RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with red highlights and a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, pumpernickel, toffee, peat smoke (less obvious than rauchbiers or peaty scotches) and wood. Flavor begins sweet with caramel, brown sugar, and adds plenty of earth, toffee, peaty smoke and dryness. Finishes with only a pinch of bitterness but itís mainly a balance of very gentle smoke, wood, earth, toffee, and lingering caramel. Kinda cloying aftertaste, but itís not actually as annoying as I feared. Medium heavy bodied, seems slightly thin (thanks, filtration!), and the carbonation isnít very creamy. Low alcohol presence. Thereís flaws, sure, but overall Iím really happy I like this as much as I do. Sam Adams: still, a good decision.
jtclockwork (13246) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black. Tan head. Nose and taste of scotch, peat, smoked chocolate malts and brown sugar. Taste has some medicinal and herbal characteristics. Medium body. Chalky mouth feel.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to swalden28. poured a dark brown with ruby highlights and a beige head. aroma and flavor were great with chocolate, fudge, and peat. almost heavy body with decent carbonation. this may become a regular drinker for me.
beerbill (3599) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours deep clear ruby that allows light to pass just along the edges with a thin tan head that lingers through the second sip and leaves light lace. Pleasant aroma of malt with notes of very mild smoke and brown sugar. The flavor is malt with again mild smoke and brown sugar. A bit of the peat comes through in the flavor as well, which I did not get in the nose. There is some moderate alcohol heat towards the finish that lingers briefly before subsiding.
vodka4blood (128) - Miltonboro, Vermont, USA - MAY 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not surprisingly, this is the best Sam Adams Iíve ever had (note: reviewer has severe bias towards this style).
blipp (7839) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours deep deep brown with a beige head. Peaty smokey aroma with earthy notes, a light sweetness and leather. The flavor has peaty smoke, light roasty notes, some light sweetness, and tobacco. Awesome.
Niko100 (2554) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber/brown color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, caramel, & dark fruit; Flavor of smoky malt, dark fruit, caramel, dark chocolate, and some spice; Alcohol at the finish; Overall, not balanced very well - could not get into this one.
Beerman6686 (6043) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a semi cloudy brown color with an off white head. Aroma was of dark fruits, light peat, and some caramel too. Flavor was big and sweet upfront, light alcohol, a very nice peat smoke character that I was not expecting from this beer. Good Stuff.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a near black, dark brown body that appears pretty much opaque. Medium tan and creamy head covers and leaves some lace. Decent retention. Aromas are strong, malty, brown sugar, caramelized. Lightly smokey, peat/phenolic smoke aromas. Bacon even (a bit excessive for me). BBQ, ash, maple, some esters. Dark fruits. Some alcohol. Flavors are smokey (too much for me), malty, bacon, estery and a bit uncommonly bitter for the style (but that does help balance). Neutral, to even a bitter balance (not normal), with some fruit, bready, burnt toffee flavors. Biscuity. Medium esters: plum, raisins and dark fruits. Long duration. Lightly woodsy in the finish. Creamy mouthfeel, full bodied, warming, but ABV is decently well hidden in the taste. Carbonation might be a bit high for this beer (seems like most SA beers, aside from the super high ABV ones, are high in CO2), some carbonic bite. No astringencies. Pretty thick, finishes pretty dry for the style. Tasty, but the peat malt is a bit more than I enjoy for this style. Could also finish a touch sweeter and with less carbonation. Overall pretty tasty.
SanfordBrewer (1453) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2011
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Opaque mahogany with a creamy tan head, sticky full body with medium-high carbonation.
Aroma: strong ans slightly acrid peet smoke, high minerality, and roast malt.
Taste: intense dark smokey malt, earthy herbal hop bitterness, and lingering peaty acridity.
Quite a bit more peat smoke and hop bitterness than most contemporary versions, and possibly more historically correct; but iíd really like more sweet grain, caramel, and roasted meat type of malt flavor in here.