sthlm (1225) - Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
[Bottle] Pours deep red with a small white head. Aroma is weird. Pistachio and stale cigarette smoke. Well, hopefully that will improve as it warms. After warming, the aroma has changed, but not improved. Now I mainly get musty, mildew scents. Not good. After significant warming (>1 hour), the unpleasant aromas fade, and are replaced by a vaguely sweet (light cinnamon and apple at times) and malty smell. Pretty muted, but at least it isnít bad. The taste is okay, and better than the aroma. Warming definitely improves this aspect of the beer as well. A little caramel popcorn and hardtack and a really pleasant finish. Really love that malt profile in the finish. Good mouthfeel, long finish. Overall, a weird beer that was verging on being a drainpour when cold, but that drastically improved after letting it sit for over an hour. In fact, I donít know that I have ever had a beer make such a drastic change as this one did with significant warming. Yet another reason to enjoy an entire bottle over an extended period of time rather than just tick a small sample over the course of a few minutes. My overall score is reflective more of the warmed beer than the cold one, which I probably was going to give in the high 1ís to low 2ís.
rondphoto (1820) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUL 24, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle @ Johnís Grocery / Iowa City IA --- Clear dark amber brown, head that drops to a solid cover, streaks of lace. Taste is peaty malt with some clinging semi-sweet toffee that moves quickly through to a light bitter finish. Not a particularly inviting taste. Okay, not great at all.
pschulz93 (7) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 16, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Really nice beer with well blended flavors of toffee sweetness and smoke. Very pretty in the glass: clear light brown and effervescent. Slight metallic taste likely from the peated malt. Wish it had a bit more body but otherwise very well done. Would drink again.
SrSilligoose (3226) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
peted bock. scotched ale. cred. pepsican is the man! complex, inviting aroma of clean dry toasted, peaty dry earthy dough. rustic scotch ale. taste offers a bit of a metallic copper twang in addition to other notes noted just a tip ago. metallic note a bit more potent as it opens up. somewhat drinkable.
ajnepple (1998) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery. Amber and clear with an off-white head and light lacing. Malty aroma with light spices, wood, roast and a touch of smoke. Similar flavor, smooth and mild, easy to drink. Pretty light body with a soft feel and a clean finish.
BeerandBlues2 (9454) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home. Pours clear brown with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is peat smoked malt, light cookie and caramel malt, bread crusts, dates, and herbal, minty hops. Flavor is peat smoked malt, meat, dark fruits, medium earthy hops and medium bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
kaserk (45) - wdm, Iowa, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank this bottle at Jethros soft open. Smooth almost chocolate taste. Liked it a lot!
sethdude (694) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours red with a medium head and light lacing. Aroma is sweet, almost tangy, with lingering smoke. Flavor is big caramel malts at the start, giving way to a nice, dry bitter midsection and a big sinus-filling smoke. Finish is mostly smoke with a slight yeasty, then grassy end.
ajtrupp (224) - Keenesburg, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2013
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
The best part is the aroma. Thereís a nice smokiness, along with some of the hops. As for the mouthfeel (damn I feel pretentious saying that word, but the alternative is "way it feels in your mouth", which is somehow dumber), it sticks like cough syrup, where the sweetness of the malts just wonít let go. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Michbeerlover (140) - - OCT 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Picked up a six pack at the brewery recently. Pours reddish amber with no head. Very strong aroma of robust coffee and smoke. Taste is mostly smoke and some coffee. Body is thin. Wish it had more body and retained it's head for appearance sake. Otherwise, unique and enjoyable.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
TheHOFF43 (1734) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from some friends. Pour is dark, really peaty aroma. Flavor is mostly peat as well, they werenít lyiní! Pretty interesting beer, definitely unique and flavorful.