TheAlum (6942) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle from Tytoanderso. Thanks, Tyler! Pours a dark blackish brown hue, a thick leggy pour, with a frothy tannish head atop, laces ok. Aromas are smokey malts, touches of meat and wood, some ash, with some dark fruit, roast, caramel, and toast. A nice smoky feel on the nose. Initial is fuller bodied, with a decent smoke kick, a nice fruity essence that gets a bit dominant, sweeter malts, toffee, cocoa, and toast. Backend throws some more dark fruit, lingering toffee and lighter smokiness. Finish is a touch of cherrywood, toffee, toast. Some cocoa, light mellow sweetness. A bit dissappointing, a little too sweet for my palate. The nose seemed promising, full of smoke and dark fruit, but gets too sweet for me.
marcus (9133) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours black with a nice tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a rich carbonated molasses and smoked malt flavor and a warm alcohol trail. The taste of honey remains on the palate.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Thanks to Adam for sharing... Pours a deeper stouty black shade with slightly lighter edges and topped with a thin light tan head... Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, and roast with some attributing Belgian yeast... The flavors are chocolate, dark fruit, and yeasty. Sweet with a light roast. Hint of tart at the very end. Medium bodied. Ok.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with tan head around the rim. Aroma has lots of smoke and black pepper, some raisin, maple syrup. Flavors has sweet dark fruit, honey, honey glazed ham, some pepper. Good effort, just comes off too sweet.
arminjewell (9253) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours thick black with nice tan head that laces well from 22 oz bottle. Aroma is nice with notes of sweet honey, lots of oak, toffee, roast, chocolate, some brown sugar, really nice nutty note as well with a touch of sweet syrup. Taste is also great, with notes of sweet toffee, coffee, chocolate, honey and lots of nice woody oak, with a touch of the birchwood, finishes bitter, roasted and slightly sweet as well. Wow, way too tasty and no sign of the 9%.
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Blackish beer with a dark tan head. Toffee and chocolate aroma with light spice. Malt and toffee flavor with chocolate and light vanilla. Medium-plus bodied. Toffee and malt lingers with chocolate and light honey.
Strykzone (6719) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at am esbls tasting. This pours black but some red is seen in the glass. A small tan head. The nose is slightly roasty with a bit of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is also roasty and toasty. Chocolate and syrup is tasted. This is good stuff.
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Poured jet black with a light brown head. Moderate body, honey biscuit flavors, mild smoke with loads of roast and ash. Dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, hazelnuts, and mocha coffee. Tasty, but not overly complex.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served from a 22 oz bottle from Baron’s. The appearance is a good black hue without much head. The flavors and aromas are roasted malts, alderwood smoke that comes off as a black licorice at times, a good amount of wooden notes, the honey comes through a bit at times too. The mouth is very very drying. The flavor profile didn’t overly do it for me but interesting none the less. Happy Anniversary Alaskan.
Guerde (1282) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Pours jet black even when held up to the light with just a thin dark tan head. Aroma starts out rather interesting, with a scent that smells exactly like fudge, but when smelled again the smoke really comes through and yields the scent of smoked gouda cheese. Another scent yields some of the floral element of the honey, and yet others provide a spike of tart dark fruit. I enjoy how each scent yields a different component of the beer. The flavor, however, doesn’t live up to the aroma, and it just feels muddled and clunky. The smoke, while seamlessly integrated in the aroma, crashes in and dominates the flavor, and it’s coupled with some heavily roasted malt that has a borderline charred quality. The fudge, honey, and dark fruit attempt to rise through these flavors, but only show faint glimmers. Mouthfeel is somewhat fizzy and stings the tongue, and the finish just lingers on a smoky note. Overall the aroma was unique and interesting, but the flavor was a real letdown.