Kevin (2008) - Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
weird looking clouded pour with a nice grey head. chocolate aroma. smells like cold chocolate chip cookies. lots of chocolate flavor with a doughy taste. damn, this is a liquid chocolate chip cookie. just a nice sweet easy drinking beverage that ius way too high in alcohol for the taste. this could be dangerous. thanks, santa.
alobar (2515) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
No head. Strong hoppy aroma. Dark copper color. Tastes of hops and roasted malts. Great taste at the back of the palate.
Saarlander (1680) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - DEC 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Duane for this one! Sweetness, dark sugar, hit me first, alcohol is there, but not overpowering. Fruity, then sharp as it warms, not bad at all, quite good.
OldMrCrow (1625) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2006 On tap at Ashely’s in Ann Arbor.
Pours an attractive, clear ruby with no head. The aroma is bready raisin and pum; the flavor is wet brown/burnt sugars and dried fruit, delightfully mellow at first but quickly giving way to a late-kicking alcohol burn that is too sharp to be excused even at 8.3%.
WisconsinBeer (695) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer has some nice earthy roasted malts hanging on in the middle. A caramel candy sweetness is also apparent. Ends on a surprising hop note, with hints of smoke in the background. This beer has some nice depth and is quite tasty. The noticable thing about this beer is that the hint of cherry in the middle keeps it oh so smooth. This doesnt get bogged down in dry smoky flavors like some other Scotch Ales seem to.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 Deep mahogany pour with a rich tan head that quickly disappears...Mainly rich roasted caramel maltiness...but with a surprisingly strong hop bitterness profile... very nice bitter bite in the finish. Some smoke and peatiness, as expected. Very nice entry by this outstanding brewer...!
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured a dark brown with a thick, creamy off white head.
Sweet malty, candy like aroma.
Flavor is sweet malts, molasses and fruit with a smooth creamy mouth feel.
light roasty alcohol finish.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is super carbonated; it starts to foam as soon as I pop the cap. The head on this is easily three-fingers thick and is a light amber-brown color. The beer is a deep amber color that shows a murky ruby-orange color when held up to the light. The aroma is pretty darn pronounced with strong notes of maraschino cherry, caramel, sweet toffee and a bit of toasty malt notes at the end. The aroma definitely has a sharp sweetness to it. As the beer warms up it picks up a bit of subtle phenolic smokiness and maybe even a hint of some musty-type character.
The beer is quite full on the palate, but the high carbonation makes it seem a bit lighter than it actually is. A couple of swirls later, I have released the excess carbonation, let’s see what the beer is like now. The beer is fairly sweet, but not as much as the aroma suggested; it is a mix of caramel and toffee sweetness. There is a bit of that cherry sweetness, but it is much more subdued than the nose. The finish has notes of roast malt, a hint of coffee and a dry toasty note; plus it also has a hint of alcohol to it. There is not much in the way of perceptible hop notes here; the malt certainly dominates. This beer is definitely a sipping beer.
I was a bit worried, because of the high carbonation, that the beer was infected, but I don’t get any of that in the taste. As the beer warms up a bit I get a note reminiscent of rum in the finish (both a bit of alcohol heat and the fermented/ distilled molasses flavor). This is quit a tasty beer and, unlike some of their other high octane offerings, this one has a nice balance to it, despite being a malt bomb.
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber brown in color with little head. Aroma is sweet and lightly fruity, caramel. Flavor is moderately sweet with lots of malts. Finish is slightly sweet with a little bitterness. Not bad, but I had hoped for more.
Bockyhorsey (2607) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was funny a visitor from Michigan brings a sixer of this just after I had called someone a dirty bastard earlier that night at work. Mahagony color to the body with thin head cover. I have the aroma and flavor the same for this one. Seemed like a medium bodied sweet porter. Smooth on the palate, good brew.