pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice champagne bottle that we popped open for the 2005 beer exchange. What a ride as this one proved to be another great offering from Alesmith. The color surprised me a lot as it was deep and dark, not like a porter, but with a dark golden brown. The head looks like I may be able to stand on it, at least for a few seconds before I would sink into the greatest death anyone could dream of, drowning in a perfect blend of caramel malt, a little smoke, and superb use of hops. Nose is sweet and smoky, with a touch of alcohol there to let you know that you aren’t messing with a baby brew here, it is all barley. Sweetness abounds with the smoke and slight bitterness of the roasted caramel and hops. Nice, full body with a stickiness and smoothness that aren’t found in many brews. I loved it. Definitely the best scotch ale that I have ever tasted.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smoky when cold, mellows out and gets really sweet as it warms. I recommend letting the bottle sit out of the fridge 30 minutes before opening. Great big malty beer with barely enough hops to cut the sweetness. This is how I like the malt beverage to treat me. Like eating a 12 inch sub with cookies and milk too.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JAN 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of malt, molasses, chocolate, nuts, some smoke. Appears a deep mahogany color with some reddish hues, and with no head whatsoever. Flavor is very smoky at the start, malty in the middle, and very salty in the finish, with hoppy bitterness and even some peppery notes in the aftertaste. Palate is thick, chewy and appropriate. Overall, this beer is very good, and just a bit more than the sum of its parts.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of FlacoAlto.
Huge aroma features chocolate malt and dark sweet fruits. Color is dark ruby/brown with a thumb thick, creamy tan head. Molasses comes through first in the flavor then in quick procession there are wallops of dates, chocolate and caramel malts, stiff alcohol, raisins and dried plums and hints of caramelized sugar. AleSmith always impresses me by how well they go big without sacrificing complexity. This beer is big and bold and yet it is still subtle promising different flavor arrangements with every sip. A fantastic beer.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - DEC 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This deserves to be the highest rated scotch ale (of which I’m not usually a fan). Had it on tap at thier brewery. Just imagine the best scotch ale you think is possible. Alcohol is kicking and it is sweet and heavy on the malt.
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - DEC 30, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Alesmith. Dark burgundy color with a medium eggshell colored head. Smells intensely of ripe fruit, alcohol, cognac, and roasted nuts. Tastes like a port - full of ripe fruit, alcohol, figs, plums, with some roasty notes of chocolate and carmelized sugar. Full bodied, thick beer.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nose of malt, molasses, raisin and alcohol. Pour was very tranquil with a black body. No lace. Flavors include alcohol, raisin, plum brandy and a touch of coffee. Finish is chewy with a slight hop bitterness. Nice and warming.
zenarcade83 (2) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2005 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer marks the commencement of a king-hell two-day rating session. My nose detects sweet chocolate with some intriguing vinous notes. Caramel color murk with an amber edge and staccato lines of lacing. Simultaneously sweet and bitter, there’s a malty caramel flavor, vague indications of alcohol, and muddled fruit notes. An excellent brew.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The celebratory almost-done-with college beverage. The liquid is delicious looking cloud of tree bark, fringed with sunset orange and red. A thin line of ivory head rims the glass, a few bubbles percolate to the surface. Aroma is strikingly deep and rich, with sherry and raisins, rounded with frothed whipping creme touched with a half a vanilla bean and a cup of baking sugar. A gentle rounded bourbon warms the background of the aroma. Flavor is rich complex malt, mixed with a creme brulee topped with some shaved dark chocolate. A hint of grain and oats, and a quick waft of earthy fruit. Palate is clean and a touch dry, but leaves a cloying brown sugar coating and a smack of light euro hops. An extremely well balanced beer, with deft flavors and gentle tones. Alcohol is a tinge hot. The upper level of hops is an appreciated aspect of this particular brew.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. (No "J.P. Gray’s" on the bottle) Thanks goes to jsquire.
Dark ruby with almost no head. Aroma rich in dark malts with a fruity note of pineapple and passionfruit. Exiotic. Taste is very malty with chocolate and a hint of port. A slight acidity leaning on cherries, almost, finishes this well made winter warmer.