dyetube (1146) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours a very deep amber that is almost black. You take a whiff of this thing and wow does it smell tasty! And the taste is no disappointment. I taste the caramel, orange peels and spiciness, almost like a black lager but not as dry... This is by far one of saint Arnold’s best brews! Can’t wait to have another later on tonight! Cheers!
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2007 (Bottle) Pours a mahogany body with small beige head. Aroma of nuts, smoke, peat, and caramel. Flavor of smoked sausage, orange peel, and caramel malt with a dry, bitter finish.
presario (4428) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 25, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Minimal head. Dark brown. Great aroma of peat, earth, smoke and a hint of caramel. Excellent taste. One sip is a pleasure. Very rich peat molasses toffee taste. Delicious peaty candy. Interesting depth and character. each mouth feel is a different combination of peat, molasses. and toffee.
Mutualaid (142) - Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark with a thin, brown head. Aromas of toffee, alcohol, and toast with no appreciable hop bouquet. Very deep, sweet, caramel flavor with hints of black tea(!); finishes dry and smoky. This would be good with Texas barbecue (too bad I don’t eat meat). Quite a complex brew.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - MAR 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of bu11zeye. Poured dark with ruby highlites and a fizzy off-white head. Aroma of heavy smoke, dark fruit, a bit of sweetness and alcohol. Taste is rich and smokey, with notes of fruity raisiny sweetness, molasses, and lots of dry alcohol to warm the finish. Smoky and complex, this is a well-made scotch ale. Perhaps a bit overly dry in the finish and slightly less elegant than the epitomes of this style, but still quite well executed. Nice.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle via trade with legion 242 - Thanks! - Pours dark ruby copper with a fair tan creamy head that stays well and laces the sides of the glass. Good aroma of caramel, raisin, a touch of smoke and some earthy notes. Flavor is caramel, smoke, raisin, peat, and a touch of spice on the finish. Good medium body with a pretty nice creamy mouthfeel. Good tasty brew.. I liked it..
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Suprisingly found a bunch of this at a Kroger Signature store in Webster. Body is a brown ruby, with no head. Aroma is caramel, alcohol, chocolate, prunes, dried cherries, light orange zest. Taste is tabacco, rasiens, smoke, like chocolate which accents the smoke well. Pretty good beer, and if the alcohol is really 9.5 then it’s well hidden.
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grabbed a six pack at Central Market Austin last Wednesday, finally got to try one. Dark ruby appearance, little brown head. Caramel malty aroma. Flavor is dark fruit, caramel malt, hints of orange, lots of smoke flavor. Creamy mouthfeel, interesting complex beer. My first of this style, but I look forward to the remaining 5.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2007 -Ratings update below- Bottle from Spec’s. Pours beautiful brown with amber highlights, with a faint head of light coffee. Aroma is a mixture of nuts and butter, with slight spikes of peaty smoke in there. A bit of acrid copper aroma lurks behind it all. Flavor is a rush of chocolatey peat offset by Irish coffee and butter. A slight pinch of caramel comes into play at times. Thick mouthfeel that spreads in layers along the palate. Finishes with hints of cinammon, nutmeg, and a touch of coriander, all washed in peat smoke. As it warms, the peat and smoke become more prominent. This beer isn’t blowing me away, but I feel confident that letting it sit for awhile will mellow the sweetness and allow the smoke to shine through a bit more.
UPDATE: After sitting for a few months, the ingredients have setttled into their roles quite nicely. The peat is superb right now, providing a rich, full, and delicious layer of smoke to the sweet candy undertones. NICE beer; the best of the lot so far.
fly (1392) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
what better time than fading aned half drunk at the tail end of a long week might be better to rate a beer that is NOT of my favorite style, but has in return a somewhat favored review? I was not awestruck, but did enjpy the bitter richness. there’s more than one layer here for sure and glad to have a handful of test models to take their long last walk across my tongue.
so there it is - another half cocked rating to be further embellished as more time and divine intervention pervails ...