kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Pours a clear, slightly viscous cola-brown color with golden edges; modest, fine-bubbled light tan head with patchy lacing. Hint of a vegetal note in the aroma that quickly shifts to a light peat smokiness, cola, and brown sugar. Medium bodied; medium-light carbonation; predominantly cola and, again, brown sugar with light peat smoke; hints of roast and chocolate, but a touch watery mid-palate; the alcohol’s well-hidden. Decent, but a bit sloppy. Medium-length finish shows some nice emergent toastiness and dry caramel.
DYCSoccer17 (3158) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma is a bit metallic, with some caramelized maltiness and peated notes, too. Lightly musty. A pretty solid aroma. Mostly transparent cola-colored body with a medium to small light tan head. Starts quite carbonated. Becomes roasted and toasted with some cereal flavors in the middle. Light chocolate flavors come through after that, which is then tailed by some peated malt character. This is pretty damn roasted and chewy. I like scotch ales, and I think they did a good job with this one. Just a little too carbonated, but otherwise quite solid.
hayduke (3081) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2012 Shared with Strykzone via Facebook Chat. Brown, small beige head. Good lacing. Nose of mostly chocolate with some peat showing smoke and floral citrus shows up as it warmed. Medium body. Fizzy mouthfeel with alcohol. Flavor is chocolate. Finish malty with a touch of hops. So what is the verdict? Started out slow with mostly chocolate, but as it warmed smoke, peat, and some floral and citrus hops appeared. After warning about 3-4 degrees it was a deceit beer.
gam (2915) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium head dark brown pour weak carbonation aromas nutty toffee sugary touch syrup the flavours are sweet brown sugar a syrup taste nutty very pleasant caramel which is slightly rich well put together ale nice sweetness the finish best tastes lasting syrupy touch nice richness toffee caramel good alround sweetness on the palate nothing special but good to drink
Palidor19 (2847) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has a great caramel color with a rich malt that has a touch of tannins at the end. Slightly nutty with a touch of wood and a bit of heat. It's goofball the way
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
TimE (2804) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color. Very light malty, light smokey, cherries and earth, but lacking the body. Rounded. Nice, but not tons of complexity.
joeneugs (2601) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark brown with almost no head. The aroma is very smoky with a hint of chocolate and peat. The flavor is thin and very smoky with smoked meats, and brown sugar. A little too thin and sweet.
jazz88 (2510) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Small Brewers Festival. A hazy brown color with a laced tan head. Smooth, oily, dry, and good malt character.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the Cypress in Santa Cruz. Dark brown with a small tan head that laces. Caramel, peat, smoke aroma. Chocolate malty flavor with earthy, herbal hop balance and a decent smoke element. Pretty rich, but not cloying, and the mouth-feel is clean and smooth. Pretty nice. Not sure what the strength was, but packed plenty of good flavors.
mjg74 (2428) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can from Casa De Oro. Roasted malty nose. Very rich and roast flavors. Smooth and peaty. Full flavored with a dash of smoke. Tasty brew.