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Killer Bee Dark Honey Ale - The Tin Whistle Brewing Company

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Killer Bee Dark Honey AleKiller Bee Dark Honey Ale

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82
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Reviews: 16
Hads: 32
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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The Tin Whistle Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2004

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At home watching the Oil play another team from a backwater American hockey city ... anyways, I've been uncharacteristically NOT craving the normal beers all day. Huh? A nice Trappiste - it is getting ever colder outside - nope. Oh, then a big IPA for sure...uh uh. Not doing it for me.

Well, I delve deep into the back of my fridge, and pull out...this! I forgot I even had this bottle. A triple-gold-foiled 650ml bomber from the good folks at Tin Whistle, in one of my favorite places in Canada - Penticton, BC. In the interest of trying something different, and making room in my fridge, I started peeling off the foil...(there's a Slapshot reference in there somewhere).

This beer appears a clear, deep dark brown colour, but with pervasive cola highlights when held up to the light, and one finger of weakly foamy, and mostly bubbly beige head, which disappears almost right away, even given the torrential pour, leaving a bit of streaky seaspray lace around the glass.

It smells of almost burnt caramel malt, bittersweet baker's chocolate, creamed sweet clover honey, and a soft mushy nuttiness - seems promising. The taste delivers, straight away, a whole lot more of the milk chocolate and airy honey - this beer is not misnamed, with some subtle day-old coffee notes, and rather understated, but supportive earthy hops.

The carbonation is active and pleasantly frothy, the body on the light side of medium weight, and mostly smooth, as a slight alcohol warming seems to seep in. It finishes off-dry, the honey sweetness kind of bleeding off, while the toasty malt digs in its heels.

Not exactly a session beer (due to the heavy flavours, as opposed to the ABV), but still eminently enjoyable for its dessert-like qualities. However, I had it as an appetizer, as there's no one around to tell me otherwise - worked like a charm. (1,844 characters)

Photo of Druid
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of joemcgrath27
2.85/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - a very dark amber, almost black, two fingers of tan head that retains well

S - caramel roasty malt, coffee, and more of a molasses smell than honey

T - I found some coffee taste along with a black licorace or sambuca flavour dominated, roasty maltiness present, and only a slight sweetness on the end. Not quite what I was expecting from a honey offering.

M - heavy smooth, and slightly bubbly, pretty standard dark ale

D - definitely not for a session, I would likely enjoy a pint and move onto something else. Fairly average overall. (543 characters)

Photo of Goldorak
2.55/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark brown with slightly reddish hues when placed against the light.

Smell: Dark honey, a little roasted malt, some brown sugar and maybe a bit smokey?

Taste: Watery, fizzy and sweet, it reminded my of those carbonated drinks health food stores sell to wean kids off their cola addictions. Body is way too thin and lacks any real character, a problem that many Beers brewed with honey seem to share. (417 characters)

Photo of ChrisCage
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- This was much darker than I was expecting....looks more like a brown ale than a pale ale. The head pours a thick, frothy and foamy and stays that way for a little while, settling down to a thin lacing over the liquid. There is also a thin lacing on the glass, presumably from the honey.

S- This is the only area that I wasn't overly happy with, because the overall aroma is weak. While there are some honey notes, I smell more of a coffee aroma, and some grainy notes. However, none of the aromas are dominant and you really have to smell for them. The alcohol does come through somewhat in this brew.

T- This was a surprising area for me as well. There is a fairly strong coffee flavor, along with some mild spice, which reminds me a little of cloves, as well as some powdered cocoa. In the backround, the honey notes are detectable, as there is a slight sweetness. There is also some hop zing on the finish, that lingers for a little while. This beer tastes more along the lines of a porter, but not as astringent.

M- This doesn't have a real heavy body to it, so it is a decently refreshing beer. The carbonation is relatively fine....providing a bit of a zing on the palate, but not unwelcome. The honey provides a gentle smoothness, keeping the beer well balanced on the palate.

D- I like this beer...it's different for sure, which is a good thing. I don't think I'd have more than one bottle of this in a sitting however, as the flavor is quite well defined and I think would work well with a meal better than on it's own. This still comes as a recommended beer for those who want to try something of interest! (1,623 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a deep ruby brown. Slight tan head that fades quick.

Smell. Chocolate and honey. Mmmm

Taste. Sweet coffee, some milk chocolate and a little booze. Bit of honey, but not in the forefront.

Mouthfeel. Light body with medium-low carbonation. A little warming.

Drinkability. A decent drinker. A little sweet and boozy but not unbearable. (354 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml brown bottle, gold foil around neck and cap. Pours out a deep, deep mahogany, still somewhat transluscent when held to the light, where it takes on a bit of a reddish cola hue. Smallish beige head that recedes quickly, not much retention.

Deep toasted malt and chocolate malt, some wafer, and definitely a good dose of honey with sweetness and light grassy notes on the nose. Chocolate becomes more dominant as it warms, a rich boozy kind of chocolate.

The flavour is quite rich and bolder than I anticipated. Some toasted malt up front, and then whammo, chocolate laced with the added sweetness of the honey presence, it reminds me of those booze-filled chocolates that come out around Xmas time. The finish is light and grassy and quickly overwhelmed by a cocoa-tinged aftertaste. Yup, this ale is all about the chocolate it seems. Yet it seems to work, it's not cloying in any way.

The mouthfeel is on the light side, but that is more than compensated by the richness of the flavour, balancing it out and making it easily quaffable.

