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Neustadt 10w30 - Neustadt Springs Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%


Brewed by:
Neustadt Springs Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A traditional dark English Mild. The term mild meaning “not bitter” does not refer to strength. Using pure natural spring water, New Zealand hops and imported specialty malts. Giving rich malt and light nut aromas and mellow malt and good hop notes to the palate. A smooth and easy drinkable ale.

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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A dark cherry brown with a fair head which held alright for the duration of the drink. Very nice carbonation. Some good lacing as well.

S- Very sweet with noticable caramel. Dark malts for the most part. A bit light.

T- Sweetness hits you immediately. Notes of cocoa seem to stick for the first 30 seconds and is slowly subdued by caramel.

M- Medium body. Feels pretty right on the tongue. A bit sticky. Pretty creamy.

D- Easy to down, and a pretty good drink. Better than I expected from a brew with it's name.

The first time I had this I didn't like it, and strangely I'm enjoying it this time, and it's 4 months past it's best before date. I'm thinking maybe age helps it out, but it's hard to know. May pick it up again to find out.

Serving type: can

09-24-2010 22:35:08 | More by BBP
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

473ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a dark amber brown with a 1cm tan head. Head reduced to a thin layer of tiny bubbles and some lacing is produced.

S - Toasted grains and earth. Aroma is on the lighter side.

T - Toasted grains, caramel, honey, hint of cocoa and a rather mild hop bitterness in the finish. Balance is definitely on the malty side.

M - Light to moderate carbonation, smooth, creamy, oily and a slick finish.

D - Decent brown Ale. Easy to drink.

Serving type: can

09-16-2010 00:45:39 | More by decimator
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StephenRich

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Yes the 10W30 is also a beer, not just a high viscosity engine oil. But when you pour the Neustadt version you may get confused as to which is which. Well, not really - there is quite a big difference between a dark brown ale and engine oil. But the point is that the 10W30 was designed to be a dark, malty, rich and creamy brown ale that would resemble the depth of engine oil. Point taken.

This is a classic English Style Premium Dark Mild Beer. What does that mean? Its very malty, only lightly bitter, has creamy and nutty flavors with a smooth, and just lightly carbonated texture. I like these, especially when done well. They can be so satisfying and delicious, and make the perfect pairing with a huge range of foods, deserts and cheeses.

This version was brewed in Neustadt Ontario, pretty much in the middle of nowhere right between Kitchener and Owen Sound. But if you are ever lost in that area of Ontario, the brewery is absolutely worth the visit. It shouts craft beer a million miles away, as does the 10W30. The 10W30 is widely available in Ontario at practically all well stocked LCBO locations. It comes in a 473ml can at 5.5% abv, and is best enjoyed fresh, and should not be cellared. I have come back to this beer so many times and am always superbly satisfied. If you ever see it on draught, and it does make its way around, you have to try it. The draught version accentuates the creamy and smooth mouthfeel to a level of sheer perfection.

I poured the 10W30 cool around 10C (50F) into an English Tulip Pint Glass. It poured smoothly building huge life the second it hit the glass. A large fluffy and airy tan to light mocha brown head was formed a good 2 inches on top the beer forming a creamy and mountainous cap. The beer glowed a transparent dark amber brown leaning on red brick. Into the light ruby reds and golden brown peered through with a glow of mahogany and oak always lingering in the back.

The nose is lightly sweet but very malty. It is soft and not overly powerful, but very apparent roast malts and grains float into your olfactory sensors. A touch of whiskey-like sweetness shows up on the end with a hint of peat and mossy earth. Little if any hops are noticeable, but the beer comes off as very clean and rather subtle.

Letting in a large gulp brings a big round wave of juicy malt flavors that initially favor browned butter and caramel, but smoothly fade into brown sugar, molasses, vanilla bean, and roasted walnuts. The malt is wide and flowing touching your tongue, cheeks and throat with elegantly smooth, but richly flavorful grain-like flavors. Here again, from the grain, comes a touch of the whiskey and mossy peat flavor. It adds a nice layer of complexity and also a some bitterness to balance a malt focused beer.

