiar taste to Guinness but was not as thick and creamy as that. Good flavour. Sirus (11) - - OCT 16, 2014
More of a brown than a dark ale. Taste is not as heavy as you would expect. The best description is restrained and balanced. Nice hints of fruit, nut and hop mix. I enjoy this beer. jksipa (1022) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2014
Clear dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Nose is roasted nuts with light coffee and chocolate. Light sweet with a light bitter middle and an acidic finish. Light medium mouth with soft carbonation.
RhetoricalAns (973) - Red Deer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 15, 2014
Dark amber brown pour with very little head. Mainly just a sweet malt taste, some hops but not prominent. Medium thin body. kevinsenn (2294) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2013
Bottle. This is actually an acceptable brown ale; decent chocolate character. Clear and dark brown. Better than other "discount brand" dark ales; okay for the price. Ontbeertaster (3208) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle, pours dark amber red, aroma is nutty, flavour has a bit nut, a bit coffee, a bit toffee, and overall kind of heavy but it was drinkable jkoch (50) - USA - JUN 16, 2013
Malty, very little hop presence. Decent session ale, but I wouldn't go out of my way to have it again.
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This is the first Canadian beer I had on my trip to Toronto in 2013. I drank this on the suggestion of my hosts in Toronto when we went to a Thai restaurant. It wasn’t particularly tasty. It was rather mild, dark in color, with a subtle brown sugary sweetness.