notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At first, I assumed this was the same as the small batch wee heavy they did a while back, since that had cocoa nibs as well - however, I was informed that this brew was "similar, but different" - I am assuming, since this was a larger batch, that they made some changes to the recipe, resulting in a different brew - not sure if it was changed enough, so perhaps these will be combine eventually - this one is certainly a bit darker and significantly heftier than the small batch scotch ale I had - the nose is quite peaty, much more than the other - a lot of earthy peat and sweet caramel notes - fairly full in the mouth - sweet, but not sticky - loads of peat and fairly strong cocoa notes - quite a bit of spicy character and a moderate alcohol burn - earthy and potent, with certain similarities to scotch - lingering spice and peat in the finish - fairly similar to the other wee heavy they made, but much more assertive - I like this one more.
onceblind (7472) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clearish dark dark amber with a bin beige head, with a very lovely aroma of cocoa, raisin, and a little touch of peat. The flavor is interesting in that it actually has a taste that makes you think of Scotland somehow. Full and robust, but also refined, nuanced, and sweet. Nice sweet cocoa tones mix with some twangy smoky peat and a bit of Irish spring soap (in a good way). Also has some accompanying notes of toffee and raisin. Quite lovely.
wchesser (1917) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is strongly caramel malt, but taste is full on peaty smoke. Cocoa is present subtly. Well done and carries the alcohol well. Don’t know if I could do more than one of these due to the smokiness, but this is a good beer. Dark brown, no lacing.
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark ruby red, clear pour with thin off white head, aroma brought nice smoky notes, peat, chocolate and roasted malt in there, some nice caramel and toffee notes with a hint of dark fruit. Taste is a nice combination of smoky chocolate and some nice sweet toffee and dark fruits, touch of grassy earth as well, bitters quite nicely, dug this one!
Ratman197 (13404) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Rengade poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of earthiness, smokje, carmel and light fuittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, smoke and light fruittiness with a smooth lingering smokey finish.