Theres no hiding it though, this is a malty beer, and it was designed to be. As the beer warms bigger nut flavors develop, as does a creamy and mellow toffee sweetness and smoother flavors of prunes and bread dough. Hops are only lightly floral, and can't really play a role here with the strength of the malt. There is a light bitter cocoa flavor that hides in at the end, and another round soft nutty flavor that I can't quite pin.

The mouthfeel is very soft and silky - the beer has very little carbonation to speak of, and does work brilliantly with the flavors found here. This was a well constructed beer and leaves me with a sweetly malty flavor in my mouth wanting more.

This all makes it a very versatile beer. It is not aggressive or potent, it just has big round and lush flavors that sooth the palate in a mellow sweet, and slightly warming manner. I would start with cheese, aiming for melty brie, smoked cheeses, old white cheddar or gouda. This beer will also fit anything roasted or anything with char marks. It may have been designed for the pub, and as such try anything fried or smoked as well. It would even do well with cheesecake or rich chocolate deserts.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 02:04:05 | More by StephenRich
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can pours a dark chestnut body that reveals clarity and ruby tones when held to light. Creamy tan head is small and shortlived and deposits only some sparse spotty lacing.

Aroma is cocoa, earthy hops, and a hint of roasted coffee beans.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, light medium in body with a subtle moderate carbonation.

Taste is malty, with cocoa and brown sugar notes throughout. Dark chocolate and coffee hints provide a pleasant dark roasty character. Earthy hops help to balance.

Tasty enough but kind of pedestrian.

Serving type: can

08-08-2010 23:09:24 | More by merlin48
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IllNate

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aquired this from liamt07, cheers!

A - Pours a very nice brown with a definitive red hue. Head is a full creamy off white, almost brown. Stood for the entire glass with a good finger left at the end.

S - Roasty smell, definitely doesn't smell like 10W30, haha.

T - Very Malty. Good chocolate, roasty and even a hint of smoke I think. Pleasant over all.

M - Very smooth and creamy. Good mouth feel, lighter that it would appear.

D - Pretty good. Not as good as a lighter variety, but the pint went down quick and I could have ordered another, but alas, I only had 1.

Serving type: can

07-23-2010 04:59:31 | More by IllNate
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AJacob81

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired this from liamt07. Cheers!

A - Pours a very dark brown, with a finger of off-white, creamy head on top. Decent retention, but minimal lacing as beer drinks.

S - Basic roasted malt, maybe a bit of toffee, nothing overwhelming or particularly memorable.

T - Much better than the nose. Toffee is pronounced, some chocolate and dark fruits/bread in there as well. Little or no hop bitterness, but that seems to be intentional. A very pleasant drink.

M - Thicker than expected, but creamy rather than chewy. Low-to-medium carbonation makes this a velvety-smooth pleaser.

D - Very easy to drink. No alcohol burn, finish not too dry, just a charmer in every way.

Serving type: can

07-02-2010 16:11:46 | More by AJacob81
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic glass. Dark brown, with a fluffy white head that kept up its vanguard as a pronounced ring. Patches of lacing as well.

Nose is uninspired: malts, a bit of caramel, earthy tones and a bit of bacterial or chemical skunk.

Not a bad tasting brew, however. Starts off malty, with biscuits and caramel. Notes of fruit and chocolate. Earthy and slightly bitter to the finish, but generally I found the ending to this brew to be lacking. A bit hollow, but still goes down well.

A bit on the thin side, but with a creamy consistancy as well. Carbonation is mild.

Not bad, I'll probably drink it again. Went down fairly smooth, nothing offensive, but needs work to be considered one of the better Ontario brown ales.

