estover (80) - Valencia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a grower from a friend, (thanks Rob) Pours a nice 2 finger head. Really nice lacing. Nice and roasty toasty burnt malt bitter finish. Hops in the nose, not so much in the taste. Dark red in color. Easy to put down a growler in an hour or so as long as you don’t have to drive anywhere! There is no alcohol in the taste or finish but it presents its self after the 4th glass.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown-red, tan cover. Aroma is lots of coffee, cold steeped grounds, not too roasty, some caramel. Taste is the same, this one really surprised me with a mix of coffee, some dark fruitiness, candy, toffee.
ttutony (819) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown in the glass. Coffee notes with a pleasant roasted malt character.
MarkSachon (858) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoyed as a draft selection at Mad Mex on McKnight Road in Pittsburgh, PA. Immediate flavors of heavy hops and coffee in a richly dark and enjoyable seasonal toaster. Has a warming effect on the whole and I was slightly disappointed that the gravity wasn’t a bit higher. The hops are well balanced and will last for a while on the palate. Another winner from one of Pittsburgh’s best breweries.
TylerPow (122) - Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks pretty dark to me. Hard to see the ruby red color. Hoppy/ashey aroma. Smooth and slightly roasty. Some of the hops come through on the finish. Very flavorful.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A-Body is a nice dark brown hue. When held up to the night one can see mahogany hues shining through. Translucent/nearly opaque body. Served with a nice 2 finger or so light tan foamy head that has great retention. Lacing all the way down the glass.
S- Big malty nose. Lots of big roasted toasted malt comes through and a hint of dark chocolate.
T-The flavor is consistent all the way through. Upfront is some chocolate and malty flavors. Very similar to a heavy Scottish ale. The background is all roasted malt. A good bit of roasted malt bitterness comes through for the finish.
P- Nice low to medium carbonation and a fairly thick, nice, smooth body.
O- This is a big winter beer. Great accompaniment to the darkness of winter here in Pittsburgh. It could be a bit more complex and the roasted flavors are the highlight of the beer-which get to be just a bit cloying for me after awhile. Still definitely worth a try especially if you are a fan of big, dark, seasonals. Reminds me of a roasted Scottish Ale.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 01-06-2009 02:22:29
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2010
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Experienced via draft in a pub glass. The beer pours a deep brown color, with no visible head. The nose is extremely off-putting. Harsh hop aromas, and a rubbery aroma that gives a sense that the beer has been infected by bacteria. This aroma transfers to being a flavor that dominates the palate, covering the added spices (nutmeg?) and leaving only a too-sweet residual malt character before a slightly estery finish. Overall, a truly terrible beer from a brewery that seems to put out far too many of that ilk.
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taste at the brewery. You should see this beer fill a growler. Awesome black and ruby body with a towering, frothy tan head for dayssss.... mmmm, can’t help but think of dirty leather in the nose with a serious roasted contingent but the body adds some serious hops and citrus overnotes. Very unsure how this qualifies as an American Strong Ale and not a Stout or Porter but I won’t ask questions but just smile at the fact that I will be able to go back for $12 growlers all winter.
douglas88 (7954) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub during the Pittsburgh tasting which was during a massive snow storm. Pours a dark brown with a medium light brown head. A really interesting nose; sweet funky marijuana-like notes of simcoe hops, rich toasted notes as well. A rich complex flavor; sweet brown ale aspects, toasted malts, but a funky strong citrus and herbal hop bite. This works. Nice.
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
On cask at the sharp edge brassiere in canonsburg pa.
Pours a murky brown with small tan head and a nice lacing. Looks thick.
Smells of earth malt and a tiny bit of hop.
Tastes malty, warm, with a tiny bite of hops.
Mouth is velvety greatness, minimum carbonation and whiskey thick. A high point.
Drinkability is mixed but above average, I would absolutely order again but couldn’t do more than one in a session.