j12601 (7456) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by the ever ebullient Matt. Pours a clear amber brown with a thin white head. Sweet caramel, almost floral on the nose. Caramel and candied malt. Sweet malt, smooth toffee. Easy drinking, sweet and tasty. Iíd like a touch more smoke, but this was still a very solid beer.
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. The pour was a hazy dark mahogany with an average sized (1-2 finger) light beige frothy head that was mostly diminishing and had fair lacing.
The aroma was extremely sweet of a dark bread malt and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of molasses, caramel, toffee, dark fruit and a mild alcohol tinge.
The taste was heavily sweet and malty with notes of molasses and caramel throughout with the ending having a hint of dark fruit and toffee and a moderate alcohol finish. The flavor lasted an awesomely long time after the swallow with a nice sweet fruity ending.
Mouthfeel was medium in body and had a syrupy dry texture with a good lively carbonation.
Overall an extremely sweet and enticing brew that had a multitude of flavors coming together to create an very nice tasting ale.
drjay44 (2895) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml. bottle. Pours a minimal short lived light beige head, over a clear copper brown (SRM 18) body....nose is sweet malts, with dried fruits including plum, raisin, fig cherry.....taste is heavy sweet malts with tones of several dried fruits, including cherry, raisin, fig, leading to the edge of a cola quality.....mouth feel light of medium, alcohol present, carbonation adds a foamy, spritz forward soda quality. This mostly meets the style. Unfortunately, the simple sweetness is too dominant, which may hide some of the malt complexity. Additionally, the alcohol is on the high end for a "Wee Heavy", and finally the mouth feel is very light considering the weight of the malt back bone which was probably used. Combining this with my favorite whisky would have the potential to create a "oh death, where is thy sting?" situation. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Iím not sure if this is the right listing as my bomber shows 9.5% ABV.
Pours dark brown in the glass but shows through a deep clear copper when held up to light. Thereís a huge creamy beige head that settles in as a thick cap.
Aroma is really malty, extremely sweet with lots of caramel malts and molasses. I do get some sweet dark fruits with raisins and plums and a little rum and smoke.
The taste is also all about the malts, sugary sweet with smoke in the background. The rum-soaked plums are there but also a more toasty bread character than the aroma suggested.
The mouthfeel is crazy smooth with strong carbonation and just sticks on the palate after each sip.
This is probably not in the upper echelon of scotch ales but itís really drinkable and definitely on the sweeter side of the style. Good stuff.
craftbeerdesign (2236) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
taster tray at Dry Dock on 11/19/11. deep ruby pour with a small off white head. sweet dark fruit nose. med to full body with a deep caramel malt base with raisin, figs and plums. great finish with lots of dark fruit notes and caramel malts. solid beer.
Ernest (6597) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, nuts, bread), with notes of vanilla and brown sugar.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter.
Full body, syrupy/watery texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Well, itís not a bad start that could be quite nice with some fixes and more depth, but as-is itís a really simplistic sketch of a beer. Really syrupy sweet and caramel-heavy.
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bomber. Been pretty happy with dry dock so far, so curious about this one. Pours a very dark brown with red hue, and half finger of beige, bubbly head. Aroma is sweet and lightly roasted, caramel, molasses, toasted nuts. Medium to full bodied with some heat on the finish. Flavor is sweet toasted nuts, with a lingering sweet finish. Didnít live up to my expectations, but not a bad beer.
arminjewell (8474) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is ruby red with thin to no white head on tap at brewery, aroma has notes of sweet caramel, toffee, hints of dark fruit and even some cocoa. Taste is a nice balance of sweet caramel, toffee, dark fruit, some slight spice notes along with some bitter cocoa, finishing fairly sweet.
adnielsen (10028) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2011
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tap @ Rackhouse. Deep red brown appearance with a small, tan head. Very sweet malty, caramel, brown sugar, light toffee nose. Fairly thick, syrupy, dark candy sugar, thick caramel, toasty malty flavor. A little but of bitterness on the finish but overall just too sweet for my taste.
onceblind (5219) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
10% version on tap at The Rackhouse on 9/3/11. Clear whiskey nutty burnt orange, with a small beige head. Aroma of chewy cereal malts and light peat. Taste was incredibly deceptive for a 10er. Tasted no more than 6%. Chewy dark malts, cereal grains, light yeastiness thatís earthy but sweet...hard to decipher. Not shabby, but a little plain and lacking nuance for such a nigh percent beer.