This flavoured porter from Mill Street Brewery in Toronto, Ontario is a deep, ruby-hued brown with a very frothy, nitro-charged beige head that settles as a persistent cap and leaves large swaths of lace as you drink. Mill Street Vanilla Porter has an appetizing blend of aromas including chocolate, coffee, roasted barley malt, berry and of course vanilla.
The taste of Mill Street Vanilla Porter is chocolate-forward with notes of dried dark fruits like plum, raisin and cherry and a subdued vanilla flavour. This ale is full-bodied, rich, grainy and slightly viscose, with very little carbonation aside from the head. There is a moderate bitterness on the tongue that lingers throughout the aftertaste along with a warm, woody tone.
This wet hopped American pale ale from Amsterdam Brewing Company Limited in Toronto, Ontario is a hazy golden colour with orange tinges and has a medium-sized, loose white head that gets retained as a thin cap and leaves small streaks of lace on your glass. Autumn Hop Harvest Ale has a peppery smell, with strong notes of citrus zest and pine set against a toasted grain backing.
The taste of Autumn Hop Harvest Ale also has a peppery overtone. Roasted, chocolaty grains anchor lemon, mango and pine flavours. This ale has a fairly thin mouthfeel, is grainy on the tongue and quite viscose throughout. The finish is crisp and moderately bitter, with lemon oil and orange pekoe tea flavours in the aftertaste.
The Wayward Son from Radical Road Brewing in Toronto, Ontario is light amber in colour with tinges of old gold and a loose, but creamy white head that tends to leave thick swathes of lace and settles as a thin but frothy collar. This Belgian strong pale ale is matured in Ontario sourced pinot noir wine barrels and has a pungent smell. Sour, rotting apple and grape tones converge with candi sugar-sweetened malts converge to create an air of apple crisp or rhubarb pie. Hints of yeast and pine contribute to an overall outdoorsy character.
The taste of The Wayward Son brings to mind a union of fresh, crusty white bread, red wine and a honey-soaked bran muffin. The ale has a yeasty and creamy mouthfeel with mild viscosity and carbonation. Mildly sour crab apple and grape notes create a dry finish while a juicy hint of the pinot noir barrels lingers in the back of the throat.
Moroccan Brown Ale from Spearhead Brewing Company Limited in Toronto, Ontario is nut brown in colour, with streaks of rust and ruby and a small tan coloured head that leaves small spots of lace and hangs around as a tight collar and cap. This fruit and spice infused American brown ale has a very inviting blend of fruitcake, raisin, hazelnut, roasted coffee and freshwater aromas.
The blend of dark fruits used in the brewing of Moroccan Brown Ale is at the forefront of its taste and the fig, date and raisin flavours are deftly tied together by a touch of cinnamon. A warm and dry chocolaty tone encapsulates the finish, with the dryness persisting throughout the aftertaste along with a shiraz-like red wine flavour. This ale is fairly thin and low in carbonation, but also carries mild oily and grainy characteristics.
This American IPA from Kensington Brewing Company in Toronto, Ontario is a ruby-tinged amber colour with a large tan head that leaves a thick web of lace before settling as a small collar and mossy film. Baldwin FishEYE-PA has a rich smell packed with aromas of berries, tropical fruits like mango and pineapple, notes of caramel and dark grains and a hint of chocolate.
The taste of Baldwin FishEYE-PA is very well-rounded, grainy and decidedly thick with caramel and berry flavours while putting forth a moderate bitterness. This ale is full-bodied, mildly carbonated and very oily feeling. A dry chocolate character in the finish reminds me of a coffee liqueur and dark toffee while the aftertaste takes on a flavour not unlike lemon oil.
Conductor’s Craft Ale from Junction Craft Brewing in Toronto, Ontario is a light amber colour with golden streaks. Its moderate off-white head leaves cascading lace that is met by a small collar that appears to climb your glass. This English and American-influenced pale ale with a German twist has thick toffee, berry and raisin aromas with warm floral and lemon juice accents.
The taste of Conductor’s Craft Ale is anchored by a distinct chocolate flavour, a strong, prune-like fruit tone and a very grainy base. A hint of light red berries and a nectarous floral note lead to an earthy finish with moderate bitterness and a light, lemony citrus flavour that lingers in the aftertaste. This ale has a full body and low carbonation that lead to a mouthfeel that is equal parts creamy, grainy and oily.