Mill Street Spring Thaw Maple Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on March 25, 2015 in Spring Guide
- Brewery: Mill Street Brew Pub
- Origin: Toronto, ON, CA
- Rated On: March 25, 2015
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 5.3%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Scottish Ale
- Rating: GOOD !
This 355ml bottle pours a clear, dark brassy amber colour, with two fingers of mildly bubbly, loosely foamy, and somewhat creamy dirty beige head, which leaves a few mitochondrial specks of lace around the glass as it quickly settles. Looks like Scottish ale to me.
It smells of sweet, mildly roasted biscuity caramel malt, a soft stewed drupe fruitiness, subtle woody maple esters, oily nuts, and faint leafy, earthy hops. The taste is more sugary and biscuity pale malt, a touch of caramel/toffee, some light dry nuttiness, the slightest twinge of peaty smoke, and weedy, earthy hops. The bubbles are present and accounted for, and maybe a wee bit frothy, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, that bit of virtual ash distracting at times. It finishes well off-dry, the bready caramel malt, nuttiness, and near-faded fruitiness finally coming to face a late-arriving, clearly discernible, but still agreeably acrid smokiness.
I don’t know where the maple syrup all went, maybe it was just fermented out, so it was nice to get a dose of the label’s proclaimed smoky character, even so late in the game. Anyways, a tasty enough tipple, and the wee wisp of smoke is enough to shift this one from decent amber ale to the more appropriate Scottish ale designation.