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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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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 tbeckett
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle at Luxalune in Winnipeg. From notes.

A - Deep red pour. Bright with very mild carbonation. One finger of beige head left a little lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Caramelly, toasty malt.

T - Some smoke, caramelly, dark malts, dark fruit. Caramel there too. Sweet but seemingly mild.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, but close to light feeling, clean and sweet to finish.

O/D - Not overly interesting. Decent enough flavour, but just tame and sort of weak. Had higher expectations. Not bad, just not memorable by any means. An OK beer.

tbeckett, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

chickenm, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of blackcloud
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

blackcloud, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Kmat10, May 29, 2013
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 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 Slongie
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Slongie, Jun 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Jul 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Olek4374, Jun 17, 2013
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
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 markaberrant
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - almost black, the slightest bit of red flashes in the bottom of the glass when held to a light. Creamy tan head on top, sheets of lacing down the glass.

S - caramel, fruity, a bit of toffee, not overly powerful, but pleasing

T - more roasted flavour than I was expecting, but very nice. Burnt toffee with a bit of sweetness, some earthy hop. Aftertaste is dry and roasty, but balanced with enough sweetness. Tastewise, this could almost pass for a stout.

M - full creamy mouth, some dry astringency from the roasted malt in the finish. Low carbonation as it should be.

D - It's a treat to come across this style, especially when it is well done. I'm quite enjoying this, and looking forward to the next one. Still, I think it should be a touch more balanced towards caramel than roast flavours, but it's a minor quibble.

A fantastic brew, it definitely met my expectations. Highly recommended.

markaberrant, Sep 13, 2007
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 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
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Reswald, Jun 26, 2012
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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
Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a darek ruby red with a finger of beige head, decent retention and some sporadic llacing.

S - Roasted nuttiness off the top, some burnt sugars and caramel follow and finishes with a touch of leafy green hops.

T - Quite tasty, with the roasted characteristics coming through nicely alongside some dark espresso and burnt caramel. Touch of ABV sweetness is detectable and a bit of heat lingers on the palette with some faint leafy hops lingering.

M - Medium bodied ale, goes down surprisingly smooth and finishes with a bit of heat and dryness.

O - Easily one of the most flavourful offerings I've had from Yukon Brewing and no surprise that it is so well received. Full flavoured strong ale that is highly recommended. ABV is decently hidden, but is certainly not offensive.

andrenaline, May 21, 2011
Photo of rogerdandy
4/5  rDev -0.7%

rogerdandy, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of pathead
4/5  rDev -0.7%

pathead, Jun 15, 2014
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
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
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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Lead Dog Olde English Ale from Yukon Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.