chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12-oz bottle. Poured very dark, almost black with a small tan head. Aroma understated. Heavy malt profile with anise, pear, apple pie and dried dates in the nose. Texture thin. Taste is barley-wine-ish and pleasant. A little paper napkin on the finish. Drinkable. An excellent accompaniment to watching curling on the TV.
EithCubes (5305) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle for Pi-Day, 100th rating from Colorado. Dark malty nose, faint earth, but more like a rich brew of melanoidins and pseudo-caramelization products. Pours a dark russet with a jiggly, creamy tan/light brown head. Taste is dark and semi-sweet, leaning dry, with caramel, light roast (and occasionally burnt) notes, earthy with possibly imagined smoke in the far back and a rich, forward malt profile. Body is smooth and lightly crisp, alcohol is kept under control. Engaging and very flavorful, keeps a modicum of balance without losing its flair. Six-pack worthy, even; count me among its fans.
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle A dark brown pour tan head taste of smoke, caramel,real sweet, this beer is just pretty good nothing special
Aurelius (4773) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is roast, not sweet, and reminded me some of wet dog, especially from the bottle. Very dark, apparently clear, but I canít (for example) see the light of the computer monitor through a tulip glass full of the stuff. Bad label. A lot sweeter and fruitier than it smelled - stewed fruits, not very bitter. A blunt sweetness at first, gets woody towards the end - Shut up, Beavis - and finally ends up with crisper acidity. Tingly herbal/tannic notes for an aftertaste. Not bad. Market Square Liquors, Timberlane.
Kuzo (116) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark chocolate brown with a reddish hue and tan head. Aroma is sweet malts and dark chocolate. The taste is roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel, with a nice chocolate and coffee bitterness on the finish. Not much in the way of hops. Very soft and creamy mouthfeel with a lingering chocolate flavor in the back of your throat. A good brew, but one per sitting is enough for me.
DialSquare (3664) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Market Square. Black/brown pour with a medium khaki head. Roasty dried fruit and sweet malt aroma. Sweet caramel malt and cherry up front in the taste. Evens out fairly quickly with wood and dark fruit. On to a lengthy but subtle dry bitter finish with a slight metallic vibe. Slick medium palate and light but sharp carbonation. Nice drinkable scotch ale.
zach8270 (3961) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark brown pour with a tan head. Very mild and lightly smoky aroma. Some caramel and malts, but itís really subtle. Malty and sweet at the start of the flavor with a lot of smoked malts coming up near the end. Finishes clean with a lightly smoked hint just waiting there for the malts to go away. Pretty nice.
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pour was dark brown/black, with tan head. Taste was of roasted grain, dark malt. Very little hop notices, unlike what the deScription says. Some sweet notes of fruit, but still taste is more smoke.
PorterPounder (6529) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - Market Square Liquors - 12 oz bottle. Pours a deep, dark chocolate-like brown. Toffee-like aroma with a hint of smoke. Solid, but not overwhelming flavor with some toffee, caramel, hint of vanilla - a little bit more subdued than I would have liked - especially considering the ABV. Smooth, rich mouthfeel. All in all, a decent winter warmer - feel the alcohol in the finish.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, almost black, not much head. Rich malty smell and a smoky malty taste. Easily fits the style and the alcohol is well hidden for being darn near 8%. good stuff but I really donít need more than one in a sitting. Iím not sure why this is going year-round but it must sell well.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-16-2010 02:19:10