Hanuta06 (446) - Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2016 Serving: from tap at Filibertoís Italian Restaurant.
Aroma: heavily toasted-malty.
Appearance: average-sized, creamy, light-brown, initial head with fully diminishing longevity and fair lacing. Clear, cola-brown body.
Taste: lightly bitter, woody, initial flavor and lightly bitter, smoky, banana-tasting finish. Long duration.
Palate: medium to full-bodied with watery texture and soft carbonation.
Overall: outstanding. Lasting aroma and flavor.
Oakes (15804) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light brown, sweet, fruity, almost Belgian in character. I guess for me it is a bit too sweet and phenolic.
andrewje41 (2951) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft pour at the brewery. Pours a near black color with a ton of lace and a tan foam head. Toffee and roasted malts aroma. Really dark roasted flavor with a bit of chocolate. Very true to the style. I enjoyed this beer.
robforbes (2183) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a deep dark mahogany with a thin khaki head, and some lacing.
smell is of malt, spice, toffee, and some sweetness.
taste is thick and creamy, malt, spice, caramel, some nuts, and some molasses. ends smooth and creamy.
ibrubeer (306) - Omaha, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not much aroma, but not necessarily necessary for style. Very nice malty flavor. Low carbonation. Nice mouthfeel.
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Cola colored, thin to moderate sudsy sandy head, little lacing.   Soft bready nose, malty, slight dark fruit.   Fairly fruity on the tongue, bready, slight dark chocolate, a little tart too.   Body and
mouthfeel are moderate.   A little like fruitcake on the exit, tart fruitcake.   Very interesting, and a welcomed change of pace from most Winters.
bhensonb (14162) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours dark brown with a 3 finger creamy/foamy tan head. Aroma is difficult, but there is clearly chocolate. Med body. It has a tart/sour aspect. But it works well with the dark malt, treacle and chocolate. Really works up the old taste buds. The front part of my tongue is titillated. If this is infected it was a stroke of luck. Finishes sour, chocolate, toffee and darkly malty. Wow!
luttonm (4720) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft in Seattle. Caramel scotch ale appearance, herby spice. Roasty, sweet, caramel, oatmeal, smooth and roasty. Nice dark and lively winter beer.
AmEricanbrew (6737) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color with lasting tan foam. Dry spice, spearmint, chocolate, medium roast aromas. Rich, smooth mouthfeel. Dark chocolate, mint, medium roast malt, holiday spice flavors--good
22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This ainít a stout. Well sorta. Iíd agree with the previous reviewers in saying that this is a prime example of a strong american ale. Itís darkness gives a stout-like impression, however it really is lacking the sharp roasted edge and coffee-like qualities you would expect in a stout. Instead youíll find a decently hopped ale that has a distinct fruity esther. Thereís a lingering sweetness in the finish that carries over for a bit too long.