scoobysnak (328) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A very solid beer. Big in every sense of the word. Boozy, raisins and chocolate throughout.
fitwitchik (237) - USA - FEB 27, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a bottle into a snifter a darkest of brown black with minimal head.
Aroma is dark fruit cocoa.
Flavor is best not too cold. Let this one rest a bit...avoids the Band-Aid assault. Definitely get a lo of molasses sweetness here, raisins, cherries. Nice light smoked finish but definitely there. Smokiness not overbearing-- the way it should be.
Nice balance and a truly delicious brew. Well worth the invest to get this baby shipped to me.
Jimsal27 (205) - New York, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very flavorful. Bold aromas and tastes of dark fruit, molasses. Slightly bitter. Been waiting a long time to try this. Was slightly unimpressed. But it was a solid beer.
thome50 (987) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown with slight head. Batch 74 from "way back". Taste is chocolate, marshmallow and some tobacco. Not my favorite but a nice big beer.
WillRunForBeer (545) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from batch 89 thanks to GT2. Pours thick dark brown with a nice sticky white head that coats the glass. This beer smells amazing. Molasses, dark cherries, raisins, cocoa. Taste is a lot like it smells, this is very smooth, with raisin and molasses up front, a bit of dark cherry in the middle and chocolate bitterness in the finish. Excellent!
Ataraxia (341) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful dark ruby mahogany color, almost opaque, with cappuccino lacing. Leather, tobacco, molasses, weather-stained wood, smoke, herbal, and dried dark fruit. Complex and well balanced sweetness gives way to gentle tannin bitterness. Full-bodied but not too heavy, smooth, lightly carbonated, and a mild to moderate booziness in the pleasant finish.
Salmoniform (459) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - JAN 28, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2014 Poured from bottle to glass. Batch 88 poured dark hue with nice tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, leather, tobacco, molasses, smoke, prunes. Mouthfeel is fantastic with a full body and great carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout without bring overly cloying. Slight astringent bitterness in the following and a nice compliment if ethanol and CO2 bite in the finish. Overall this is one of the best brews that I’ve had the opportunity to drink. Absolutely fantastic!
Poured batch 80 from bottle to glass. Dark hue with tan head. Aroma is smokiest than 88. Very similar body and taste. Overall a great brew.
Poured batch 89 from bottle to glass. Same hue but not nearly as smoky as 80 or 88. More raisin and roasted caramel essence. Mouthfeel seems like the body is a tad lighter. Overall a good brew but not as nice as 80 or 88.
alobar (2715) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chestnut brown pour with aroma of molasses, dark fruit, chocolate, and peat. Dark fruit, molasses flavor with chocolate, peat, and hint of smoke. Great beer!
Gription79 (2228) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on draft at the brewery. Smoky, caramel, sweet maltiness, peaty, some dark chocolate notes, rich stone fruits. Great beer.
beerbaaron (1129) - Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very dark brown walnut type color. Medium, creamy, frothy beige head, mostly lasting with lace. Aroma malty, roasty, touch herbal, some peat along with some earthy and chocolate and molasses, a little dark fruity.. quite complex. Flavor much the same but more hops towards the end.. Full body but not big, soft and creamy, a little chewy. Finishes roasty and hoppy. Some alcohol warmth.