Reviewed by Brady White on October 7, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide
- Brewery: Village Brewery
- Origin: Calgary, AB, CA
- Rated On: October 7, 2017
- Best Before: packaged September 8, 2017
- ABV: 4.9%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Northern English Ale
- Rating: GOOD !
This 330ml bottle pours a clear, dark orange-brick tinted brown colour, with four fat fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent splatter pattern lace around the glass as it gradually recedes.
It smells of toasted and bready caramel malt, some earthy nuttiness, day-old coffee grounds, a subtle black orchard fruitiness, and some well-understated leafy, herbal, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee thing, some free-agent ashiness, fresh bar-top nuts, bittersweet cocoa powder, an indistinct dark fleshy fruitiness, faint cafe-au-lait, and more gentle earthy, weedy, and floral ‘verdant’ hoppiness. The carbonation is adequate in its basic cable frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, with a mild airy creaminess seeping in once things warm up a tad out of the ol’ cellar fridge. It finishes off-dry, the complex malt and nutty notes hanging out way past last call.
Overall, this comes across as a rather well-made version of the style, nice and roasty and full-flavoured. The only thing that puzzles me is the claim to being a ‘true winter warmer’, when it boasts a sub-5 pointer ABV measure. I guess I’ll never understand marketing.