pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2011
22 oz bottle. Got this as part of a trade from my man Sebowski - thanks! Pours nice pitch black and leaves an almost-film on the sides of the glass. Smells strongly of sugar - sugarcane, something like that. It’s probably the syrup in it. I don’t taste a ton of the honey, but that’s not a bad thing. A really sweet finish to it, but it’s really, really good. I like this one a lot, goes down very easy. Sledutah (7524) - Utah, USA - DEC 10, 2011
22oz bottle shared by Doug, thanks riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Appearance: Black with a medium sized tan head and good lacing
Aroma: Smoked salmon and roasted malts
Taste: Roasted malts, smokey and some mid sweetness
Very nice and enjoyable.
On tap. Nose is strong and sweet. Dark roast, molasses, burnt notes, maple, brown sugar, sweet residual sugars, and a touch of smoke. Nice. Pours black, tan head, thick and viscuous as well. Flavor starts with roast and burnt notes, moves through a long sweet stage with molasses, brown sugar, and honey, finishes with a slightly salty sweet smokey notes and more roast to balance and finish. Some warming alcoholic heat, big bodied beer. Big all around. Lots of flavor, lots of body. A solid brew. blutt59 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2011
bottle, thanks to fiveacestx in trade, pours black with tan foam ring, whiskey and wood aroma with a hoppy sweet licorice, coffee and dark chocolate flavor, medium thin body and finish douglas88 (9180) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Bottle thanks to SuperDave- you are the man, but you knew that! Pours a pure black color with a medium brown head. The aroma is sweet maple syrup (OK, birch syrup but I don’t know what that is), some smoke and caramel. A very sweet version of a Stout with the honey and syrup, light smoke, caramel, not much roast or dark fruit. The flavors get dominated by the sweet mix which is a bit of a shame, but it still is a very nice and interesting beer with one hell of a label.
Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Bomber pours a nice and dark mahogany with mocha head leaving behind spotty lacing. The aroma is dark roasted malts, a bit of burnt malts, a sense of honey, molasses and a soft smoky rauch-ness. Behind those notes I get spicy hops and spicy black licorice. The taste starts with sweet molasses, dark roasted malts and a thicket of spicy hops and black licorice. To midway a smooth modest rauch like smokiness billows up to the surface. This has a nice smooth mouth fell. magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 1, 2011
Draught. Pours black with a dissipating white head.
Smells of roast and some sweetness.
Tastes of roasted coffee and smoke with a medium bitterness that doesn’t seem to fit well. Body is medium to full. Carbonation is soft. Texture is syrupy. Finishes astringent. brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Nearly black in color with a finger of tan head. Smells quite heavy on the smoke and roasted malts. A bit of dark chocolate in there, maybe some oatmeal, molasses, and toffee. The flavor is a bit on the bitter side with a heavy roast and smoke flavor. A bit of molasses, coffee, and burnt sugar, maybe some licorice. Medium to full in body with medium carbonation. timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Bottle from Total Wine in Sac. Compared to most Alaskan beers I’ve tried, this is far from thin. It tows the line of a sweet, imperial stout rather well. The only thing I didn’t get was the lingering bitterness in the tongue. Otherwise, the mouthfeel and flavor was excellent. arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Pours a dark black color with a small tan head. Aroma is chocolate malts and something sweet that I can’t identify. The taste is smooth and only slightly bitter. Really quite tame for a RIS. Its really well balanced between bitter and sweet and the honey comes through. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall a very good beer that’s pretty sessionable.