Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted at GABF 2008. Dark red pour with little head. Nose of chocolate, peat, brown sugar and bread. Flavor is peat and caramel with some smoke and toasted malts.
bhensonb (14178) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Acknud - thanks! Dark reddish color with very little head. Smells like bread and chocolate! Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Taste is very chocolate. Itís a bit suggestive of a chocolate covered cherry cordial. Thereís a bit of heat. Some mild smoke comes with time. Pretty darn complex. Really good. Everybody should try this.
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from some time back from the Binnys Singles Rack (Orland Park, IL). Pours a glowing brownish red, dark copper, well hazed, with moderate tannish head that dies to a decent amount and laces. Aromas are nice: light peaty malt, some brown sugar, prominent fruity notes, caramel, and an overall sweetness. Initial is medium in body, a little warm, with light peat, caramel, a touch of chocolatey goodness, faint smoke and toast on the back end. Finishes with that sweetness on the palate and aftertaste. A little less enjoyable than expected.
drfabulous (6676) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Normally, Iíd say: I donít like Scotch Ale. But this beer is sweet and malty and has lots of flavors mixed in. Very nice overall. Enjoyable.
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lots of smoke in the nose mixes well with the caramel malts and brown sugar. Flavor is more of the same. Sweet malts with a nice backbone of smoke. More smoke than I would have expected. Iím enjoying this one.
BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pours murky brown with minimal tan head. Aroma is of caramel, malt, sugar, yeast, and chocolate. Lots of alcohol in the nose. Taste is of caramel, sugar, yeast, malt, smoke, and dark fruit. Far less chocolate in the taste than in the nose. Sharp alcohol bite takes a few sips to get warmed up to. Body is surprisingly light, bordering almost on watery. Lack of carbonation makes this one a little off. Very dry, boozy finish. Light body and sugary taste knock it down a notch.
Iceman82 (32) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours adark mahogany brown...with no head at all. This beer smells incredible!! Aromas of dark fruit, toffee and some serious caramel...I can smell the depth of this beer. I hope this tastes as good as it smells. Flavors of heavy caramel malt, toffee, raisin, sweet dough...this is awesome! Good brew...Dark Horse strikes again!!!
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another great beer from Dark Horse the forgotten brewery in Michigan.The pour was a cloudy brown with a reddisih hue the head had to be coaxed with a vigorous pour and was small and tan. aromas of strong caramel malts,bread ,yeast and alcohol taste was of heavy amounts of caramel malts and alcohol. just a great brew
nefarious (220) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark mahogany pour with no head....Unbelieveable aroma of seet fruits!!......Apples, cherry, caramel and more apples. Very thick mouth feel. Sligtly sweet and easy going down.....very smooth. Can definately taste the caramel and freash cookies. Chocolate and sweet fruits on the end....the malts really start to come out as well. Can Darkhorse do no wrong?
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Bottle] Pours a slightly hazy ruby brown with a small beige head. Aroma is caramel/toffee, and some raisins. Flavor is lots of raisins, a bit of alcohol, and just a hint of smokiness. Just too sweet for my palate.