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Lead Dog Olde English Ale - Yukon Brewing Company

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Lead Dog Olde English AleLead Dog Olde English Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

32 Reviews
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Reviews: 32
Hads: 58
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 13
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yukon Brewing Company visit their website
Yukon, Canada

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 07-12-2004

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Reviews: 32 | Hads: 58
Reviews by ablaze:
Photo of ablaze
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark reddish-brown, almost black. Smallish and creamy off-white head that settles quickly with some decent lacing. Nice looking ale.

Smoked wood and milk chocolate, with dark fruit.

Sweet, roasted, light bitterness...molasses, black olives, mission figs, tangy currants and prunes.Very tasty with some nice malt/hop balance.

Nice creamy body in the mouth, slight astringent finish with low carbonation.

This could be a porter or a stout, and it's delicious. An invigorating ale that is a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle. I recall this being my favorite of Yukon's products, back in those heady days before my current beer-tasting proclivity.

This beer pours a clear, rather dark reddish brown colour, with a finger or so of loosely foamy, kind of bubbly off-white head, which leaves some nice, mostly random, streaky parachute lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel/toffee malt, a soft, crisp biscuit character, my mom's zucchini bread (earthy spices, bread, and brown sugar), and a bit of earthy, leafy hops. The taste is mildly roasted, somewhat bready caramel malt, a prominent oily nuttiness, some subtle alcohol edginess, and subdued leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a tad fizzy, the body a near full weight, and fairly smooth. It finishes just on the sweet side, the tinted caramel malt doing well in its old age.

A very tasty strong English ale, the booze more than sufficiently integrated, with a well rounded otherness. Still my favorite beer from the real north of our Great White North.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Roasty aroma, pours blackish with some white head and lace drops in glass following drinking up. Mollasses, licorice and some coffee grounds so characteristics of a porter, a brown, an old ale. Above average carbonation which works.Understated bitterness and maltiness. Drying aftertaste. Very decent English strong and reasonable 7% ABV.

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Photo of RandyFlameThrower
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of vanrassel
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yukon Brewing doesn't make a lot of beers, but they have a decent track record of making good ones — and even the ones that aren't so good get marks for originality.

Lead Dog Ale is definitely good, from the dark, cola-coloured elixir that poured into my pint glass topped by a fluffy head. It was accompanied by a complex, fruity aroma that hinted at blackcurrants and a bit of rummy fruitcake. Faint, floral hops were also present, as was a slight whiff of chocolately malt.

The taste was definitely on the malty side, but not entirely one-dimensional. Moderately bitter hops came through in the middle before everything finished dry with a roasted malt finish. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and a bit sticky (not unpleasantly so) and carbonation low.

A nice sipper on a cold winter night and hides its ABV well.

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Photo of elricorico
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one looks almost like a porter, very dark brown, opaque except for the edges. My pour generated more than two fingers of creamy tan head, and a couple of minutes later, there is still more than a centimetre on top and lacing where it has receded.

The smell is toasty and malty. Like caramel spread over toasted bread. Somewhat straightforward, but nice.

I find the taste fairly stout-like in its roasted character. Plenty of caramel to the malt profile, mild bitterness to the finish. Alcohol is faintly apparent in the warmth of the finish. Tasty.

This beer has a distinct creaminess to it, it is very pleasant to the tongue. Carbonation is lighter than average, which works for this beer quite well.

A nice winter brew, malty and warming, but not without its balance. Well worth trying.

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Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark copper beer with a huge head with good retention. Aroma is quite malty with some noticeable roastiness. Taste is very interesting with some notes of roastiness coming in at first and ending with a balanced bitterness. No too complex beer overall, but a good example of the style.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a dark, lightly hazy mahogany brown with a thin light khaki head that dissipates to patches with slight lacing. Aroma of roasty and bready malt, light molasses, nuts, hints of toffee; classic old ale aroma. Flavor is lightly toasted malt with a bit of char, coffee, nuts and light, subtle caramel. Medium bodied. A nice take on the old ale style (no obvious spicing, so I think this is more an old ale, as the name suggests, than a winter warmer). Mellow a smooth, a nice domestic take on the style and a good surprise from this far north brewery.

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Photo of Mlkluther
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

One of my favs. Great smokey malt flavour. Love this beer!

