Darkmagus82 (1957) - - MAR 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a dark brick color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a bready and grainy smell mixed with a good showing of a boozy aroma. Along with these smells comes some lighter notes of a sweeter nature with some caramel and dark fruit aromas mixed within. With a little bit of a woody and earthy hop there as well, the aroma is overall quite warming.
Taste – The taste begins with a bready and somewhat sweeter taste of cherry, plum and caramel. While lighter upfront, the boozy and woody tastes grow stronger as the taste advances with the boozy being initially of a more vodka like nature, but later taking a more whisky like flavor in the end. With even more sweetness developing in the taste along with a little bit of a grassy and grainy taste coming at the very end, one is left with a rather boozy (for a 7.5 % beer that is) and moderately sweeter taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the big boozy and somewhat sweeter flavors of the brew the thick body made for a sorta cough syrup (in a good way) feel for the brew, which heavily coated the tongue in all the rich and warming flavors.
Overall – Much boozier and sweet then I was expecting, but not offensive. A rather nice warmer of a brew.
Sledutah (5745) - Utah, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Montana Brewers Fest
Cloudy golden with a medium sized off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is caramel and medicinal. Taste is caramel and bitter
Travlr (15198) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Montana Brwers Fest in Missoula. Nice piney aroma. Taste is balanced, plenty of malt, bitter finish. A big beer.
Ericular (768) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Many Glacier Hotel. Good, but not as good as the IPA last night from the same brewery. This has more roast and rye to it, maintaining some of the bitterness throughout.
beernovice39 (3237) - Montana, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Ruby red with a tan top. Hoppy citrus scent, some bread. Taste is roasty, citrus with a dry bitter finish.
BelgianBeerGal (3334) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft sample at the brewery in Whitefish. Pleasant and easy drinking overall with the hops being too overpowering. Notes: grapefruit pith, orange citrus, sweet caramel malt and light brown sugar.
marcus (7323) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Finn & Porter, Missoula. Pours ruby with a nice beige head and a citrus aroma. There is a carbonated roasted malt and grapefruit flavor with a dry bitter finish.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel and toffee a little residual sugar adds a fruity aspect. Some nice citrus and floral hops. Pours reddish amber, thin head. Nice flavors of caramel and toffee, a little medium dark fruit notes, citrus and floral hops. Well balanced, smooth, not overly sweet. A nice ASA.
daknole (10162) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Montana Aleworks. Pours a mostly clear red, off white head. The citrus hops are nice up front followed by a dusting of caramel malt. Hops take centerstage. Citrusy. Nice.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Montana Ale Works. Deep amber with a creamy off white head and some lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel, light fruit and some citrus. Flavor is more sweet caramel with a clean yeast profile and some light hop bitterness, alcohol fairly well hidden. Nice beer but a bit on the sweet side.