Peculiar | Granite Brewery & Restaurant

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Granite Brewery & Restaurant
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A strong English ale, not too hoppy and reddish brown in colour. It is a dark, malty brew, full in taste with a sweet dry finish.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2003

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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by Antikythera:
Photo of Antikythera
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a beautiful clear red-brown like strong tea. Very little head even when poured at home.

Smell: hoppy, nutty, and sweet.

Taste: as above, rich and a bit caramelly/toasty. The hops are distinguishable but not bitter until the end when the last few mouthfuls have warmed up in your hand.

Mouthfeel: creamy, silky. Not too thin at all.

Drinkability: surprisingly easy for a beer this dark. One of my all-time favourites.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On cask tap at The Henry House in Halifax.
Copper body with good clarity topped by a durable, light tan head.

Sweet and roasted grains with faint hops in the aroma.
The flavor follows. A touch more bitter than sweet.
Smooth, near medium body.
Alcohol more obvious than it should be in both the taste and the feel; especially in the taste.
Some toffee up front and again in the aftertaste.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer appears a clear deep dark mahogany hue, with a single finger of creamy off-white head, which leaves a thin ring of lace as it recedes. It smells of dry roasted malt, some orchard fruitiness, and light earthy hops. The taste is roasted caramel malt, a light coffee/chocolate essence, and more terra-hops. The carbonation is average, the body full and kind of mealy, in the pitted fruit way, and it finishes slightly sweet, some of that fruit rounding things out.

A pretty sturdy full-flavoured beer, I could see the appeal of having this as an old standby.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review supplements my bottle review below. The on-tap is more carbonated, bit more of a head, fresher and served colder. For taste, I prefered the bottle. The on-tap would go better with food and was a good mix in the session. Still coffee toastiness apparent. Less brown appearance.

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Photo of jbonapar
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Favorite Beer froma great Pub Brewery in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A Close Second to Propeller for Nova Scotian Beer.

A nice amber/dark pour with a sweet but subtle head. Nice lacing around the glass, looks great in a pub!

Smell is wonderfull, hops, dry malt with some nice mineral eart.

Love the taste of this beer. Dry but sweet, dense but light. A nice caramel undertone which i feel balances the fuggle hops that are used in the mix. Just fantastic. A great beer to have with some banger's and mash.

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Photo of Mandrake
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pulled from a hand pump not two feet from my seat, this beer pours out a beautiful deep red with brownish hints and a light tan head that settles out from a foamy body and lasts very well, leaving solid lacing. Some light citrusy hops come on top of a deep and resiny malt base. Almost an old ale, but well classified, I think, as an English strong. The complexity showing with the very moderate ABV is impressive. Coffee and piles of thick caramel, sticky and sweet. Taste only improves upon the promise held in the scent. Vinous notes pour forth, the hoppiness showing well in a balancing role, but not distracting from the real show, the strong malts and barleywine character. Nuttiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, typical for cask, plenty of body though, and quite warming. Drinkability is excellent. My favourite Granite brew, just great.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $5.00 for a 22oz bomber. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours no head that doesn't even film out. Dark brown and filtered clear

S- Not a lot here. Some malt.

T- A touch sour. Wondering if I had a bad one. No other tell tale signs of an infected beer but it is sourish.

M- A touch sour. Has low carbonation.

O- Not a big fan of Granite Brewery beers and this one continues the trend. Been to the bar a few times and enjoy the fish and chips however this beer is not for me.

Food Pairing

This ok beer would go well with...... Sushi. The light yet sweet nature of this beer would pair well to a nice dynamite roll.


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Photo of StormAles
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ssmack
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A dark reddish brown that varies from almost black at the top to dark toffee to amber at the bottom of pint glass. One and a half inch of beige head that lasted well. Some tiny carbonation bubbles. Great lacing and retention. Looks great.

A very malty aroma of toffee and cognac. Very nice.

The taste is not nearly as malty as the nose led me to expect. A quick taste of grainy crackers and then nutty roasted malts with a touch of prunes. It then opens the mouth with a cold steely taste that resolves into nuttiness and grassy bitter aftertaste. As it warms there is a sour off-taste.

A medium feel that seems to open the palette and then ends with dryness.

This ale seems to have a refined taste. I enjoyed it but wish there was a touch of the sweet toffee in the taste.

