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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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 11
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yukon Brewing Company visit their website
Yukon, Canada

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 07-12-2004)
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Reviews by notdan:
Photo of notdan
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from IronDjinn from CanBIF 6. Thanks!

Pours clear dark brown with a tinge of auburn, topped with a bubbly tan head with solid retention.

Smells quite nice. Fruit and toffee mostly, including some apple and cherry. An earthy/mineral edge shows up as well.

Taste was not what I expected based on the aroma, but still nice. Out of nowhere, the roast characteristic showed up, matched with a hint of tart cherry and some caramel/toffee. Dry, moderately bitter finish, but no noticeable hop flavours to speak of.

Mouthfeel is very nice; slightly slick with just the right amount of carbonation.

Alcohol is completely lacking in the flavour, which in combination with the mouthfeel, make this a very drinkable beer.

Good stuff, wish there were more examples of English and American strong ales around these parts.

notdan, Aug 18, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

chickenm, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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.

biboergosum, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Sammy, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of RandyFlameThrower
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

RandyFlameThrower, Jul 18, 2014
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.

vanrassel, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of elricorico
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

elricorico, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 12, 2004
Photo of IronDjinn
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

IronDjinn, Jan 18, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

MrTinnedPEach, Nov 23, 2013
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.

ritzkiss, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of papat444
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

papat444, May 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Reswald, Jun 26, 2012
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.

liamt07, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

BKLRIBS, Apr 06, 2013
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.

BigBry, Mar 22, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Idrankthat, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of hopdog
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

hopdog, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of Dawkfan
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Dawkfan, Oct 27, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

krome, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of blackcloud
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

blackcloud, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Derek
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber brown, light tan head, some retention & lacing.

S: Spiced-up Christmas/fruit cake that's covered in alcohol; caramel; burnt toffee.

T: Fruit cake, spice, burnt caramel, roasted nut & orange rind. Balanced bitterness; alcohol is subtle.

M: Body is slightly heavier than moderate; smooth.

D: A nice winter warmer.

Thanks Bobsy!

Derek, Nov 29, 2008
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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle poured in a pint glass. Thanx BigBry!

Dark brown, almost black and hazy. Nearly opaque. Thin ring of light brown head.

Aroma is sweet malt and dried fruit (prunes and figs) with some bread like notes. Christmas loaf. Alcohol in the background.

Strong roasted malt with dried fruit highlights. The alcohol makes itseld noticed but doesn't overpower. Fairly steady throughout.

Medium-full bodied and mildly carbonated.

A nice strong ale. The scent does more for me than anything else. Well suited for a cold winter night.

Noxious26, Jul 28, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Slongie, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of demcorhip
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the fine trader markaberrant for sending this my way. Pours quite dark, a brown that is almost black, with garnet hues around the edges. Nice tight two finger tan head formed on a pretty gentle pour. Excellent head retention, and is already leaving sticky lacings as the head slowly recedes, and continues to do so as I work on emptying my glass.

Toffee, a touch of treacle and a hint of anise greets the nose. Slightly floral but a moreso earthy hop touch also presents itself.

Pretty good stuff here. A mild nuttiness is smothered in toffee and notes of treacle. Hints of smoke and anise also present. Metallic twang appears near the finish and gives way to earthy flavours of moist black earth and decaying vegetation. The metalllic flavours are easy to get accustomed to.

Medium in body, nicely attentuated, and hides its 7% abv well. Rich malts harmonize nicely with the hops. Mildly roasty and mildly astringent, making it very easy to go back for more.

For what this is this is a very drinkable ale, and is as sessionable as most if not any other 7% beers. The metallic notes almost detracted from this fine ale, but after a couple more sips the palate quickly adjusted. A nice and almost roasty strong ale, hopped according to the english tradition. Very well made, glad i got to try this one, and would certainly enjoy having this one again.

demcorhip, Jan 15, 2008
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Lead Dog Olde English Ale from Yukon Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.