I don't have much of a sweet tooth, and am not a huge fan of chocolate, but this ale still holds it together and manages to blow my skirt up somewhat all the same. Nowhere's near a session ale, at least not to my tastes, but I'll be getting more, and look forward to sharing it, especially as a dessert beer or a nightcap. (1,384 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of LampertLand
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tin Whistle Brewing 'Killer Bee Porter/Honey Ale' @ 6.0% , served from a couple of 650 ml bottles purchased for $5.65 each

A-pour is a dark brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a small tan head leaving a minimal lace along the stein

S-sweet , honey mostly some caramel in the background

T-oh so sweet to start , tad watery

MF-weak carbonation , medium body

Ov-needs way more craft to be considered a decent beer , sorry Tin Whistle

prost LampertLand (474 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of zachloveshisbeer
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one is good. I first had it after a long and boring interview for an insurance company. I just couldn't wait to bust this open as I had heard some good things from a friend who recommended it. I poured it into a pint glass and the head was about two fingers thick, the colour was dark hazelnut brown and it smelled of sweet honey and almost like something you would throw on some sweet baby back ribs. I drank it slowly and allowed it to warm a little and I must say, it was pretty good. Some of the big boys are using honey these days to cover up their crappy beers, but this one uses honey appropriately. This one is available year-round but I would say it's place is right beside a campfire in a pint glass. Delicious! (726 characters)

Photo of thxsforallthefish
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LoudRed
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of wordemupg
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into pint glass aug28 2009

A deep dark amber when held too light, nice tan colored two finger head that left little lace but had fair retention

S much more coffee and chocolate then honey, not what i would expect here

T again not what i expected, nice dark roast coffee is what i taste most, some coco and the honey is there but not as pronounced as you would expect. this was a pleasant surprise from a brewery i had not known of

M a little thin off the start, but better than average carbonation makes it feel a little creamery as it goes down

D overall i liked this one and it easy too drink and well worth trying

I'm hope the other beers from the tin whistle are as nice as this one. for a beer i grabbed at random I'm happy (755 characters)

Photo of EskimoDave
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Graham5161986
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a stout-esque dark brown with ruby hints providing a frothy tan head that reduces to a healthy film and leaves some decent sticky lacing on my glass.

S: chocolate malts and northwest hops with a touch of honey sweetness

T: good amount of hops up front giving way to a creamy, malty chocolate flavour, finishing off with a nutty, semi-sweet finish (that must be the honey)

M: thick and creamy, nice carbonation and a smooth, dry finish.

D: this is a great little dark ale - and I mean dark! Nice malt characteristics and a good hop character as well. The honey could be a little more pronounced - as it is, it tastes more like a chocolate stout. Still, this beer is quite enjoyable and I would buy it again in the future. (733 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks nice and dark with a brown head but I thought I detected an off nose at first. Later as the beer warmed up the nose smelled of fermented honey which was actually very interesting. This brew has lots of chocolate malts with a fairly big flavour in the finish. These guys are really impressing me with their approach and quality. (343 characters)

Photo of BRYeleJR
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of BDTyre
2.85/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This rates a bit lower than it should because this is definitley not a pale ale.

The only foil wrapped bottle from this brewery I've seen. Pours a deep red-brown with a good pale tan head. Smells funny: sour (like vomit almost) with honey and spices.

Taste is okay, almost a sweet-sour mix. I can detect traces of honey "and a hint of spice" but this tastes off. Almost too sour. I can't taste any hops and the the maltiness is hampered by the off-taste.

This is an okay beer. It tastes alright, but could be much better. The bottle describes this as a "dark honey ale" which, to me, brings to mind a sweet, chocolatey flavour which is certainly not present in this beer. For a honey ale, this is pretty sour. I might buy this again, but it is not at the top of my list. (779 characters)

Photo of Exeter
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Doesn't look a lot like a pale ale to me; more like a tasty brown ale. Head foams up to about a 1/4 inch before quickly retreating to a thin, off-white film. Body is a dark, bloody, brown; turns almost totally red when held to light. EDIT: Second pour netted a much larger, fluffy, khaki-colored head.

Smell: A little bit of honey and... that's it. Weak.

Taste: A good deal of coffee in this one. Very surprising, and pretty damn tasty. Also getting malt, citrus, pine, and prickly hops. Nice balance. Sounds kinda like a porter right? Looks, tastes, and feels like one too.

Burp: Coffee frappe. Mmmmm

Mouthfeel: Creamy with active carbonation. Full-bodied for a pale ale (though possibly classified wrong), quite malty, and a tad chewy. Finishes clean and a bit dry. Hittin the spot right now!

Drinkability: I drank this because I was tired of it taking up space in my fridge. Definitely didn't have high hopes for this, but I'm pretty satisfied with the way it turned out. Easy to drink; great mouthfeel; nice taste; boring (and a bit funky) smell; but overall very nice. I still think this resembles a porter much more than a pale ale. (1,155 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like this beer - it comes advertised as a "Dark Honey Ale", the label bills itself a Porter, yet here we are in the land of brown ales. Regardless of classification, this is an enjoyable beer. The smell is wonderful - very rich and enjoyable. The flavor involves plenty of roasted malts, tasty honey, and dark fruit. The only letdown is the "glass of cola" appearance. Otherwise, Killer Bee is a perfectly acceptable brew! (424 characters)

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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Killer Bee Dark Honey Ale from The Tin Whistle Brewing Company
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