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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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A big bastard of an award winning brew. Exceptionally smooth with rich maltiness and a touch of smoky peat character.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Remarks Thin head.Clear dark ruby red black color.Sweet malt aroma.Mild hops.Creamy rich cloying sweet dark fruit fig black cherry roasted malty minimal smoky heather pine note body.Smooth & Rich.Mild malt spice hot EtOH malty end.Minimal Scottish Bourban notes.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
icmac (33) - Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2009
No overwhelming scents. The head was creamy and left a little lace on the glass. Extremely smooth considering the high alcohol content. Nice malt flavor. Color is dark.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (5142) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2009
bottle thanks to zdk9 from ba. deep amber with a cream head. nose is smokey, malts, light caramel and faint alcohol. nice on the palate with a hearty caramel flavor and a chewy peaty finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5952) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2009 ( 22oz bomber thanks to BA zdk9) pours clear dark reddish brown with spare ring of bubbles. Nose of burnt brown sugar, caramel and light peat. Taste of roasted sweet grains, toasted sugar, alcohol, caramel and peat. A little syrupy and undercarbonated but tastes nice on finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2009
(bottle from RiversideAK). Clear dark brown color. Medium tan head, which is mostly diminishing. Aroma of bread and molasses. Sweet molasses flavor with light alcohol. Avg duration. Thin texture. Smooth finish. Moderate carbonation. Spare lacing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2009
22oz bottle from riversideAK - thanks, Alex! My man hooked me up with the barrel-aged version of this brew a while back, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the base beer is equally complex and inviting. Mellow malts in the nose and then a lively fruit bouquet emerges, pert and intriguing. Full bodied and smooth on the palate, the flavors mingle very pleasantly, with enough hops in there to balance things out. A hint of vanilla but not much smoke or peat in there. Overall, though, a very lively version of the style.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alcohoarder (34) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Rich nose with dark dried fruits and toffee. Intense, slightly cloying malty monster. Finishes with a hint of burnt sugar bitterness. Very good for wintertime sipping next to a roaring fire.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2009
Draft at the brewpub. Pours reddish in color with thin white head. Aroma carmel, smokey and peat. Taste smoke, malty and carmel with bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2010 Rerate of draft version at the brewery. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a moderate beige head that fell to a ring of bubbles before long, but left lacing as I went. Has a sweet malt aroma that reminds me of butter rum flavored candy. The flavor is predominately sweet and rather complex. Mostly it’s a rich, sweet, caramel candy sort of flavor that comes through for me, and a bit of something resembling maple too. Big dried fruit flavors are mixed in along with a notable smokiness. Finishes with an alcohol bite. Has a very full mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7957) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Courtesy of sebletitje. Pours bright amber with thin off white head. The aroma is malts and dark fruitiness with a background of booze. The taste is smooth and rich with chewy rich malts mixing with pears, prunes, ripe cherries and dates. It moves into a bit of earthiness as the finish draws closer. Very nice superposition of flavors.


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