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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16
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16
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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 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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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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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.

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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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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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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 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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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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Lead Dog Olde English Ale from Yukon Brewing Company
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