Serving type: can

04-28-2010 04:53:59 | More by JohnnyBarman
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EtOHMD

Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at c'est what. Pours a mahogany brown opaque in the middle and clear maroon edges. Minimal head and lacing. Looks somewhat watery and this impression carries throughout. Faint sweet smell but not much here. Taste is watery, mild sweetness with hints of caramel but pretty basic. Slightly better as it warms. Thin feel with moderate carbonation. Goes down easily but definitely sticking to one of these.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2010 01:48:23 | More by EtOHMD
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown colour that I can almost see through. A little bit of head without too much lacing. It has a nice sweet smell of raisins, faint chocolate and caramel. The taste is very sweet and malty with some graininess. It is very smooth and I can drink several of them in one sitting.

This may be the beer that got me into craft beer because I had it my first time at C'est What and it made me keep going back. It was a perfect stepping stone from the more flavourful macros, such as Rickard's Red, that I used to drink. This made me realize that there was something other than amber ales or Guiness if I wanted a beer with flavour. I still always have a can or two in my fridge.

Serving type: can

03-22-2010 00:34:03 | More by kwjd
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bendale

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from an attractive 473ml Tallboy, with a freshness date stamped on it. Poured into a trusty Guinness tulip pint glass stolen from the Winters in Newtownards, NI. Moderate head which dissapates into a ring of bubbles pretty quickly. Dark mahogeny brown with a hint of red, and a good carbonation. The aroma is heavily grainy, with a little hit of yeast; it reminds me of a baker's shop. Maybe a touch of an earthy hop, but the malt is forefront in the aroma. The taste is full and grainy, barley and maybe even a bit of rye? Some dark malts to be sure. Bready and wonderful, not too sweet, still like being in a baker's shop. The hop is still a bit earthy, but acts much more as a balance to the malts, and to provide a nice clean dry finish. Mouthfeel is smooth with a nice carbonation, but it's not over the top. I could drink this beer all night (or day, which is a more fitting description of the current time). I had forgotten just how much I like this beer.

Serving type: can

02-19-2010 16:28:31 | More by bendale
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, transparent against light where red highlights shine though. A thin covering of cream-coloured head rests on top, which recedes to a thin ring around the glass. No lacing.

Sweet caramel malt, some cooked vegetable. Not much else. There's something artificial about the smell.

Sweet malt...that's about it. The faintest trace of hops on the finish. It doesn't taste bad but doesn't really have much going for it.

The feel is not too bad. Medium body with light carbonation.

It's drinkable but not something I'll be buying again. I've had this on tap a few times and remembering it being quite a bit better than this. Maybe cans are not the right way to buy this one. I'd be interested in reviewing the tap version sometime, I'm positive that it's better than what I'm drinking right now.

Serving type: can

01-30-2010 01:31:28 | More by eat
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bartle

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a can. Pours a deep dark mahogany brown with a rich red hue. "Clear. Thick, thin bubble cream head. Quickly dissipates, but laces down the sides to the bottom. Loads of sweet malt on the nose, roasted, chocolate, a little lactose, caramel, slight diacetyl, stewed prunes, and a little herbal licorice. Malt forward a little floral nobel hop presences. Balanced for what it should be. The flavour is of a vanilla spiked chocolate, some caramel sugars, a little astringent in it's mildly dry finish. Currents and prunes, with licorice, roast, malt sweetness and herbs. Very rich coffee spiked with honey and rich cream. A little bready from the yeast. The mouthfeel is full, grainy, creamy, full and indeed rich. The carbonation is moderate- medium, and just beautifully attenuated. Subtle dryness with a touch of residual sugars. This is a fantastic beer that does not get enough credit for what it is. A regular tap selection at my regular pub and to see it fends just as well as fresh in cans is a great thing. Cheers!

Serving type: can

01-28-2010 02:40:07 | More by bartle
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GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with thin fizzy tan head, fades to a thin layer, almost looks like coke.

