John25 (728) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Very dark ruby. Sweet roasted caramel aroma, hint of chocolate, toffee, and coffee. The taste adds burnt/caramelized brown sugar and dark fruit. Excellent full bodied chewy mouthfeel. Perfect abv at 8% leaving a warm note on the finish. I’m definitely glad I picked this up. A great representation of the style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Benzai (9136) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can [from Secret Santa 2014 edition, thanks beerandblues2] @ home. Dark brown color with a deep dark red glare coming through, medium sized beige head that lasts for quite a while. Aroma is malts, dark malts, brown sugar, caramel. Taste malts, dark malts, brown sugar, caramel, some bitterness hidden in the distance, a bit sweetish up front. Medium body and carbonation.
AirForceHops (3639) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 13, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another 12 oz. can purchased at The Beer Shoppe, Ardmore, PA. Deep ruby color that light will not penetrate, shows a fluffy thicker head that stays until the last drop of brew. Aroma is caramelized sugar, syrupy molasses and light roast.
Flavor is pretty much what it should be. Heavy on toffee, mild dark fruit with a toasted grain like body. The finish is real sweet with a light fruity note. Body is a bit thin and borderline cloying. Light taste of alcohol. For me it’s just ok.
artmcd8 (1847) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can at HOTB. Best scotch ale I've had. Probably because it doesn't conform to the standards. Aroma of caramel and roasted coffee. Tasted sweet and roasty. Thick mouthfeel. Loved it.
reggiedunlop (3285) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an opaque ruby/brown with a medium tan head. Aroma has mild roastiness with a notable cocoa scent. Flavor has sone of that cocoa poking through but nice hoppy/bitter earthiness, dark fruits and burnt toffee. Mouthfeel is medium/full and chewy with a caramel/brown sugar finish fading to earthy bitterness.
BeerandBlues2 (10239) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can at home. Pours opaque brown with a medium, creamy and bubbly tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is strong sweet malt, kettle caramelization, toast notes, light roast and smoke character with peppery alcohol and earthy hops. Flavor is sweet and rich malt, light earthy hops and bitterness with dark fruits, light alcohol and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
dlovell2 (948) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from can. Pours dark brown with a copper tint and a tan head. Roasted malt aroma with vanilla, dark dried fruit, brown sugar, coffee and chocolate. Sweet caramel malt start with vanilla, brown sugar and roasted malt. Dried prune fruitiness runs throughout this beer. Chocolate and coffee finish with earthy hoppiness.
brigg (524) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Can) Black body with a big beige head that quickly diminishes to a lingering small-to-medium head. Dark roasted malt, molasses aroma; some coffee and chocolate. Bitter roasted flavor; chocolate, especially in the aftertaste, and coffee; toffee, earthy notes; semi-sweet. Medium body.
solidfunk (4529) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent for style. Pours dark amber with good head and lacing. Some light whiskey malt and a creamy texture. Light bitter finish. Tap at rfd
FROTHINGSLOSH (5136) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sampled on draft at Hou Thou this beer poured a murky brown color with a large foamy orange-tan head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was wood, smoke, malt, a touch of fruity hops and was a bit medicinal. The flavor was woody and bitter with roasty malt, a hint of smoke, faint fruity hops and an undertone of medicine and tobacco. Long finish. Medium body. Quite disappointing.