diabel (1629) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the RBG Low Countries 2005 tasting session
Off-white, clear brown-black body. Nose of straw, molasses, coffee, liquor. Lightly sweet, moderately bitter initial flavour. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter (long) finish. Medium bodied. Soft carbonation. The 9.5% ABV isn’t apparent at all. Very smooth beer and well-balanced. Not a flavour-bomb, which I like in it.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Butterscotch nose with a dark iced tea body with a dense lasting head. Caramel sweetness, husky, honey, very light smoke, brown sugar. Very nice.
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - OCT 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
nut brown w/ a small head. alcohol aroma w/ note of malt, smoke. full bodied, flavor dominated by scotch, still well balanced.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one kind of fell apart for me. The sweet ness was totally separate from the bitter alcohol component. Needs better blending of opposites.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2008 Pours a dark garnet red color with a thick, medium-dense light tan head. Sweet roasted malt notes in the aroma with a bit of subtle smokiness, red berry fruits, soft earthy spiciness, and brandied caramel. Deep malty flavor profile anchored by sweet alcoholic caramel/toffe maltiness with structured smokey roasted grain flavors woven into a superbly assertive though perfectly balanced body. Posesses an excellent roasted bitterness character in the big, full mouthfeel that is incredibly lively despite the dark, heavier flavor profile alongside a lovely perceived oxidation characteristic. Exceptionally well-balanced alcohol character that has an appropriately long, warm finish.
GregClow (2975) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler at O’Brien’s, San Diego, shared with a bunch of RateBeer locals - courtesy of OldNumbskull. Limpid ruby-brown with a wispy head - looks great in the glass. Aroma is sweet and malty, with a hint of tobacco and smoke. Flavour is nice and spicey (nutmeg, cinnamon), on top of a base of caramel and cocoa. Fantastic!
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many thanks go out to JohnC who is truly a great and generous trader for providing this tasty brew!
Another very well crafted gem from Alesmith!
Deep brown with a beautiful red glow that comes through this one. Thin head of light brown.
Complex aroma of caramel malts, butterscotch, some smoke, vanilla, and dark sugar.
The flavor is sweet and deep with lots of caramel and toffee. Complex and smooth, wish I could get Alesmith here! Is there any style that Alesmith can’t brew well?
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with purple edges; thin, frothy, tan head. Huge plum, brown sugar, butter cream, butterscotch, earthy, strawberries, smoke, coccoa, cookie, cherries, and nutty aroma. Heavily sweet, moderately acidic. heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter finish. Medium-full body, oily/velvety texture, moderate carbonation, light alcohol. Yes yes yes.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 Pours a beautiful black/brown, with a lovely head of clinging lace. Aroma is whisky, grape, and plumb. Flavor reminds me of a nice, mellow scotch, except this beverage has chocolate, raisin, plumb, and roasted malt in its makeup. Has the "numbing" effect of a good scotch without all the fuss. This is a fine, fine, FINE brew. Mouthfeel is thick as advertised, and the liquid coats the tongue like a nice coat of Sherwin-Williams finest. I really can’t come up with much negativity in regard to this beer; satisfies on all levels, and it demands your attentinon. Well done.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Pete! Pours a rich, dark auburn color with a medium head and lots of lasting lacing. The aroma is absolutely delicious with smoke, chocolate and raisin. The flavor is a mish mash of deliciousness including chocolate, caramel, slight alcohol and smoke. another fantastic alesmith beer!