polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of toasted and roasted malts, smoke, peat, caramel, dried dark fruits and cereal. Deep dark amber brown hue with a small light tan foamy head that mostly diminished and left a decent amount of speckled lacing. Very sweet and lightly bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily average with a medium dry finish. Overall a good example of the style and definitely a step in the right direction for the company. Good job Sam Adams.
dmac (4093) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Jonathan Ron. Poured as beautiful as I was hoping into my Double Bastard glass, deep dark reddish brown that was thick and viscous sitting underneath a full thick dense beige head that left a smattering of lace. Aroma was all malt driven with dark fruits, raisin, earth, peat, alcohol. Great body with a full almost creamy mouthfeel with lively small bubble carbonation and just enough heat to let you know this is a sipper that really lingers in the back of your throat for a fee minutes. Flavor of peat, earth, alcohol, dark malts, dry bread, cardboard and smoke. Wow this is Sam Adams, very well done.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
medium/dark brown with large tan head. nose of smoked malt with some crystal. some bitterness before some low crystal malt before touches of roast and smoked malt. some funky yeast esters before a very nice dry finish with lingering depth from the alcohol. to be honest, one of the better sam adams beers i’ve had. very impressed
dlovell2 (839) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark Brown with amber tint. Tan head. Roasted malt smokey aroma. Rich sweet caramel malt flavor. Smokey notes and a bit of alcohol finish. Very enjoyable.
phaleslu (6616) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Wine and Cheese Place. Pours a cloudy amber-brown color with some highlights around the side and a small off-white head. Aroma starts off a little musty and off, but eventually the malts emerge- smoky, peaty, chocolaty, caramel- along with some earth, sugar, and wood. Flavor demonstrates a ton of malt character, too, with caramel, smoke, chocolate, peat, toast, earth, leaves, and spices. Medium-bodied, with a lightly smoky, malty mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. No trace of the 10% ABV can be found. Nice malty sipper.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Black with a light tab head. Malt aroma. Malty taste. Drinkable.
Mora2000 (5789) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is that of peat smoke, dark fruit and some toffee. The flavor is more complex than the aroma. I get a lot of peat smoke, cherries, grapes, plums, toffee and some alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nicely balanced wee heavy where the alcohol is present, but not overpowering. Very drinkable.
adnielsen (9287) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. Pours a dark brown appearance with a brown head. Sweet caramel malty, smoky woody, nutty nose. Creamy, peat smoky, woody, nutty, caramel malty flavor. Smoky, nutty, quite malty finish. Excellent!
JohnnyJ (4411) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown. Heavy sweet malt, molasses, dried dark fruit, light brown sugar, earthy, and a little peat. Medium body, but seems light in contrast to the malt. Too sweet for me, but decent.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The pour is a very deep, dark ruby color with a moderately full, dark beige, pillowy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves scattered, frothy lace. The nose is very peaty, very hard to find other notes; underneath the peat I find raisin, molasses, brown sugar, and dark breads. The flavor is still peat-dominant but does allow for some malt richness to show through; lots of brown sugar, light raisin, some molasses, faint roast, and slight nuttiness. The palate is more than medium, nearly lively, and a bit slick in texture. The beer finishes fairly long with still brown sugar, slight raisin, peat, and an herbal/leafy bitterness. About what I expected from SA, nice attempt with plenty of flaws. The peat is way overdone, especially considering that a good scotch ale derives the peat notes from the yeast and Scottish water. Also, the palate is weak, and the finish does not lead me to want another sip with the misplaced bitter notes. Typical SA beer.