This flavoured malt liquor from Molson Coors Canada is a bright, caramel-tinged golden colour and yields a small, loose white cap when poured that only lasts for a few seconds. Mad Jack Premium Apple Lager smells almost entirely of sweet apple juice from concentrate and bears little resemblance to anything even approaching any type of lager I’ve ever had.
The taste of Mad Jack Premium Apple Cider does have a subtle malt character, but it’s quickly buried under an overly sweet, drinking box-like apple flavour. Malic acid enhances the medium-bodied and lightly carbonated beverage’s moderately sour finish and the aftertaste brings forth a chemical tone that seems to dry out your tongue, despite it being coated by a syrupy film.
Oktoberfest Beer from Mill Street Brewery in Toronto, Ontario pours a slightly hazy, copper-tinged amber colour with a small but frothy white head that leaves a some minor lace and gets retained as a thin collar. This märzen smells of sweet, toasted malts and grains as well as mild floral hops, with an alcohol aroma that comes forward after warming.
The taste of Mill Street Oktoberfest Beer is very sweet and malt forward with a subtle roasted character and nutty accent. The lager is very thin for the style with mild carbonation, resulting in a somewhat slimy mouthfeel. The finish is moderately dry, with an earthy and slightly burnt aftertaste and a lingering syrupy feeling.
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from the Boston Beer Company in Massachusetts pours a very nice amber-ruby colour with a rather large off-white head that burns off quickly without leaving much lace, but gets retained as a fairly thick collar. This traditional German-style lager has a surprisingly hop-centric aroma over a solid base of caramel malts. There is some bread-like character and a hint of plum, but it’s kind of muted over all.
Samuel Adams Octoberfest tastes primarily of toasted caramel malts and has a brown bread quality. The beer has a nice balance between sweet and bitter, and a slight lemon zest character comes through in the dry finish. It is fairly thin-bodied with a medium carbonation level and a dry, syrupy resin feeling on the tongue. The aftertaste is bitter with a slight floral note.
Dunkel Buck from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill, Ontario pours a hazy nut brown colour with a rusty orange tone around the edges. A very frothy, tan-coloured head takes a while to burn off, leaving minimal lacing behind and a nice, thick collar and film.
This dark, strong and unfiltered German ale has strong fruit tones in its smell. Banana and bubble gum notes are joined by a plum or cherry-like smell and a hint of cloves. A honey-like sweetness and alcohol come though after warming.
The taste of Dunkel Buck follow suit with a slightly sweet, fatty banana flavour taking the lead. The beer is backed by a toasted wheat taste and a cocoa or roasted baker’s chocolate tone that fills out the body and lends a nice bitterness to the finish. The mouthfeel is quite creamy thanks to the long-lasting collar and sediment, while managing to not come off as too thick.
There is a low carbonation but a mild prickly sensation occurs on the tongue. The aftertaste is dry and tart, with a peppery note and the warming effects of the alcohol coming through on the back of the tongue and throat.
Fuller’s Extra Special Bitter from the Griffin Brewery in London, England is a rich ruby-amber coloured ale that produces a lingering, sponge-like head that laces your glass. This award-winning brew has a deep fruit and malt aroma with molasses undertones.
A two-malt, four-hop blend creates a rich biscuit-like taste that is punctuated by a bitterness reminiscent of baker’s chocolate. Fuller’s Extra Special Bitter finishes with warming peppery and spicy tones and has a very creamy mouthfeel from the start of your glass to the end.