Lead Dog Olde English Ale | Yukon Brewing Company

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Lead Dog Olde English AleLead Dog Olde English Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yukon Brewing Company
Yukon, Canada
yukonbeer.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with six different malts , this Lead Dog is big but friendly as can be. An extended aging makes it surprisingly smooth and complex.

Added by Phyl21ca on 07-12-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
34
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
7.69%
 
 
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of Erik-P
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of MAB
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Hop-In Brew has a few kegs of this, on-tap! (November 17, 2010)

While I really enjoy this beer in a bottle, it went to a whole new level of awesome on-tap last night.

Deep red, almost black color. Slightly dark head indicates roasted malts. Creamy, almost like a Guinness. This is looking good.
Nice roasted malt aroma, no hop aroma.
While it isn't a porter, and definitely not a stout, I haven't had many of either style that compare to this. Roasted malt flavor comes through, a bit of alcohol bite, nice hops to balance the sweetness, which is definitely present but less so than in the bottle.
Porter-like consistency in the mouth, low carbonation. Wonderful mouthfeel.
Emminently drinkable. I'm going back as often as I can to get more of this, before it goes away. The Arctic Red has been on-tap for years there (and still is) so I hope that popular demand keeps this one on the delivery schedule, as well.

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Photo of leaddog
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours with a thick white head. Dark black in colour and opaque.

Smell- Hints of roasted coffee, toffee/caramel and plum.

Taste- Moderate flavours of the roasted coffee, toffee/caramel and plum comes through in the taste. Slightly bitter at the end but doesn't take away from the flavours.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with good amount of bubbles. ABV is well hidden in this ale and it very drinkable for the style of beer.

Overall- A nice olde english ale from Yukon Brewing. One of my favourites next to the Espresso Stout. This ale is great to have to warm up on a cold winter day.

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Photo of Cwrw
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am behind the times in Calgary, but finally I stopped over at Willow Park and found this beauty, one which I have been wanting to try for a very long time. And folks, this does NOT disappoint. As I have come to expect from those folks in the Yukon, this is another classic beer with all the characteristics of its style, done with finesse, balance, and taste. Comes in a six-pack with the dog art on the front...low key. Popping the cap and in pours a hazelnut liquid with excellent head retention and a low carbonation. The smell is filled to the brim with enough malt to satisfy the sweet in me, and the hops keep it all in balance. I was very impressed with the aroma, but the taste absolutely blew me away with butterscotch, brown sugar, plums and dried dates, with just enough latent grass-hopping to keep it from being cloying. Plenty of coffee/mocha flavours here too...nicely roasted malts indeed. A little akin to their Midnight Sun in character. The similarity to a porter is apt too, because this has a whole cornucopia of salty, meaty tastes as well. Nice mouthfeel with a syrupy but decently enough carbonated feel.

Now I had this throughout the night with a bunch of other new beers, among them a bunch of other strong ales and Belgians and Double Ales, but by far this was the most balanced, flavourful and go-back-to beers of the night. Phenomenal. Yukon Brewing has never let me down. A treat.

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Photo of Shadman
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark as an arctic night ale would be an alteranate name for this brew. Dark brownish-red with a fizzy off-white head and decent lacing.

Complex blend of dried fruit, dates, rum raisen & of course a bit of good ol' booze( it is 7% abv after all)

I'm sure if you asked a high brow craft brew drinker from a big city if it was possible for a beer from the Yukon ( think sled dogs and brothels) could be this well crafted...Rich, well balanced tastes that include dried dates, mild coffee, rum raisin. Alcohol barely warms inially. Finishes very much like a fine English Pale ale with a withering dryness. It's only after about 5 minutes that you realize the alcohol has bitten your tongue.

Almost chewy and full in body. Very smooth given the ABV.

My new winter ale to be sipped and savored ever time I have the fireplace going.

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Photo of SmithyAlan
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lucaskowalik
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 341mL bottle into a snifter.
L- Poured black with a reddish-brown hue and an off-white head.
S- Strong smell of chocolate and alcohol with more discrete notes of caramel and what seems to be blackberry.
T- Chocolate and caramel with a pleasant alcohol warmness and malty finish
F- Very warm from the high abv.
O- I really like this beer and is probably my favorite winter warmer as well as offering from Yukon Brewing.

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Photo of beerSexualizer
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Looks like a porter with its voluptuous black colour and amber red tints.

Smells of coffee, toffee, molasses and some cocoa

Tastes like delicious night fall in an arctic winter. Warming with its Toasted malt, caramelization and earthy brewed coffee. The flavours are mostly subtle but very well balanced. A bitter finish that balances and adds depth lingers on this beer.

