willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 28, 2006
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
02.28.06 12oz can. Deep chestnut brown with ample and thick tan head that lasts and laces stickily. Aroma is a big kick of yummy peat and wood smoke and sticky-sweet nutty malts. Itís way more smoky than I expected, thatís a pleasant surprise. But the beer doesnít seem to have a definite direction - itís very sweet and rather than being a showcase of its malts, seems more a simple conglomeration of many sweet malty flavors, not complex as advertised. Iím not going to lie, I am really enjoying the smoked malts, but the rest just seem to be getting in the way with all their caramel, toffee, taffy, and some unsettling mineral notes. Finishes with some slight cocoa and lacticity that combine to give a dusty driness out of left field. After all the near cloying sweetness of the beer, this ashy and dusty finish is not only out of place, but pretty unsettling. Boy, this stuff has some real highs and lows.
GonZoBeeR (2821) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On can at the EBF...
Aroma:light caramel aroma....
Appearance:Dark brown,light brown head...
Flavor:Strong carmale flavor,light bitterness,nutty and rosted malt...
jgioviano (23) - kildeer, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a friend picked up a sixer just because of the name...expected the worst, but was a solid beer. creamy with a roasty caramel flavor and a smooth finish
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample (can), EBF 2006. Clear, very dark mahogany with a lasting just-off-white head and bit of lace....nose is full-on caramel, sweet and burnt by turns, smoky and lightly herbal (oregano)....dry, woody, character initially in the body, with caramelized banana and oaky vanilla delightful at first, but....turns too dry and ashy, even somewhat dull and turgid at the finish...low-to-medium carbonation, average fullness of body. A nice beer, but somewhat disappointing given expectations.
Lubiere (9428) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark clear brown ale with a thick moka head. Sweet caramel aroma, with pleasant butterscotch and vanilla. In mouth, sweet malt with vious notes, warm alcohol, but a bot short in mouth. A novelty scotch in a can. Can at the CNY Brewfest 2006.
pinkzambia (1395) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 11, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On Tap at Old Chicago (mall): Dark, dark borwn with a very small light brown head. The aromsa were surprising because I picked up a little smokieness, like a porter. The taste demonstrates some sweetness like cola with high carbonation. But, I wasnít as impressed - it just seemed to have a somewhat nasty and bland taste. So, its ok.
CapFlu (4361) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Can) Sampled at the Central New York Brewfest in Syracuse on February 4, 2006. Iím sad to report that when I say it was the second time I hit the can today that it wasnít the toilets. I have no idea what this brewery is doing? Its poured from a can. Its a scottish lactic ale? Smokey, porterish and grainy? I donít think this beer has an identity.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - JAN 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2006 This beer is just cool because itís in a can. Itís a decent scotch ale, but itís not my favorite style. Really creamy and malty with lots of caramel.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This just blows me away that this brewrey churns out consistently great beers in a can. It must be because the succeeded so well with their stuff in bottles, and then just just transfered that knowledge into a can level product. Rich deep brown, with big malty aromas and flavors. Chocolate and caramel, a bit of honey, and some sweet almost floral hoppiness. Perfectly roasted with a nice smooth mouthfeel.
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ok, this beer came in the "forbidden can" for craft brew that is. My first thought as I opened the can is am I in college again? But then the enjoyment of one of the best beers Iíve had came into my mind. This beer pours a sexy brown with some light penetrating through the bottom of the ale. It leaves a thick beige head that never goes away.
As I smelled this ale the roasted chocolate, smokey nuts, and some floural essence is very present maybe honeydew, lilacs. The taste of this beer is sweet up front with chocolate malt that penatrates to core of the palate, then a small hint of bitterness rises up from the malted chocolate to relax the palate after the sweetness and finished with a smokey smooth coating on the throat like a finely made "bechemel sauce". This is a fantastic brew one that I wish I bought more of.