ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 2/9/13.16.9 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a deep cola brown color. The head is a one finger white shade which quickly descends into a thin film. Lacing is okay.
S: This is quite caramel-forward in its malt profile, and also some biscuity malt/yeast interplay as well. There’s an element of dry chocolate here, alongside some brown sugar, molasses I have some trouble detecting the oak barrel here, but it’s not a negligible presence. Quite pleasant.
T: At first, I notice some vaguely smoky caramel malts, before giving way to some brown sugar and molasses. The exhales present a lot of smoky chocolate on the palate - and is probably my least favorite aspect of this, due to how dangerously close they come to tasting like flatulence. Unlike Jacobite, there’s a faint presence of leafy, herbal finishing hops which helps balance the sweet maltiness in conjunction with the barrel tannins. Not particularly complex, but it goes down with superb ease.
M: Extremely clean and dry finishing. A slight amount of alcohol-concealing residual sugar lingers past the initial tannin presence - however after a while the tannic quality accumulates, which goes even further toward drying the palate out. I might even surmise that the heavy (but not harsh) dryness kills its potential complexity. Firm yet gentle carbonation helps ease this one down superbly.
O: Personally, I’m more inclined to prefer a less bone-dry Scotch ale (like Old Chub). I’m also a bit let down in its lack of depth; but on the flipside, the drinkability this presents is impressive. All things considered, a bit too expensive ($8/16.9 oz) given that it seemingly focuses on drinkability over complexity. That doesn’t mean it isn’t very good, however.
petewhitley (294) - JAPAN - DEC 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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Wittales (513) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearnace was clear reddish black with diminishing creamy beige 1 finger head, spotty lacing. Aromas are caramelized roasty malts then deep fruits come out to play with smooth clean English yeast nose. No alcohol yet. Taste was fruits of plum, raisin, date, cherry then the slight woody toffee malts, mild alcohol present. Palate was soft creamy smooth CO2 with medium-full body, then lasting fruity woody balanced finish. A good solid wee heavy.
Theydon_Bois (5201) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared on the train from Inverness to Plockton, from Tomlinsons, 19/10/13.
Chestnut brown with reddish hues and a moderate light tan covering.
Nose is dark fruit, figgy jam, sherry notes, woody tones, fruit loaf, brown sugars.
Taste packs a little boozey vein, caramelised muscavado sugars, Xmas cake, dates, prunes.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, sweet finale with a little lacing of booze.
Ok stuff, drinkable and lightly warming.
Kristall-König (2001) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - NOV 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Geruch dunkelmalzig, schokoladig, röstig, fruchtig, Waldbeeren. Süßlich-malziger Beginn. Mitte bitterschokoladig, malzig-röstig, weinartig, Holzfaß. Abgang malzbitter, Röstnoten. Gutes Bier.
Dorqui (2028) - Brescia, ITALY - NOV 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 0,33L. Dark brown color, deep and solid aspect with an elegant clear nut head of long resistance. Liquor and alcoholic nose, complex and equilibrate nose, notes of smoked wood, cortex, barley and marsala. Pleasant equilibrate mouth, little smooth palate with a long and perfumed final.
ClassyBeagle (291) - USA - OCT 30, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
FROM NOTES: July 1, ’12
330ml bottle poured into a tulip with my buddy in Napa, CA.
A: Caramel malts strong on the nose, with molasses notes, and maybe some figs and/or dates. I can taste the alcohol, but it doesn’t feel out of place, and sort of compliments the dark malty profile. An inviting aroma that fits the style well, it warms to reveal some nutty tones, along with toffee and subtle woodsy notes.
A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a small head that dissipates fairly quickly. Not a ton of lacing, but it does gives some nice legs with each sip, coating the glass in suds.
T: This is a very robust malty flavored beer. A dark caramel malt base is the backbone for a variety of flavorful notes to come through. Dark fruits, (figs and/or dates) and just a touch of black cherries can be identified. Alcohol warmth and a molasses taste give it some hearty weight. Hazelnut and hints of toffee and maple add to the sweeter side, and oak and peat provide some delicious earthy tones. Finishes with just the right amount of alcohol heat, along mild bitterness and cocoa. Truly a well crafted flavor profile, and a damn drinkable beer.
P: Smooth and creamy. Low carbonation, with a medium-to-heavy weight to the body. Slight warmth in the finish with mild lingering bitterness.
O: A dark, complex, and flavorful beer. As a major fan of the style, I consider this the standard by which all others are measured. DELICIOUS!!!
andrewturba (727) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear deep brown, with ruby highlights, a nice creamy half inch of off white head that slowly shrinks though stays full, dense and with good legs. Aroma is rich maltiness, caramel, earthy, peaty, oak, some dark fruity esters and light alcohol. Flavour is caramelized sugars, rich maltiness, oak, vanilla, nutty, earthy, a touch of alcohol, roasted malts, chocolate, raisins and plum esters. Absolutely loving this beer.
Strykzone (4194) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Corral. Clear dark brown with amber highlights. A thick one finger head. A sweet aroma of dark fruit with brown sugar and oak. Complex fruit is tasted along with a slow growing sour bitterness. Raisins. This is like a fruit cake in liquid form. It is so complex. Some chocolate is a surprise but this beer has a few of those. Toffee. Just a bit of alcohol warming and some chemical flavor.
Scrapersnbeer (1245) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Earthy fruit bread, black cherry and woody booze aroma. Medium brown color, thick looking. Very sweet flavor, mild bitterness, surprise dryness. Plenty of toffee, yet it seems to me more a Belgian brown winter offering. Not heavy, has aftertaste and feel of black iced coffee. Pretty substantial for moderate strength.
Westchesterco (662) - mclean, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from a bottle it is a reddish brown ale with a slight cream
Color head. The aroma is of mocha and a hint of cherry the taste seems unusual with a netaluc taste That resonates bitter on the palate