Low-med carbonation with a hit of warm alcohol adding to the drying hop finish.

Buy this and drink it to the bottom.

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Photo of MMansfield
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sent to me by BigBry. Thanks a lot for this surprise. I've been looking forward most to this one.

Appearance: Pours a lovely deep brown clour with a nice tight tanned head. Loads of lacing up the sides of the glass. Great retention.

Aroma: Roasted malt. Earthy tones, rich soil, coffee, molasses. Fruit aroma of prunes and dates. Sweet caramel also in there. Smell beautiful, like a cross between English and Belgian ales.

Taste: More of those deep deep earthy hints in the flavour. Rich roasted coffee, molasses. Also a bit of dark rippened fruit. Very sweet and fruity, but a good hop bitterness to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Soft, and sharp as well. Carbonation level meets the style. Not a session beer, but has a good drinkability for a strong ale.

Final Statement: What a wonderful surprise from Whitehorse! This is one of the better Canadian brews I've tasted. It's a unique and very solid contribution, I just wish I could get it here in Halifax. I'd love to try the rest of their beers.

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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 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 mikebu
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sathanas
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 MrTinnedPEach
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Idrankthat
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of wesbray
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of bobsy
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wonderful bottle with a picture of a husky on it. Almost like the Canadian North personified.

The pour produces a mahogany couloured body and a decent off-white head. There's good retention and some nice lacing. Malty, english strong ale aroma, with some raisin, dark fruity malts and treacle. Very nice, full, malty body. Lots of toffee and caramel at the fore, with alcohol soaked dark fruits, and some great roasty characteristics. There's also a slight hint off wood (not oak though) and a good level of bitterness. Its quite a rich and textured palate, which I really appreciate. Creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel with restrained carbonation.

This is a very solid beer - great flavours and a nice body. Yet another winner from Yukon, who also do an awesome red if anyone feels like tracking it down.

Thanks to BigBry for sending this one East.

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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 Exeter
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Derek
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

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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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lead Dog Ale isn't quite as dark as a January night in the Yukon, but it takes staring at it straight into the light to find that it is, in fact, clear and that it does indeed have some colour beyond its blackish exterior. The pecan-brown blush is very attractive and emits a surprising amount of glossy highlighting for a beer so dark-hued. A good head forms but eventually collapses like a tent, its main post removed.

The bouquet has that super enticing blend of roasted nuts, chocolate, dried fruits and coffee that makes keeping your nose out of the glass for more than a few seconds at a time a very difficult task. Not overly sweet, not overly roasty - it is an unusually successful balance between dark porter-like elements (i.e., fudge, espresso) and somewhat lighter brown malt notes (i.e., toffee, molasses).

This "Olde English Ale" is indeed fashioned in a similar vein to many of Britain's celebrated strong ales (think Fullers Vintage or J.W. Lees). It nowhere near rivals these markedly complex and celebrated ales, mind you, but rather drinks like a simplified, made-to-order version of them. This is not to diminish its flavour, which is substantial in its own right, offering notes of pecan, molasses, golden raisin, roasted grain, cocoa and coffee.

Despite the abundance of malt flavour, the climbing alcohol content and the general makeup of a porter, the brewery's quite right about this beer's consumption not leading to an "overly full gullet". Of course, it's hard for me to fully put that claim to the test with only one bottle in my possession, but considering how quickly it's disappeared, I'd call it a fairly safe bet. If anything, it may be a wee thin for its flavour profile.

Lead Dog Ale has got to make the cold, dark, long Yukon winter more bearable. Or at least act as some token of consolation - you won't find it many places elsewhere. So while they might not have much sun, at least the people of the Yukon can rest easy knowing they have plenty of good beer at their disposal, Yukon Brewing makes darn sure of that. (Now if only they'd start looking after other people by distributing further south!)

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Photo of wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into 400ml dab glass on sept26 2009

A clear brownish copper with a thumb width of head that has only fair retention but even the final film left some lace

S some spice, burnt sugar and a tiny bit of booze

T the booze is a little more pronounced and it has some nice nutty flavor and toffee/caramel balance it out quite well.

M low carbonation and its leaning to the heavy side

D this one is perfect for this chilly fall night, overall several small things came together too make this one work

I'm stoked on this beer, this is one of the most underrated ales in western Canada. I like the stout and red ale from Yukon, but this one may be their best

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Lead Dog Olde English Ale from Yukon Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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