SanfordBrewer (1502) - 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 i’d really like more sweet grain, caramel, and roasted meat type of malt flavor in here.
Pailhead (6405) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate smoke, peat, chocolate, raisins and a touch of alcohol. It pours a dark reddish-brown with some transparency when held to the light and a one finger beige head that fades to a ring around the edges of the glass. The lacing left behind is some sporadic webbing. The flavor starts with chocolate and toffee. The finish has moderate-strong smoke, peat, and light-moderate alcohol. Full bodied with moderate carbonation and sticky mouthfeel. The alcohol can be a bit harsh at times and doesn’t mix well with the smoke and peat.
LinusStick (3237) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I would never have thought I’d rate a Sam Adams beer over a 4, but wow was this a great beer! Aroma was huge. Strong rich caramel malt with a hint of peat. Very full. Pour was a deep murky brown with a one finger off white head. Taste was awesome. Strong and full caramel and peat with an heavy earthiness. Very sweet and malty with no hop presence at all. Leaves the mouth sweet and sticky. Hides the alcohol deceptively well. Stunning beer!
thegreenrooster (4003) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is an almost black with a small tan head. Aroma has lots of woody aspects along with a nice peat smoke. Flavor is again some peat smoke with a little dark cherry in there. Flavorfull and powerfull
Panzuriel (1952) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep rich black opaque with very fine head of small white foam. Nose is deep in rich roasty malt goodness. Taste is rich full mellow malt goodness with smoky peat tones. Body is full and satiny. very nice. Finishes nice and warmingly. if that’s a word.
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium, creamy tan head, medium retention with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, cookie, toffee, nutty), light hops (woody), and average esters (fruity) with notes of dates, peat/smoke, and faint meat. Flavor is heavy malt (caramel, cookie, toffee, nutty), light hops (woody), and average esters (fruity) with notes of dates, peat/smoke, and faint meat. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation with a sweet finish.
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
120z bottle from Archer Liquors. Very dark brown body that is near copper. A light khaki head on top. The aroma is apple and smoke with some sweet wood and a little bit of toffee. The taste is smoky old toffee and caramel.
wxman (1744) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2011 Pours a nearly opaque, dark cola color with a significant light tan head. Lots of lace. Aroma is prunes and dark roast coffee. Dark fruit comes through in the taste as well, along with sweet dark roasted malt, molasses, honey and espresso. Smoky, too! Pretty busy, but well balanced and delicious. Really, a wee heavy on steriods. Alcohol warmth arrives after the swallow. Yum.
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2011 Pours dark brown with a thin light tan head. Aroma is herbal, sugar sweet, bready cereal. Flavor is slightly fruity, grapes, burnt caramel, a bit creamy. Sweet and a bit grassy; incredibly drinkable. Well done on this one.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep, dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma of dark roast, toffee, peat, dark fruit with an alcohol spice. Flavor is very much the same with a nice sweetness . Heavy body with medium carbonation. Overall, I am very impressed with this brew!