Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown, light tan head with lots of lace and a sweet chocolately aroma. Sweet and malty, bit too sweet for my liking but still good overall.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz can from CMUBEERMAN. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells spicey with some malty notes. Tastes slightly vegetal with dough, spice, nuts, and some rosey hints. Finishes sweet with more spicey elements.
Ughsmash (7184) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Poured a clear, deep garnet with a 1.5" well-retained caramelly-beige head... nice lacing followed it down.. just beautiful. Nose was quite full of sweet, toasty malts (caramel, toffee, chocolate) with a healthy dose of smoked peat. Herbal notes also wafted through. Flavor was confusing and a bit of a let-down after the nose... all of the smooth, sweet, and smoky malts were present from the nose.. but there were odd metallic highlights and the herbal bitterness around the sides was not well-placed. The smooth and smoky finish was rather cloying and difficult to get down. There was a lot of good stuff going on in this one.. a little refinement could make it great.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep reddish-brown with a two-finger beige head. Aroma of thick toffee, caramel, and peaty smoke. The flavor is mostly sweet, with that smokiness coming in toward the middle The end is peaty and alcoholic. A tad too sweet, but otherwise excellent; more smoky and less caramel-ish malt flavors would make it incredible. Cloyingly creamy mouthfeel.
willblake (2654) - 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 (2941) - 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 (10472) - 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 (1530) - 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.