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!
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
this was yummy..... very malty.... lots of dark fruit(plums) and chocolate.......I wish that i had more of this tasty beer!!!!
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
No "J P Grayís" on the bottle, but Iíve read itís the same beer. Excellent biscuitty, bready malt aroma. Deep auburn color under a light tan head. Flavor is dominated by the caramel malt, but some peat flavors and chocolate malts poke through as well. The alcohol is slightly more apparent than I had expected, but itís still a wonderful beer.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Raisin aroma with notes of syrup, alcohol, fruit and chocolate.
Chocolate flavor. Round with somewhat dry finish.
FoolishMortal (982) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red brown color, small light tan head. Caramel and chocolate aromas, with hints of smokiness. Caramel and smoke flavors give way to a muted chocolate pantina that extends into the finish. Mouthfeel is heavy and chewy, but rather smooth.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - AUG 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Mahogany color with almost no head. Aromas of scotch and vanilla. Flavors are caramel, and smoke with a slght alcohol warmth.
alobar (2509) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Crimson head. Creamy head that clings to the side of the glass. strong aroma of hops and yeast. Taste hops upfront and a slight hot edge at the end of the beer. Very creamy on palate.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle obtained from foolishmortal, very strong aromas of chocolate, caramel, molasses, a bit of grass and a bit of yeast. the pour was a deep crimson color with a fizzy cream colored head that lasted quite a while. a very sweet flavor, a little tangy, lots of chocolate and a bit of yeast backed up by copious amounts of caramel malts. perfectly blended with a sweet chocolate aftertaste and a slight warming sensation. a creamy mouthfeel and medium body qualified this as an instant favorite.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I loved the rich caramel roasty fruity chocolatey sticky aroma of htis burnished brown offering. Body offered up a sugary sweet syrupy first impression, but then was a bit htinner than expected and was surprisingly a little alcoholic. This was a 2000 vintage and isnít that big an ABV beer so that surprised me a bit, but then thdere were more fruits and caramel sweetness and I forgot all about the alcohol. Finished with a sticky creaminess. Very nice.
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster @ PIB. Pours a deep dark tan color. Peaty, chocolate smells come from this delicious brew. Would you guess that peaty, raisiny, sugary, and hints of chocolate would be what i taste in this beer??? Well it is! A good wee heavy, i want more.