Smells of sweet malty grains, nutty with a strange citrus hop aroma, almost smells like a light milk stout.

What a tasty brown ale, very malty, nutty caramel, somewhat buttery and a very nice hop finish to finish it off, very nice.

The mouthfeel is somewhat weak, could be a bit thicker or fuller, but it is a very drinkable beer. This is a highly underrated beer IMO.

Serving type: can

09-17-2009 06:31:18 | More by GodOfBeer
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uno99

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: very nice mahogony deep deep red. minimal head and lacing.

S: fruit foward. plums. dates. cherries. all malt. roasted quality. metallic alchohol finish

T: MALT BOMB! huge roasted malts very powerful and fruity. bitterness comes from the malts - and boy is it bitter! alchohol very present as well on the finish. slightly vinigary/sour which i actually dont mind too much.

M: Id say feel on this is average for the style. medium/full with moderate/low carbontation.

D: a point taken off here for the bitterness and alchohol presence.

Gotta agree with a previous reviewer - this beer could be tweeked a little to be a world class brown ale.

Serving type: can

09-16-2009 02:11:34 | More by uno99
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the can - reminds me of my Dad's workshop, old oil containers, engine parts, neon and black...

This beer pours a deep, dark reddish cola colour, with a few fingers of creamy beige head, which leaves pretty solid curtain lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of powdered hot chocolate, lightly roasted caramel malt, and muted, dry orchard fruit. The taste is dry chocolate milk, trail mix - mostly dry, dark, bitter fruits and a blend of nuts - and very mild earthy hops. The carbonation is fairly soft, the body smooth, full (but not quite 10w30, maybe a 5w20...), and nicely round, and it finishes dry, with bitter fruit dangling out there for a while.

Not usually a style I'm very much into, this is a pretty solid, and drinkable, representation.

Serving type: can

09-04-2009 23:32:34 | More by biboergosum
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sample on Draught at C'est What? in Toronto. Like others have stated, the name implies this will be a thick and dark beer. This is not so. Body is amber in colour, with some rouge hints in it. Head rests on the side of the glass. Aroma is malty and fruity. Taste is caramel, fruit, and a slight roasted malt. Suprisingly it is fairly mild, so it would make a good summer beer despite its name.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2009 13:26:49 | More by mrmanning
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ecoastman

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a little too bitter in the finish for me to give it a high taste and drinkability. If they fine tune this aspect, they'll have a winner.

A - a good looking dark brown with a redish tone against the light. The head forms nice and has amazing retention through the majority of the drink. A little more lacing and I'd give it a 5.

S - sweet malty chocolate with berries and light roasted nuts. I'm looking forward to this one...

T - Hits the mouth and is great on the first impression. But then the finish comes along and disappoints me. I had high hopes but this seems a little acidic and leaves a lingering grapefruit-like bitterness in the finish. A little more than I'd expect for a brown ale. But then the can says "malty grain premium ale" Maybe this is why...

M - watery but smooth and creamy to start. Dry in that lingering bitter finish.

Serving type: can

07-29-2009 00:11:51 | More by ecoastman
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish brown. The red really shows when held to the light. A very intense ruby. Its a beautiful colour. It's topped by a finger of light tan head that quickly faded to a thin cap, leaving no lace behind.

A deep, intense fruit aroma. Toffee. A little bit nutty. Brown sugar in the background. No discernable hop aromas, it's all about malt here.

Fruit up front on the palate quickly joined by nut flavours. Toffee is in the background. There's a roasted bitterness the whole way through, providing good balance for this fairly sweet brew. There's a mild acidity in the finish.

Medium body and fairly low carbonation makes this a pretty smooth beer. Delicious and very drinkable. This beer keeps me coming back.

Serving type: can

07-20-2009 06:55:59 | More by mintjellie
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

473ml can from the LCBO - pours a dark brown with cherry/ruby highlights on the edges, pour results in a finger or so of tan head that quickly bubbles away but leaves a thin lacing on the top of the glass.

