It seems a lot farther than just a bit over 400 km when you drive it. Kids... you know what they are like. And Toronto... you know what that is like, too. I found this bottle another 50 km on. Why did it take all the way from 9:15 am to 6:20 pm to travel that far? Snacks.
I picked up this at the Owen Sound LCBO, just that further 50 km north up highway 6. A new shop in the cookie cutter style but with a big walk in cooler. So a safe bet for good handling and storage. Not something you can always say with every cookie. It comes in a 500 ml bottle and stands in at 5.2%. It pours a medium caramel with maybe a bit of a whisky tint. The aroma has brown bread, apple butter and nut. Quite light but very pleasant. On the mouth, toffee without the cloy. Grassy hedge in August unsweet herbal. Twiggy even. Dry black tea hops. Malt is more of the nuts and apple with a notch of smoke with a very grainy texture. Dry unroasted hazelnuttiness. Softish water, too. A nod to richness even. Would do very well with a better sort of boar or Berkshire sausage. Would cut the fat very nicely.
The website for MacLean's gives the sense of a smaller operation but one that is interestingly a bit out of the pattern for Ontario operations. A farm brewery run by an expat with training in England and a consult side gig. Well worth hunting out. Only one BAer review.