IMG_20150423_163846Lately we have been somewhat avoiding Trafalger Ales and Meads. It wasn’t a personal thing, we just hadn’t enjoyed the offerings of theirs that we had had.

Recently at the Ontario Brewing Awards they won a slew of awards including ‘Newcomer of the Year.’ Which is a bit strange seeing as they’ve been around since the 90’s, but whatever. We decided if they keep winning all these awards they must have SOME good offerings.

So I am taking another chance. I’m going to try some of their Mighty Oak. I choose this beer because it is imperial and it has been lightly oak aged and as I always say: almost anything that comes out of a barrel is delicious!

Appearance: Dark brown. Possibly filtered. Basically no head.
Aroma: Earthiness, hint of mushroom and damp dirt. Roasted coffee. Dark chocolate.
Taste: More of that chocolate and roasted coffee. Lighter than expected. The earthiness is less than the aroma but still there. Very little carbonation. Mild oak is there for sure.
Aftertaste: Long and bitter with plenty of hops to balance out the coffee.
Overall: Not a bad entry. It doesn’t stand up to some of my favourite imperials such as Long Dark Voyage but I can certainly enjoy this.

Kole McRae

Founder of Toronto Booze Hound. He can be seen drinking almost anything in the wild from beer to rum. Try not to startle him, he may use humour as a self defence method.

Email: kole@torontoboozehound.com