Nose is hit with a big yeast note right away which is unsettling. Settles down to hints of coffee, rich malts, a dark fruit (plums?), faint brown sugar, some spice I wish I could place (toasted cinnamon?), a faint nuttiness, and a more balanced bread feature.

Solid bready malts, hints of brewing coffee, dark fruits, a bit of English hop bite in the finish to dry the cheeks, some sweetness throughout, slightly over carbonated for the style which slightly diminishes the drinkability (does this tend to be the case in cans?) and a slightly light body but not unusual for the style.

I find this to be a solid representation of the brown ale style and actually find myself, for the first time so far, thinking an Ontario brewer bottled/canned a style on par and made an enjoyable, drinkable brew that I would buy again. Nothing outlandish here but a solid English brown.

Serving type: can

07-14-2009 19:11:49 | More by ritzkiss
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one courtesy of TheHammer. Thanks a lot pal. Had this one before but I'm glad I got a chance to review it.
Pours a deep chestnut brown with ruby red highlights. Got one finger of quickly dissipating tan head after an aggressive pour that leaves virtually zero lacing.
This is where the beer starts to pick up. Toasted malts, nuts, raison and fruity esters with a hints of caramel and chocolate. Very sweet. Kind of reminded me a bit of their scottish ale.
Sweet buttery toasted malts up front followed by some raison, grape and a tamed nutty hop finish. Not as sweet as the nose makes you think.
Smooth and well balanced in the mouth but a little bit too watered down and thin for me, which also makes it that much more refreshing and quaffable. But I would swap that in any day for a fuller body.

Overall, a decent beer from Neustadt. Didn't like it as much as their scottish ale but would prefer it over their lager. Highlights were its sweetness and balance but its downfalls were its lacking, thin watery head as well as its light watery body. It's not one of those beers I'd go out and buy again but would be happy to accept another.

Serving type: can

06-10-2009 20:45:28 | More by ludachris
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DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 473-ml bottle into a pub ale glass.

Appearance - very dark brown with very low light penetration. A quickly-forming, quickly-dissipating head that leaves a thin layer of surface bubbles with a foamy little ring of lace.

Smell - quite a bit to report on. Plenty of roasted barley and hay mash aromas covering cappacino-caramel notes and fresh toffee.

Taste - like many browns it has a slower, less dense taste at first and then it intensifies through the finish. Main flavours remain the roasted malt (which is fairly sweet in this brew) as well as a pretty smooth nutty taste toward the end. The aftertaste on this is very pleasant, with some very subtle hoppiness picking up after the deep malt flavours.

Mouthfeel - very smooth, a little delay between the effect of the sip and the first taste.

Drinkability - definitely a good beer to enjoy in moderation. I don't typically assign myself to more than 2 of this style in a row because I'm cognisent of the fact that they tend to be richer.

Serving type: can

06-07-2009 02:25:19 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at the LCBO at Sauble Beach. The Scottish ale was good, so here is hoping this one works out as well.

Appearance: Pours with half a finger of head, which doesn't sustain well but laces somewhat. As stated on the can, this beer is dark, like borderline stout dark as it is mostly black with some brown highlights. However it still manages to exhibit some signs of carbonation.

Smell: It didn't take much in the way of warming to have this one come out. Sweeter toasted malts and a definite mixed nut scent dominate the experience. I'm also catching slight undertones of chocolate and cherry as well as a slight pine and floral hop touch.

Taste: Very nice, strong but the bitterness is subdued which I like. Starts with very rich on toasted malts with a slight caramel hint however the downside is a touch of that mineral/acidic quality that a lot of English ales tend to exhibit, which I'm not that big a fan of. It then turns to a big mixed nut flavor of which chestnut seems dominant with a somewhat chocolate and fruit backing. Ends very smoothly with the barest touch of floral hops and malt that cleanse the bitterness but not the rich flavor of the beer, but could come off as a bit watered down.

