JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown pour with virtually no head. Nice light peaty tones and some fresh cut wood. A hint of smoke. Taste has some identifiable peat notes over candied malts with a fruity character present. Real nice, could’ve been a bit thicker for a Scotch ale.
Pastor (790) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JUL 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to goryshkewych for this one
Bottle poured into a sniffer produced a finger worth of tan head that goes to a light ring of lace. On top of a rich dark black body
Aromas on this is great smoked peat and roasted malts
Taste is much like the nose dominated by the roasted malts and smoked peat. A nice sweetness on this brew, the alcohol in not noticeable at all. Medium mouthfeel next to no carbonation in the brew
Drinkability is good on this brew but the bomber was quite enough for a sitting. I had it with some Brisket that was left over from purplehops (thanks Stan) gathering and I must say it was a great meal
uhclem (354) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark like a porter or a stout. Nose is malt, peat, raisins and toffee.Taste enhances the raisins and also brings out a fruitiness. Mouthfeel is opulent. Finish is smooth and a little too sweet.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy jayMFg. Pours a dark crimson to chestnut brown color with a scant, off-white head. Absolutely no lacing noted. The aroma is that of a standard Scotch ale, with notes of chocolate, caramel, prominent smoked peat, and hints of soy-like saltiness. Some indiscernible dark fruits linger in the background as well. Flavors stay the course, showing sweet chocolate and caramel malts that are countered by staunch, earthy hops and a significant smoky peat billing. The alcohol is well hidden at 8%. A medium-full body is lightly carbonated and silky. Quite drinkable and enjoyable, despite not excelling in any particular area.
travita (3651) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown to black in color with a thin head. Smell has a little smoke, peat, fruits, and roast. Taste is much the same as the smell. I expected more. Medium bodish.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Crosling. Clear brown body with a small beige head. The nose is lightly smoky with plenty of toffee, dark fruits and roast. The flavor is lightly sweet, very lightly bitter with some caramel, raisins and smoke. Medium body is thin with light carbonation.
argo0 (11165) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 22, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bottle, thanks ryan) MInimal tan head atop red-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, caramel, some nut, roast. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some chocolate, roast, light cola. Watery medium body, lightly sticky, minimal carbonation.
kmweaver (3203) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, courtesy of ryan. Thanks! Pours a very dark, reddish-brown color; thin light tan head with patchy lacing. Some chocolate, caramel, and roasted malts in the aroma; basic, chewy maltiness. Medium mouthfeel: smokiness and oiliness upfront; roasted malts, roasted meat, chocolate and caramel; relaxed carbonation; pretty tasty due to the smoky note coming through; dense, oily scotch ale. Lengthy finish: smoke, oily malts, and some nuttiness.
BBB63 (5696) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 22, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle provided by Crosling at the Pre-DLD tasting at Flossmoor, thanks Nick:
Ruby hued with an oily appearance and a small fading head. The aroma has notes of smoked wood, peat, caramel, herbal hops, tin and other metallic vapours. The taste has a nice fresh smoked tone and a mild sweet malt background. Nutty and herbal as well. The mouth feel is smooth and soft, dry and minerally finish. A solid Wee Heavy but lacks some depth.
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... DLD’08... Clear black ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Smoky, chocolate and coffee nose. Full-bodied and creamy with gentle carbonation. Great balance. Chocolate and smoke. Finishes bittersweet, chocolaty and smoky. Not positive this is brewed to style at all. Great smoked porter? Very nice, either way!