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a pleasant surprise to find in regular distribution. Yukon Brewing makes mighty fine beers, it's always good to see more from them.

Came in a 6 pack, down to my last bottle.Pours out a deep, dark brown, almost opaque except for a deep mahogany nimbus around the bottom of the glass when held up to direct light. Spongy tan head that settles to a thin creamy cap.

Rich aroma of chewy dark malts, dark dried fruits, and a hint of blackstrap molasses, along with licorice.

The flavour is also rich, with roasted malt, molasses, figs and some licorice root. This is something of a malt bomb. Faint smoky traces long into the aftertaste, this one really lingers.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, it's a pleasure to roll over the tongue.

An absolute delight to drink, much credit to Yukon Brewing for finally making this one more accessible, it'll be a mainstay in my fridge for sure, at least through the cold weather.

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Photo of MrTinnedPEach
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ritzkiss
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle sent from wordemupg in CanCon BIF - thanks man!

Pours a dark russet, earthy brown with hints of auburn in the light, a nice finger of head off the pour which dies down to a thin collar that manages to leave some lacing down the glass.

Nose is dominated by toffee malt, earthy metallic notes, bread, and light spicing.

Toffee and caramel malt, day old coffee, earth (almost loam like), hints of cocoa powder, bread. Extremely dry and biting, sucks the moisture out of your mouth! Hint of the alcohol in the back but just barely, warming in the stomach hits you about half way through. Tingly carbonation, any less and this might stick in your mouth. Light sweetness runs through it but pales in light of the hop, malt roast drying that runs rampant along your tongue and cheeks. Lightish body, going for drinkable I believe though at 7% that could be difficult.

A really interesting beer. It would go well with food though I wouldn't call it sessionable. Well made, tasty beer.

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Photo of NorthernSails
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of papat444
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wordemupg for this one.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A very dark body with blood red tints and a very light brown, thick head.

Smell: Wisps of roasted coffee, sweet caramel candy, nuts (skin and all) and images of a wood stove. Comforting.

Taste: Unsweetened chocolate, faint coffee, dark dried fruits, raw nuttiness, toasted oats and a bit of candy sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy & rich with a tinge of robustness that could have cranked it up a notch. Nice light bittering in the middle through the finish.

Overall: A nice winter warmer that felt real good to taste.

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Photo of Reswald
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of liamt07
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from wordemuog, 12oz into a tulip.

Dark brien, mahogany hues when held to the light. Tab head, with moderate retention and lacing. Nose has some sweetish, bready malts, a bit of chocolate, molasses. Taste has some roast, toasty bread, some sweet and complex malt character. Dry finish. Medium feel, thats lighter at times. Medium low carbonation, no alcohol. Quite easy to put back, I'd have several of these.

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Photo of BKLRIBS
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 pack of standard brown bottles, picture of a nice looking husky on the label.
Pour a deep, dark brown, with a foamy tan colored head that thins down to a floating cap of foam. Minimal lacing. NIce aroma of dark malt and dark fruits. Also some smell of brown sugar. Complex flavor, with roasted malt, prunes, and some sweet caramel. Just a slight touch of alcohol warmth. The flavor comes out even more as it starts to warm up a bit. Solid mouthfeel, creamy and full bodied. A great beer to enjoy during the cold weather.

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Photo of Idrankthat
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of hopdog
3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared courtesy of Josh (thanks!).

Poured a deeper orangish color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, roasty, nuts, and some cardboard. Tastes of toasted caramel, nuts, citrus, and lighter cardboard.

Notes from: 10/26/07.

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Photo of Dawkfan
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep brown with a thin head and not much lacing. Hum.... I remember this beer pouring & looking better than this. Hopefully the beer is still good.

S- The first thing I get is toffee and caramel. Some coffee and hops in here as well. This is a nice smell!!

T- Much like the smell with a hint of booze and nuttiness. The finish is bitter. A good balance between all the flavors.

M- Medium-full body. Moderate carbonation.

D- A really nice offering from Yukon. I haven't had many beers of this style, but I enjoyed this immensely. This kept getting better as it warmed. I'm still not sure what happened with the pour on this one, perhaps the glass wasn't cleaned properly, but everything else was spot on how I remembered it.

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Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of blackcloud
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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Lead Dog Olde English Ale from Yukon Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.