Mouthfeel: This beer leaves a very nice rich but not bitter aftertaste, which stays around for just the right amount. It transitions between flavors very well and all in all I'm a fan. The only downside of this one however is that the carbonation is a bit lax, as evidenced by the lack of head and that it went a bit flat at the 3/4 mark.

Drinkability: This beer isn't as heavy as the appearance would leave you to believe. It's smooth going down, refreshing, has little in the way of unpleasant aftertaste. It also isn't that gassy and doesn't bloat the gut and it is surprisingly refreshing. It's a bit rich in flavor which I can see taking a bit away from it, but other then that quite exceptional.

Final Thoughts: Another solid offering from Neustadt Springs, which I will hope to frequent again. There is of course room for improvement, (specifically in the head/carbonation department) but I would definitely have this beer again. This would be a great beer for a BBQ, for drinking at the pub or even as a session ale. Good stuff.

Serving type: can

05-29-2009 02:56:22 | More by TheHammer
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The can says best before 21 05 2009
The date is currently 28 05 2009

Let's see what difference a week makes.

Pours a deep, dark dark dark ruby, much like a porter. Has a thick, 1/4" head. There's some notable lacing and decent head retention going on.

Smells like malt and candied sugars, caramel, subsequent sniffs give me hints of when I was a kid and I would take bread and butter and sprinkle sugar on it and eat that in the mornings (what can I say, I'm Dutch, and the Dutch perfected the fine art of tooth decay at breakfast). It seems odd that at only 5.5% I can smell some solventy alcohol.

Taste is malty, in a way that is really malty. The fact that the can says "malty grain" doesn't surprise me because it's also grainy and malty. It's slightly boozy as well. There's mild leafy hops but they're so far in the background as to not be worth mentioning. Kind of has a weird plasticy taste as it warms up.

I was expecting an oily mouthfeel what with the name and all, but no. It's actually oddly dry in the finish.

Overall I like it even if I'm not sure what style of beer it's meant to be. I like this brewery a lot...but overall and in general if I need a malt fix I'd much rather grab a can of their Scottish ale before this.

This is one of those funny instances where you think you really love a beer, but then you drink it critically for a review and suddenly you realize it's not without its flaws and might not be all that you thought it was. And doesn't that just suck?

Serving type: can

05-29-2009 02:46:41 | More by MeisterBurger
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Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I picked this up I didn't even realize it was an OCB brew and I was equally surprised to find that it reminds me so much of Rogue's Hazelnut Brown.

From the pour it's not a great looking beer.. just a dark brownish ruby red with next to no foam on top. Appearances can be deceiving though so keep reading. The smell is also fairly muted but there is some hints of what's in store.. nuts and toasted malts. The taste though is where it's at. BIG nutty flavour, roasted malts and a very tasty dark chocolate finish. This is really enjoyable in the taste department and goes down in gulps. This would make a really good fall beer and is a great alternative to Rogue's Hazelnut Brown in the taste dept.

Mouthfeel is decent.. smooth and lightly carbonated. Drinkability is good. Having another is definitely in the cards.

Serving type: can

04-29-2009 22:29:44 | More by Ralphus
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Flat cola appearance, although I can see my finger on the other side of the glass under a bright light. Tan head was fleeting. Low, steady carbonation looked good. I smelled a lot of burnt toast here, almost smoky. The taste seemed a bit uneven with a sweet molasses backdrop that didn't seem to blend well with burnt malt and mild bitterness. Mouthfeel was dry, adding to what seemed to me to be a lack of balance. The more I tasted it, the more I got a sense that there were layers of grainy malt here, most of it toasty, some of it burnt ... but all of it a bit out of synch. I'd like to try this again but on tap next time, as it was out of the can, I wasn't overly impressed.

Serving type: can

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