mds (2118) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Dark brown with a tan head and lace. The aroma is heavily smoky, woody, and earthy with even some faint tart fruitiness. Interesting malt complexity with alcohol warmth. Chewy caramel flavour and smokiness along with some dark fruit. Nice depth and overall profile.
Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really dark brown, really frothy tan head - looked amazing. Peat, whisky aroma - nice, but too much whisky. Peat, sweet malt, and whisky in taste - again, really nice, but too much booze. Nice stuff overall, would like to try the non-cask aged version.
GregClow (2795) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught sample at MBG 2006 Summer Festival. Ruby-brown with a small tan head. Aroma is nice & big - malty, peaty, smoky - yeah, that’s a Scotch Ale! Flavour is fairly sweet to start, malt and caramel, with drying notes of whisky and wood as it finishes. This is some fine, fine stuff - jerc is wrong once again!
Terminus (3041) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap at brewpub-ruby hue with a soft soapy off-white head. nose of big oake, smokey as hell-lots of tobacco with some sweet malts and dark fruit tones. Peat moss-yep, its there! Big smokey flavors start but balanced with toffee, chocolate, char, and dark fruits. very nice and pillowy/lush mouthfeal. Truely an outstanding beer. I totally dig this one!
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Michigan Brewers Festival 2006. Hazy dark brown with a small bubbly tan head. (3+) A big woody character dominates over muted retreating sweet malts in the aroma. The pleasant sweet malt character in the flavour is similarly upstaged by an overbearing coarse woody alcoholic presence. Average palate. A disappointment, the wood really spoiled this one for me. I would very much like to try it with less of a barrel influence. May have stayed in the barrel too long for my tastes? Shows promise.
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Michigan BGF 06, Rating #2500: Deep brown hue with no head but a nice oily film. The aroma has notes of smoky and peaty malt, star fruit, plum, grassy hops, earthy yeast esters, and fresh oak.
The taste starts with a smoky but not too powerful character supported by a plum and prune fruity undertone. Displays a woody note more towards the finish and there is just a dash of bitters found within.
The mouth feel is smooth, oily and lush but not sticky nor cloy. A most excellent brew, barrel aged well and restrain use of smoked malt (around 12% per Steve the brewmaster). I can not wait to get a growler of this tomorrow night.