mmmbeer (1328) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Sampled 7-7-08) 12 oz. bottle poured into tumbler- poured non transparent murky brown, musky aroma of malt with notes of peat and hardwood in the background. Hits the mouth with heavy medium body, the malt comes through cleanly and very strong, an almost true scotch like quality to it, finish lingers around and makes you remember what you just had. I likey!!!
kseecs16 (1213) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark red copper color and has an aroma of dry roasted malt. Flavor is slightly smokey toasted malts with a dry finish. Medium bodied.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle - thanks to kryptic for the trade; pours orange-brown with suspended haze throughout; almost no head and aromas are musky, woody with sugar and alcohol obvious; rich and deep overall; lots of flavor and you can taste the bigness, but body is a little thin for my liking; sweet and dry finish; rich malts and sugars; very nice
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUL 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle via trade with EithCubes, thanks Mike!, cellared for 10 mos. after trade) Pours slightly murky dark amber with less than a finger of biege head that recedes mostly to edges. Fairly rich malty aroma of toffee and caramel with pine, juniper and mint hoppiness. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, lightly syrupy, a slight bit of fizziness, fairly low carbonation. Nice light webby rings of lacing. Taste is strong malt - caramel and toffee, slight licorice perhaps. The ABV is noticeable but not overpowering, so somewhat hot. Medium bitter with taste of pine and mint. There might be a slight hint of peat but it’s way in the background. Nice strong satisfying beer.
unclemattie (4357) - Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Light brown color. Aroma of some freshly proofed dough. Sweet malt. Lots of dough + bread. Could be very balanced but just too much dough. Biscuity.
NachlamSie (2970) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap. Pours dark amber, near opaque with a small head. I find rich vanilla, pepper,and bourbon hints in the aroma. This is a pretty hearty brew with a creamy palate. Plenty of tasteful vanilla is in the flavor along with biscuits and a startling sharp hop sting. A few sips easily allows the malts to wash over my palate and a lingering charred oaken flavor keeps things from being too sweet.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Strange bottle art. Pours alight brown body with an off white head. Aroma is sweet malty, and boozy, some caramel and tainted fruit as well. Slightly syrup. okay.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle: pours a dark cola brown with a small thin tan head. aroma is full of caramel malts soem raisins adn candy sugar, smokey and fruit also. very nice.
flavour is thick and very heavy on the palate with plenty of vinous dark fruits (raisins and dates) touches of smoke and plenty of earthiness, the malts are sweet like sugar with a little toffee flavoured malts, pretty good scotch.
douglas88 (7251) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Mr McDermott. Pours a dark ruby hue with a tiny head. The aroma is just amazing sweet sugars and vinous fruity aspects, some smokey earthy notes too. The flavor is likewise quite complex, tons of sweet fruit, a alcohol warmth, dry earthy peat, smoke, some very sweet sugars and caramel. As some others have said overripe fruit does fit the taste well, but there is a lot more. Pretty damn good, a lot to like.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thick and creamy on the palate. pours a cloudy dark brown body with a very little head. Sweet chocolate malts in the beginning of each sip, which mellows out into a long, semi-dry finish