Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2004
650ml bottle. A mahogany-red ale that pours with a foamy, light brown head that dissipates quickly. Sweet, malty, lightly earthy aroma with a dark fruitiness and some hop character in the background. Medium body, softly carbonated. Full, malty, fruity flavour—plums and oranges come to mind—with a moderately dry finish that reveals a gentle bitterness. You can’t help but feel that it’s missing something extra. Good, but not quite fully satisfying. JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAY 22, 2004
Dark amber body, creamy white head approx. 4 cm thick. Smells of sugar, malt, and dark fruits. Watery taste, bitter hops, toffee and lots of malt; grapes, prunes, plums, etc. Not very good nor distinctive. Purchased at LCBO in Toronto, CA and was not necessarily worth the smuggling back to Virginia. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2004
Poured a deep brown colour; fizzy decent sized head. Not much aroma to speak of, what was there was rather malty/nutty. Slightly bitter, deep sweet malty taste, short finish that could have used a little more bite (hops). Overall, I was surprised at how good this was. It was darker than I expected, the alcohol was there but balanced nicely. Another good beer from Wellington and probably their best from the bottle. JoeMcPhee (9549) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2004
Small light tan head that quickly disappears. Dark brown colour. Big fruity aroma is immediately apparent with plums, raisins, cherry, and red grapes appearing. Faint spiciness and candi sugar are also here over the roasted malt backbone. On the first taste, I get most of the fruitiness that the smell led me to expect and some nuttiness as well. Light sweetness and just enough bitterness to finish it all off. Another tasty brew from Wellington County Brewery. MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
Wow, what a suprise. I thought thsi would be good, but not this good. Pours a chestnut brown body with a smaller sized caramel coloured head. Aroma is very hoppy (cascade) with some roasted malt undertones present. taste is bitter nuttiness, with a complex sweetness I cannot grasp. Leaves a nice bite in the throat, with a smooth front. Incredible.
Sammy (12760) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
promise of nutty brown flavour. Liked it in place of a rum or scotch during the meal, though it was just OK to my friends. I would try it next time in place of a late afternoon cocktail to get the appetite going. Alcohol present but not overpowering. jgb9348 (6478) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2004
Slightly hazy brown coloured body with a thin off-white head-fairly standard looking. Aroma of raisins, caramel, soap and a bit of malt-not too impressive. Medium-bodied; Strong burnt sugar flavour ranging from toffee to caramel with some hints of hops and a subtle bitterness. Overall, a decent beer-not as good as the Imperial Stout, but worth trying. I sampled this from a 65 cL bottle purchased at the LCBO in Toronto, Ontario (Queen’s Quay) brought back by JonR888710-thanks Jon! Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2004
Poured a dark brown colour with a weak tan head. Smelled slightly tangy. The head, though short-lived, provided lovely lacing down the side of my glass. First mouthful was of molasses, and warmed me to the toes, although the beer was from the fridge. It had a certain alcohol presence, but got chewier towards the middle. Maybe I took too long to finish it, but by the end it wasn't what I thought. Still execellent, and I'm sure would be better if I were to drink it "sessionaly". beerhugger (572) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2004
Relatively mild malty aroma comes out of a beautiful ruby red to brown body. Wish it had some more hops hiding in there but still, the malty sweetness makes this one an ale worth trying. pootzboy (1803) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2004 Re-evaluated 26/07/04
Poured a clear deep red cola color, mildly effervescent, the cap lasted a very short life but the lace andring then hang in for the ride
Subtle smells of raisins, fruits and sweet malt odors....slight hint of nutty-spice.
Taste...not as complex as I've been lead to believe but a really well carafted ale. Starts a with a real rich mouth full of dried fruit- malts up front..full bodied... raisin bread malty tones with some spice tastes...but it does lack the sharp hop astringency in the finish some crave...but that's ok by me...I like it....finish is long with a sweet- sour -bready after taste and a mild alcohol discernment. The whole swallow comes off as tastfully sweet, rich without hop over balance and with a nice alcohol warming in the finish... Has become a standard ale of mine. ...great brew!
True hop heads may be not be able to dig deep into this one....but for me...I like it as a drinkable brew...a micro ale that doesn't make you endure rough edges to get your hop hit at the expence of a great pronounced blend of malts.