changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown color and pours with a thick tan head. Another Cigar City beer that looks very inviting. Smokey aroma with notes of charcoal, chocolate, tobacco and coffee. Rich malty flavor showing caramel, toffee, a lot of rasin, some roasty spiciness, and finishes with chocolate. Very drinkable. A little too sweet and sticky but it’s a mild complaint. Not my favorite offering from Cigar City but still a very good beer.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2009 Stone Sourfest wouldn’t have been the same without Seaoflament. Thanks man. Nose is big malt and vanilla. Smooth. Taste is great. One big happy barleywine. All the big and small details I love in a great b-wine were there. Great. Update 12/15/09 Bottle in trade from JW77 I believe. Rich murky brown with orange tints. Small eggshell head instantly fades to a hint of lace. Nose alcohol and sweet malt. Brown sugar. Taste rich! Sweet to massive chocolate and coffee. Rich bitterness. Could bump up to 4.1, but I’ll leave it as originally rated.
bu11zeye (12150) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle, courtesy of hopscotch – he sent this to me out of the blue; have had a couple other samples at various tasting in recent weeks as well) Pours a brown body with a moderate beige head. Aroma of mustiness, peat, toffee, caramel, and earth. Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, peat/smoke, oak, earth, and subtle coffee beans with a dry finish. Thanks Eric and the other fine Ratebeerians and BAs that have shared!
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the generous dchmela. Thanks, Dave! Beautiful hazy dark brown pour. Maybe a hint of red in the hue. Nice big thick beige head. Aroma is malty, fruity, and nutty. Some definite butterscotch, and not like oxidation. Some peat and mild smoke. Tastes a little less complex and more simply sweet, but still a fine beer. Great mouthfeel.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to daknole. Shared at July BA tasting. Pours a dark brown with tan bubbles along edge of glass. Nose is of coffee, malt and peat. Taste is of coffee, malt and smoke. Mouthfeel is creamy with alcohol noticeable.
BMan1113VR (7902) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Multiple samples thanks to JohnC and
seaoflament. Pours with a small, tan head over a murky brown body. Aroma of leather, dark fruits, peat and pear. Taste is a bit of wet dog, caramel, scotch, chocolate and dark fruits. Light bubbles.
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Carlos, again! Seaoflament shared at Stone Sour Fest today! Pours brown with a tan head. Nose is super malty with a big bite. Taste is malty rich and yummy.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2012
Date: July 11, 2009
Source: RBSG 2009
Appearance: clear dark brown, wispy head
Aroma: earthy dry caramel aroma
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, lots of earthyness, light smoke
Date: March 05, 2012
Score: 2.9 to 3.1
Aroma: sweet malty aroma, light chocolate, fleeting touch of tartness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, caramel sweetness, light smokyness
Overall: getting better
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2009 750ml bottle from hopshunter...pours a dark and murky toffee brown wih a thin light tan head....aroma of toffee and caramel malt, not too complicated. little smokiness to boot.... flavors of sweet semi-charred caramel malt upfront with a nice roasty semi-bitter chocolate finish. low to medium carbonation. a very nice rendition of a scotch ale with some added complexity that makes it stand above others.
jason (1727) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Big thanks to Matt for sending this one to me on my first father’s day, shared with my father-in-law - who is also a big scotch ale fan. Very smooth malty body, heavy but not thick. The flavor seemed to soak into my taste buds with a great palate of smoke malt and hops. This is extremely easy to drink.