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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
We set out to craft a beer that could only be made in Houston - something that couldn’t be replicated anywhere else on the planet, even in a laboratory We smoked our malt at Beaver’s, Goode Company and Rockwell’s Tavern up in Cypress, and blended those malts as the base for a strong scotch ale. Houston’s BBQ scene is literally infused in the malt of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwalking05 (4551) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2014
22 oz bottle. Hazy ruby brown with a decent off-white head. Aroma is of cherry, light smoke, raspberry, heavy malt and some cranberry and fig. Taste is of malt, buttery biscuits, fig, light leather, cherry, and toffee. Disappointing...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4783) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle. The look is cloudy, reddish in color, and has off white head. The smell is smoke, malt, sweet, caramel, fruit, and ok. The taste is sweet, fruits, malts, and slight ash.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3329) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2014
22oz waxed bottle poured. Pours a dark thick reddish amber. Low clarity. Aroma is sweeter and boozier but still has a leafy earthy soil Scottish aroma. Flavor is less sweet and less boozy which is better. Goes great with a slightly thicker mouthful. A nice long soil and bitter brown malts aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Modularman (132) - - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle, smell of toffee and earth, appearance is dark brown, taste of light toffee and caramel which disappears quickly. You would never know this is a 9% beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6450) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2013
bottled, dark muddy brown color with frothy tan foam, aroma of dates, brown sugar, flavor is rum, caramel toffee, red licorice, not much scotch or smoke

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (3307) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2013
651 ml. bottle. Pours a medium well retained, light beige head, with very extensive lacing, over a clear, dark amber (SRM 18) body......nose is dried fruits, with plum, fig, raisin tones, minimal hops, light smoke, ethanol.....taste is slightly sweet, with dried fruits including plum, raisin, finishing with alcohol and smoke.....mouth feel medium, slightly sticky, alcohol burn present, carbonation low. The malt back bone is light and not in absolute ascendancy, resulting in the alcohol and smoke being too apparent. The malts need more depth in all phases, to result in a beer more appropriate to style. BJCP 7/3/12/3/6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Bottle share. Thanks Dan!! Snifters. Pours a dark brownish orange. One finger white head. Some lacing. Interesting aroma of peat, very slight smoke, (unlike a rauchbier), caramel, roasted malts. Taste similar with roasted malts, some peat, very hint of smoke, and slight booze. Medium body and carbonation. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8269) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Bottle. Bronze beer with a dark cream head. Caramel and earthy aroma with light toffee. caramel and light peat flavor with backing dark fruitiness. Medium bodied. Caramel and toffee linger with darker malts, light dark fruit, and light peat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (4447) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Smoky brown color. Decaying, dense tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, malt and chocolate. Its not very smoky. Its more caramely and peaty smoke like a scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerenberger (1596) - Fischer, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2013 The aroma is malt forward - roasted malts with hints of nuts. Pours a clear coppery-brown with a thin white ring and no lacing. The taste is moderately sweet. Hints of smoke, grain, biscuit, and candi sugar. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. A viscous mouthfeel. Overall, sweet but drinkable. Would probably pair well with the right food.

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