afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a growler served in a shaker glass. Graciously shared by BeerGestapo, thanks Mike. Dark brown pour with a creamy off-white head. When held to the light it reveals that the beer is actually very dark red and crystal clear to boot. All of the smells and flavors were reminiscent of a stout: coffee, chocolate, roastedness. Didn’t pick up on any spices but the keg had been sitting around for at least 7 months. Apparently the East End guys "just found it in our warehouse" the other day. Pretty damn good for a forgotten beer.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler courtesy of MrChopin. Pours dark brown wit a thin off white head. Smells of dark fruit, brown sugar, nutty, earthy. Tastes lightly bitter with some chocolatey hints, molasses, dark fruit.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler provided by pghlee and glid02 shared at the Brick Store.
This one pours a hazy caramel brown that looks a good bit like iced tea when held up to light. The head is small, very short-lived and leaves no lacing.
The aroma is mostly caramel malts but with some coffee and a hint of hops. There is also an understated tobacco and smoke presence as it warms.
The taste has the sweet malts with some chocolate and coffee bitterness which last through the finish along with a distinct woody character. The tobacco comes through in the finish as well.
The mouthfeel is actually a bit heavier than I was expecting and is very smooth with less than moderate carbonation.
This is an interesting winter warmer with more bitterness than I was expecting. It also drinks a bit heavier than the ABV.
PghBrewer (11) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good wimter warmer. A little differnt from typical warmers (if there is such a thing as a typical warmer). A little sweet for my taste, but that’s part of the style I guess. I great strong ale for a cold weekend day.
dpjuart (1094) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler Courtesy Naka. Pours amber/black with an eggshell head. Nose of caramel and chocolate with toffee and slight sugar. Taste is caramel and chocolate with mild astringency. MIid bitter and astringency at the end. Yummy warmer.
gsmitty80 (2128) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Suprisingly good beer from a microbrew. Had on Bado’s on tap in Mt. Lebanon. Good clean and crisp strong ale. A little thick hence the name but nothing overbearing or absurd. Decent offering.
tubbypgh (7) - mckees rocks, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2008 does not count
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
tried this beer at a local bar and had to buy a quarter barrell for my home, strong dark winter ale with lots of aroma and lots of flavor
3fourths (8801) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint at Jean Bonnet Tavern. Dark sludgy brown. Nose of spiced roast, chocolate malt, toast, and light wood and char. Seems like a hybrid stout-winter warmer. Chewy chunky weizen bock texture, gritty and pasty. A strange beer, OK at first but by the end of the glass I was sick of it,
LinusStick (3052) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Bocktown. Not one of his better beers but after Smokestack, anything is forgiveable. Aroma was so so. Could pick up some faint hoppiness with a little sugar. Pour was beautiful. A nice deep read with a 3 finger tan head. This is how a beer should look. Taste was a little thin and watery. Could not pick up much flavor over the carbonation other than some roasted malt. I’d like to try this somewhere else as it seems beers on tap at Bocktown are hit or miss with me.
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Capone’s, poured a hazy, ruby color with a huge fluffy tan head into the shaker glass with a good deal of lacing. The scent was a mix of hops, chocolate, dried fruits and honey. A very interesting flavor here...with a strong hoppy, piney flavor, balanced off by a heavy, malty, chocolatey finish. I really enjoyed this beer.