bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is woody with distinct smokiness. Flavor is licorice, caramel, wood, brown sugar, and meaty, jerky notes of smokiness. Smooth medium body with soft carbonation. Very nicely done.
ChrisSc (463) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample on tap at brewery.
Dark amber in color. Zero head.
Aroma sweet dark fruits, cinnamon, alcohol. Not great.
Taste is very sweet. A little sharpness in the finsih.
Palate is medium/full. Rich texture. Medium finish.
Nero55 (919) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black with thin head. Aroma of smoked malt (smoked meats and jerky). Medium body, medium sweetness, dark fruit, strong notes of smoked meats, and a sweet finish.
slowrunner77 (9212) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"pretty much the aroma and flavors you’d expect from the style, but nothing really stood out. definitely on the dark side with a little toffee and dark fruit aroma, similar taste with some caramel as well and a bit of alcohol. medium bodied. just ok for a barlwywine."
matt4054 (35) - Cottage Grove, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ale, strong falvor, but smooth to drink. Alcohol is high, but not overpowering. Would definitely get again, great value for such a strong beer.
brokensail (15270) - San Leandro, California, USA - APR 18, 2014
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
Bottle @ home via Secret Krampus courtesy toss from Andy. Mahogany pour with a short lived khaki head. This smells like Red Man chewing tobacco. Smoke, caramel, band aids, and candied orange peel. W@? Tastes of tobacco, beef jerky, smoke, and plastic. This is gross. According to vacax: "the lake may be superior, but this beer is a fucking piece of shit."
gramity (1586) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark pour with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel, sweet sugars, and dark fruit. Medium palate, some carbonation. Taste is rich dark fruit, ABV is well hidden.
BeerKurve (520) - - JAN 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black which turns into a dark crimson when held up to a light. Aroma of licorice, caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla and chocolate. Rather smoky upfront with licorice, chocolate, oak, hops, chocolate and roasted barley; Very chocolatey/roasty finish. Light weight body and carbonation. Very smooth tasting!
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cola brown pour with a thin tan head.
Aroma is smokey and dark fruit.
Flavour continues with smoke, roasted malt, hints of licorice.
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marcus (8685) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with an attractive beige head and a smoky oaky molasses aroma. There is a very woody brown sugar flavor with a dry chocolate finish and a mild alcohol trail.