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:
66
Reviews:
33
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
7.69%
 
 
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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 bylerteck
3.31/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of ILOVEHAM
3.34/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IanSpindler
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of blackcloud
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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 pirfle
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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 RandyFlameThrower
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Slongie
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of sherpahigh
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Olek4374
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Beervana
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Twist off cap bottle, I poured this into a pint glass.
The appearance was a muddled brown haziness with a slim cap of a white head that quickly dissipated. Lacing was extremely stringy and barely there.
The smell had a light caramel to toffee maltiness colliding with a decent bready to toastiness. Light malty cherries slide in for the balance. Light smoky to roastiness warms under my nose.
The taste was malty sweet with a balance of the cherries, smoke and roastiness. Caramel/toffee/bready/toastiness slides back in for the balance. Lingering malty/smoky/toasty aftertaste slides into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. Maltiness clings to my tongue but isn't burdensome.
Overall, not just one of the better beers by them, but also good for the style. I recommend this over some of their other beers.

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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 notdan
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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 markaberrant
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Lead Dog Olde English Ale from Yukon Brewing Company
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