JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2008 Pours a nice dark brownish black with darker head. Light smokey peat and toffee aroma. Flavor starts off well enough, but fades quickly, too quickly to a watery finish.
Per my Father: "It has a finish reminiscent of that first step into a warm, steaming barn in Winter."
fidemaster (253) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rich Black color. Nice earthy aroma. Rich dark ale taste, mixed in with a lot of malt. We also have a smokey peat taste like a great scotch. Only negative was it was a little watery.
crossovert (6143) - Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Take a smoky peaty scotch ale and and a buttload of roasted malt. It will put hir on your chest.
vtafro (2331) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a touch of tan head. Darker malt oak and peat aromas. Woody favors with some darker malt tones.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown-black, quick dissipating tan cover. Aroma is light peat reek, caramel, bready malt, chocolate. Taste is stronger peat, some chocolate, toffee, caramel, a bit thin.
drpimento (2086) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2011
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
I let it warm a tiny bit before trying. Poured with an average light tan head that quickly subsided to a very thin cover, ring, and a tiny bit of lace. Color is hazy/cloudy brown amber. Aroma is malt, toffee, roast, caramel. Flavor is similar, plus has the carbonic tang, a little peat, and not much sweet also has a shade of sour that makes me think it’s turning.. Body is perhaps a bit thin and carbonation a bit forced. Finish is like flavor and of average length.
Tmoney99 (9988) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid smooth malty aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy balanced bittersweet flavor with a medium smooth bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid brew.
JK (4238) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown with some visible sediment. Aroma has malt, some red wine, red meat and a little smoke. Flavor is sweet, lightly smoked, and a very light tart flavor. Good.
arkurzynski (1373) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown with red hints. Smooth cocoa, mild fruit esters, and caramel malt. Taste is smooth roasted malt, mild dark fruit, caramel malts and finishes with a light, dry toastiness. Porter:Scotch 60:40 would be my description. Fairly light on the palate, but pretty good. Better than expected and wouldn’t mind trying again sometime.
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Served in a tulip.
Pours a very dark brown with some crimson highlights. Half-finger off-white head stays around for awhile before falling into a thin cap with some bubbles on top. A bit of spotty lacing. The nose carries some roasted malt and dark fruits, but also shows early signs of an infection. Slight acidic character along with some cherry. The flavor shares the same components with a slight acidity in the finish. Other than that, medium body and low carbonation with a moderate amount of sweetness. Could be a decent enough beer without the sanitation issues.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-05-2011
DrnkMcDermott (2738) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. $2 single @ Ray’s, Wauwautosa. Not quite "black," but still a deep brown pour in my shaker glass, with a nice eggshell colored head. Smell shows just a little bit of peat, and a slight touch of phenol. Taste is quite a bit of all right, though. Yes,warm,slightly smoked Scotch malts without the hint of harsh black malt bitterness. Much malt forward, website lists this as 6.3% abv. No discernible hops outside of a balance to the malts. Though somewhere down there I detect a note of pineapple juice. Or is that phenol? No, don’t think so. Very nice,warm beer that could stand to be issued in bombers or barreled.