notalush (4795) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark purple-ish red in color with lasting, sticky lace - plum, toffee and herbs in the aroma - lots of caramel malt in the flavor, with a touch of peat smoked malt way in the back - a tad sweet with nothing much to balance it, but still very tasty - quite an odd beer to be a flagship product, so I tip my hat to them for that.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Upon first pouring this beer, the head is quite full, but quickly diminishes to a lasing around the sides of the glass. THe aroma is very mild: full of heather, and earthy, herbal notes. Mild, yet well-balanced beer. Cocoa, herbs, caramel and quite buttery predominate the flavor. A nice example of the style. The malts hang on in the finish. It finishes smooth and creamy.
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from a bottle, it pours to a thick, long lasting creamy/rocky tan head. The body is a dark red/brown color. The aroma reminds me of peat and homemade strawberry fruit rollups after theyíve been in the dhydrator for hours and are still warm. I also get a touch of smoke. The flavor is peaty, and also reminds me of how really old wood smells. Sweet, smoky, earthy, woody. The flavor is simply put... strange. I love Scotch, but this doesnít remind me much at all of that. Instead, this is more like being at a campfire with burning sugars, wood, and peat whofting through the air. Iím not big into this style, but I feel that this is a well produced beer.
Dorwart (2362) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice large long lasting head from a vigorous pour. Settles slowly. Wonderful, thick aroma with plenty of malts, caramel, peat and bit of smoke and rotting wood. Color is a hazy dark magagony brown. Flavor is rich and sweet but luxurious as it goes down. Nice alcohol warming. Plenty of malts again, a bit of roastyness, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, scrumptious. Finish is creamy and coating. Lingering tingle form the alcohol. A top quality scotch ale. Props go out to RoyalBrown for this one.
jcr (2187) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown to reddish and bubbly. Aroma of malt, hint of hops. Impishly sweet , but donít be fooled. This ale is like your sweet, innocent cousin who puts a snake in your sleeping bag. The alcohol in this tasty, easy-sipping ale can bite you.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12-oz. bottle: Pours a deep, clear ruby with a full tan head. Very pretty. Complex, yeasty aroma. First taste is a big wallop of caramelly malt, followed by an almost syrupy sweetness. Very rich mouthfeel. Not much bittering; this beer is way over on the sweet side of the spectrum (which isnít surprising, considering the high alcohol content). BONUS: two bottles of this will make a bagpipe serenade sound good (though I still couldnít bring myself to dig into a plate of haggis).
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle...ruby red with a frothy tan head. Malty aroma, also bittering hops in the nose. This smells like something that I will really like. Sweet caramel to start, malts are evident through the middle, with the hops taking over to finish. Alcohol is evident in the finish also. Chewy, sticky and oooh so good. I am hooked.I really liked this beer and it finished nice and warm.
Juelze (1138) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown color with little head. Notes of chocolate and roasted malt fill the nose. Taste is of mild chocolate, hints of smoke, roast, and sweet malt.. Decently hopped, it appears to me, to be a Breakfest Stout with the coffee elements removed from it. Finishes a bit sweet Excellent beer!
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep reddish brown without any head to speak of. Aroma is exceptionally sweet and malty -- hard to get past. The flavor follows similarly -- the malt is too cloyingly sweet to get past and recognize any of the subtleties behind it. The finish is drier than the initial flavor, but I still found it to be a fairly inaccessible beer -- I canít taste through the residual sugars. Great mouthfeel, though; syrupy and rich.
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. From trade with OhioDad, thank you. Pours a deep dark ruby garnet color with no haze and no significant head. Appears minimally carbonated. Aroma is very malty sweet with caramel and dark dried fruits and a complex ester profile. A bit of smoke creeps up in the nose as well. Flavor is very sweet and one dimensional upfront. However, in the drier finish, more complexities come out: subtle smoke and fruity esters with some dried cherry and raisons. Alcohol and hops are minimally apparent in the flavor though a pleasant moderate bitterness lingers in the finish. Body is extremely full and silky smooth and the low carbonation goes well in this beer. I could only drink one of these in a given session due to the sweetness and body but very good nonetheless.