5 Fingers

Brewery: Nita Beer Company (Ottawa) Type: Brown Ale ABV: 5.5% IBU: 40 Thoughts:  It pours a gorgeous bright brown and settles into a deep chestnut.  Very good looking.  It has some nice head retention.   Little smell- a very un-intimidating aroma. The original mouthfeel is lively with some bubbles which are gone in one swish.  It ends up coming…

Nut Brown Ale

Brewery: Amsterdam Brewing Company (Toronto) Type: Nut Brown Ale ABV: 5.0% Review:  Pours almost jet black.  Has a small cream coloured head, it looks like a huge espresso if I’m honest. If this is a brown ale they mean chestnut brown.  Slightly more bubbly than I expected from the colour.  It is medium thick- the head stuck around so I…

Trappiste Rochefort

Brewery: Rochefort Brewery, in association with Rochefort Abbey Type: Brown Ale (Trappist) ABV: 9.2% (!) Appearance / Aroma / Body: The beer pours quite delicately and appears rich and creamy, with a medium to thick body. Its smells absolutely beautiful; both soft and sweet. It holds a flowery characteristic – not like hops but more like sweet, fragrant lilacs….

‘Trad’

Brewery: Big Rock Brewery (Calgary) Type: English Brown Ale ABV: 5% Thoughts:  Nice dark Amber colour.  Unappealing looking head.  No smell, pours kinda thickly.  It is caramelly, earthy, nutty?  All these things but only a bit, none of them are overbearing.  It’s got a smokey aftertaste.  More malt than hop.  It’s okay, wouldn’t want more…

Nut Brown Ale

Brewery: Black Oak Brewing Company Ltd. Type: Brown Ale ABV: 5.0% Thoughts: The first moments of the sip are met with some carbonation and bitterness, and this is common for almost half the glass until you get desensitized to it. Through the middle of the mouthful the bitterness subsides and gives way to a subtle raisin/malt flavor, something I’ve…

Royal George Brown Ale

Brewery: Barley Days Brewery Type: Brown ABV: 5.5 Taste: Typical brown ale with a slight sweetness towards the end. Also fairly creamy.