Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap 6/7 @ the Brewery: Pours a dark ruby color with and off-white head. Aroma is sweet with hints of chocolate and fruits. Flavor has hints of chocolate, caramel, raisins, plums and molasses that leaves a warm sweet smoky finish. A powerhouse of a brew!
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown with a small, dense, tan head. Nose of rich, roasty malt, smoke, peat, earth, sweetness, and subtle alcohol. Flavor adds caramel/toffee, pine trees (the whole tree),and some almost doughy yeast. Full, smooth, soft palate. Excellent. Whoís got my barrel aged bottle?
eaglefan538 (2947) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2009 Re-rate, 12/09, 2yr old bottle - wow, a complete train wreck after aging, just like the Grand Cru and the Weizenbock, donít let AS age beyond a year! Total English Style Barleywine / Old Ale at this point, maple, brown sugar, molasses, raisins, ick. All bad. Please, no more old AS bottles, please! Leaving the ratings the same, per fresh bottles, but there is no excuse for beer gone this bad! Re-rate, 3/07: Same appearance, aroma was caramel, coffee, and chocolate, some doughy-ness. light grass. The flavor was much the same, some faint peat smoke in the flavor along with a light presence of dark fruits. Mouthfeel was smooth. Within style, Iím not convinced this beats out Bellhaven anymore, but it was nice. The smoke is so faint, that this comes off more like a doppelbock than a scottish ale, imo. Original rating: This beats out the Bellhaven in my book. Poured a nice dark brown with reddish-mahoganey tints and hues. The aroma was the most complex Iíve ever whiffed within the style. Lots of liquor type aromas mixed in with coffee (Kahlua-like) and some dark fruit type scents. Flavor is much the same with a thin mouthfeel and a definite alcohol presence. A vinous aftertaste, this one was good stuff. A tingling of hops in the finish.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this is a godlike beer. Had a moderately aged bottle which I decided to tuck into. Lovely deep brown/amber body with a smallish head. The aroma is huge and complex, giving you a sense of how rich and multi-faceted this one is. Dark malts, dried fruits, a wee bit of hops, and a few chocolate notes to give it real smoothness. Truly exceptional work from Alesmith.
patrick767 (3728) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle - Poured dark, reddish brown with a creamy, moderate sized head that left excellent lacing. The assertive aroma is a wonderful blend of yeast and malts with dark fruit notes. The intense flavor matches the aroma and throws in some coffee and chocolate notes in the dry finish. This ale has a big, full mouthfeel and little alcohol presence given the high ABV. Itís a truly excellent ale. The smiths have done it again.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a fine scotch ale this is! Smoky and alcohol laden...with notes of peat, chocolate and molasses. Some dried fruitiness rolling around in the background, like dates and plums. Very vinous texture and possesing a malt chewiness that I find very enjoyable. The perfect beer to enjoy with a fine cigar!
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice brown bodywith an off-white/beige head. Aroma is rich sweet malts with a slight smokiness and nuts to go with a little chocolate and toffee. Dense malt flavour, some plum and date fruitiness with lots of chewy malts. A light alcohol presence with a little smokiness.
mkgrenwel (602) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a rich, dark brown with a medium creamy tan head. Flavor is mostly smoked malt. Very smoky, almost meaty flavor. Reminds me of bacon and smoked gouda. Also has strong components of chocolate and fruit. Fruits involved seem to be cherry and cranberry. Very dry, particularly considering how malty the beer is. A bit tart and acidic. Iím not getting any of that alcohol that others found, but I havenít tasted alcohol in anything for a while now. This has nice complexity with a very wide range of flavors, but they donít quite come together all that well. Perhaps some aging would do this beer a lot of good.
ghorsche (48) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 11, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Poured clear but daaaark (almost opaque) mahogany into a tulip with a medium, diminishing creamy tan head. Georgeous. Nose is coffee and dark fruits, nutty with an alcohol background. Very reminiscent of a stout, but a bit more vinous. Big bite up front, bitter toasty malts and alcohol. Verrrrry vinous flavor, lots of sweet dark fruits and some wood. Sweet finish with warming alcohol and some bitterness on the back end. Moderate, velvety-syrupy palate with a nice alcohol tingle. Reminds me a lot of Speedway Stout, actually, but fruitier and without the ridiculous acrid coffee. Quite nice.
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber color. Clear garnet. Long-lasting beige head. Rich, strong and smokey nose with alcohol coming forward. Concentrated malt taste with smoke. Deep layers of malt with molasses sweetness to offset. Finish is long; first sweet then a little bitter.