Lead Dog Olde English Ale | Yukon Brewing Company

Lead Dog Olde English AleLead Dog Olde English Ale
BA SCORE
4/5
67 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#7,020
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
67
pDev:
7.75%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of leaddog
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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 Coronaeus
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ritzkiss
4/5  rDev 0%
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 Shadman
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Exeter
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mlkluther
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

One of my favs. Great smokey malt flavour. Love this beer!

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Photo of elricorico
3.96/5  rDev -1%
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 IanSpindler
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Sathanas
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Noxious26
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Slongie
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of markaberrant
3.96/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of MAB
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
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 Cwrw
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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 ILOVEHAM
3.24/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RandyFlameThrower
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Idrankthat
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of blackcloud
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of MMansfield
4.32/5  rDev +8%
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 Back_in_the_Saddle
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
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 vanrassel
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Lead Dog Olde English Ale from Yukon Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 67 ratings
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