650 ml bottle from Queens Quay LCBO with bottled date July 30 2014

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint on cask at Volo. Arrives a nice rich loamy brown with almost no head even after an aggressive cask pour. Nose is caramel and toast, a hint of weird sweet note that borders on solventy.

A really nice pint that is made for cask. Light grassy bitterness with a pleasant hop bite in the finish but this not about the hops. Cocoa, earth, a hint of rust, caramel, toast. Light flavored but nuanced and pleasant. The almost complete lack of carbonation suits it as the mouthfeel is creamy and pleasing, drawing out the flavor. An easy pint to finish and I would gladly have another.

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Photo of baiser
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown body, with a thin white cap. Aroma is floral, toffee, grain, a tad minty and citrusy. Taste was excellent. Great balance. Strong on the malts, fruity, toffee, some chocolate. Balanced by a nice hop bitterness, dry after taste. Smooth, creamy and easy drinking. Great cask ale.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown and slightly cloudy. Moderate carbonation, topped with 2 fingers of creamy white head.

Smells of cream, brown sugar, hide, and hard water.

Tastes of coke, malts, brown sugar, slight sweetness, a hint of banana, and hard water.

Moderate body, slightly syrupy, slightly foamy.

Got in Toronto near Summerhill Subway Station, LCBO today, October 19, 2016. Drinking in at Kitchener Motel. Really ok. I say no more.

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Photo of Stripeymonkey
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of spinrsx
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bomber Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $6

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, grains, caramel, vinegar?

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, grains, and caramel/molasses. I can also taste a bit of vinegar/apples and hops.

Overall - The odd tart/lactic/vinegar flavour threw me off with this one. Just wasn't doing it for me. Wouldn't buy this one again.

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Photo of liamt07
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, served in a nonic pint.

Poured a dark ruby, bordering on burgundy with a tan head and good retention/solid lacing. Nose has some soft toffee, sweet tobacco, bit of smoke and roastiness. Taste has more caramel/toffee, with a gentle bitterness underlying. Dark bread, with some toast and roastiness to the malts. Great mouthfeel, full. Good drink, something to check out.

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Photo of FirstBrewsoon
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of grub
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sampled on cask as part of the volo cask days 2006. thanks to ralph and all involved for putting together an awesome fest.

this was the bourbon barrel aged version prepared for this year's volo cask days.

pours a nice ruby colour with a thin head.

aroma is great. nice and malty with a great oaky vanilla punch. slightly sweet.

taste is great. slightly sweet malty base. nice oaky vanilla character from the barrel that is balanced and meshes really well with the base peculiar. slight bitterness and lingering sweetness in the finish. no trace of alcohol.

mouthfeel is ok. decent body and low carbonation.

drinkability is good. well balanced and low alcohol presence make it very drinkable.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Derek
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Whiskey barrel aged for the Volo Cask Ale event on Oct. 22, 2005.

A: Dark, brownish-black.

S: Very little odour, just a little malt.

T: Very well rounded malt flavours, but could use a little more fruity flavour (in the british tradition). Not much bitterness (slighty sweet), but finishes dry. Certainly unique.

M: Light to moderate body (very little carbonation from the cask, as expected).

D: Quite good.

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Photo of RevCraig
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 650 ml bottle to a pint glass.

A: pours a clear chestnut brown with two fingers of foamy white head that breaks quickly leaving some lacing and a thin film of foam.

S: malts, some floral notes, a touch of anise and some fruity hops.

T: malts... Lots of malts. Hops come in on the end, but the malts dominate.

M: medium carbonation and a dry finish.

O: the maltiness of this beer lets you know right up front that this is a British style ale. The flavor and body are just screaming pub ale to me, and I would happily have a pint or two again if offered.

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Photo of eberesford
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark ruby brown with modest head and light lacing. Aroma: dark toffee leather: Flavour: treacle, raisin, cookie. Nicely reminiscent of the original if a little cold on tap at the brewpub.

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Photo of Viggo
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Granite Brewery. Peculiar is a nutty reddish brown colour, with thick whitish head when poured. Smells interesting, maltiness and a little bit of citrusy scents. I love the taste of this brew, dark malty sweet with some fruitiness and a bitter finish. The mouthfeel is excellent, very full and creamy. I love this beer very much and I think it has very high drinkability. I suggest anyone in Toronto who hasn't been to Granite yet does so.

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