socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was excited to try this because all three breweries rate very high in my book. Aroma is not very strong, but there are hints of a smoky roast malt that I can detect. The appearance is a very dark brown/red color. The taste is leathery, with malt being the front flavor, however; I still taste a very light hop which balances the beer well. I feel this beer should have been a little more distinct, but based on their idea for the beer Iíd say they have done well. Good beer, not great
Mystery_Tramp (29) - USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I love these breweries. Pours a deep Amber/brown color. Not too much on the nose. Caramel and grain dominate the flavor with a hint of smoke. Clean finish with a subtle dryness.
Tmoney99 (11095) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured clear brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Heavy to heavy complex caramel malt aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and lively carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Drinkable complex brew.
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from this place that I canít remember the name of in Seattle. This beer has no head, and never did. The beer has a brown color with a ruby hue. Not much of an aroma here. I thought this would be a lot more pungent than it is. It does have somewhat of a leather aroma to it. Iím also smelling a very, very small amount of smoke. Hints of brown sugar mix in the with aforementioned aromas. This is very sweet and first and then it develops into a nice leathery roast flavor. A can taste a little burnt sugar, as well. I didnít notice it at first, but now when the flavor first hits my taste buds, I get a decent smoky flavor. This beer is mediocre, in my opinion. It could have be a little more robust. Glad to have tried, and not a bad beer, but itís a little underwhelming.
ChazMania (657) - Pasadena, California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iíve been looking forward to this since I first heard about it. Poured into glass; aroma- very little to none which I find rather surprising, only faint molasses. Appearance is nice, really dark red/brown yet clear, not a trace of cloudiness. Taste is straight up good scotch ale, a little caramel and brown sugar with just a hint of bitter. The palate/finish is really quite smooth especially considering its an 8.8% beer. Overall nice and enjoyable but not a mind blower.
RSRIZZO (1871) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle poured into a Snifter at 48į. Color is a deep dark amber with good carbonation and a small head. Aroma of sugar, roasted malt and alcohol. Medium body with a smooth mouth feel. Taste is sweet with flavors caramel, brown sugar and candied fruit. In the after taste there is just a hint of bitterness and a warm alcohol feel. Overall its an ok brew, but a little too sugary for me.
bluejacket74 (1396) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/copper color with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. The brew smells like brown sugar, caramel, dark bread and some dark fruit. Nice, malty aroma. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some smoked malt, coffee and a bit of booze. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a little creamy and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, itís smooth and goes down easy enough. I think itís a solid brew.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Samís in Durham. Pours very dark clear amber with a surprisingly tiny beige head. Nose shows some mild bittering hops and a good deal of malt--biscuity, bready, and a bit creamy. Not much in the way of peat action. Really wanted to like this beer and canít say much bad about it... maybe its subtlety was lost on me, but it just came through as average and neither very fragrant nor largely flavorful for the style, which was especially surprising given its alcohol content. Underwhelming.
after4ever (6265) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12-oz. Crystal clear but insanely dark rubied amber. Loose tan head for a split second, falling away to a slim rim around the edge of the glass. Big dark roasty toasty caramel nose. Lots of brown bread and brown sugar in there as well. Creamy medium body, goes a bit watery in spots, definitely could use a little boost of carbonation. Brown bread, brown sugar, toast, caramel, and a bit of herbal hop (though very little) on the mid-palate. Mild bready, malty finish.
RedSox2004 (1330) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear burgundy brown with a medium tan head that dissipated quickly and left modest rings of lace. Solid malt, spices, and alcohol aromas are featured on the nose, with ripe dark fruit in the background. Flavors match, with lots of dark bread and a warming alcohol presence. Full bodied, medium body, and a pleasant sweetness throughout, start to finish.