Fatehunter (1414) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a finger of tan head on a dark brown body. Looks great.
The aroma is wonderful: molasses, dark chocolate, coffee and brown sugar.
The taste starts off lighter: vanilla and nuts. Then moves to a sweet profile: brown sugar, malty and a black licorice and alcohol heat finish.
The texture is a little sticky with low carbonation.
It’s a great beer and interesting... but at quite a price.
Daytonbeer (677) - Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours orangish brown with small off white head. Aroma of molasses and malts. Taste is even better...carmel malts, molasses, salt, and alcohol.
maxwelldeux (3959) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a clear brown color with almost no head on it at all. Nose has a lot of spice in it - sugar comes through, and I get some cocoa notes (though that might be the molasses). Taste is slightly sweet and just a tad roasty. Very interesting and complex beer.
mnoud (289) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013.05.17 - Widmer Brothers Kill Devil Ale ’13 - 22oz bottle in pint glass. 2013 Vintage.
Aroma: sweetness, almost honey.
Appearance: Pours around 12 on SRM scale. Around Newcastle Brown Ale in color. Not much carbonation but a token slick/cap lingers.
Taste: Part way between a brown ale and a strong ale, basically. Front end is kind of brown sugar-y, and fades to back end that is a more generic sweetness. Almost honey-like, but presumably the sugar noted in ingredients.
Palate/Mouthfeel: Fairly light, a mild creaminess. Traces of alcohol,warmth on back end.
Aroma 8/10, Appearance 4/5, Taste 8/10, Palate 4/5, Overall 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4452) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle - $12.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a medium reddish-brown body, a bit garnet-hued, with a less-than-clear clarity. Medium-small, off-white head.
Smell: Toasty, caramel malts, a bit sweetish in scent, with faint, faint hints of chocolate. Also, varied, rum-dipped fruit (albeit light) hints of cherry, fig, and plum.
Taste: Brown sugar and darkened caramel, a resounding dark toasted malt with slight shards of chocolate, of roast. Medium sweetness. As with the aroma, there’s a good, pleasing fruitiness. Lightly herbal, earthy hops with a modest bitterness. Veins of rum, molasses noted. Sweetish, malty, smooth finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.
Overall: It’s good. I mean, everyone likes a nice, big, malty brown, right?
Everyone likes a brown ale.
gregwilsonstl (1189) - Missouri, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice brown. Very thin head. Hints of alcohol. Brown sugar. Slight pecan. Rum flavor.
RobertDale (3859) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At a tasting. Comes dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma of malt, molasses, and rum. Taste is roasted malt, molasses, rum, and caramel. Nice to sip on.
unclemike (2363) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAY 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pretty dark brown with a 1/4 inch beige head. Lots of rum and treacle in the aroma. Full bodied. Flavor is massively treacle with rum and some citrus and arguably pear. It burns slightly. I’m thinking this massively flavorful ale will age well. Brilliant concoction.
Dogbrick (8907) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Hal & Al’s. Pours a hazy brown color with a medium khaki head that recedes slowly. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt and rum. Medium to full body with flavors of roast malt, oaky rum and mild hops. The finish is sweet with a rum and molasses aftertaste. Decent overall.
pdx77 (1461) - Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2014 On draught at Bailey’s Taproom 4/20/13. Reddish brown color. Sweet pitted fruit aroma. Taste is smokey, boozy, with definite molasses notes. Warming finish. On draught at Widmer’s new Brewery and Pub 3/29/14. Barrel strength version, at 12% ABV. Opaque amber brown color. Aroma is dark rum and molasses. Taste is black strap molasses, with touches of rum and salted caramel. Viscous and smooth.