JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2013 OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint at brewpub. Good aroma, sweet, molasses, raisin, peat. Brownish orange color, good head and lace. Sweet flavor. Medium body, oily creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. Good, big on the peat. Nice mouthfeel. Classic.
On tap at BCBB, Durham. Vibrant hues on this pour, amber and crimson streaked together. Soft medium head. Nose is pretty inviting, toffee, peat, and char along with a mild fruitiness. Body is a bit oily, but nothing unpleasant. Flavors are pretty aggressive, so peaty that in places it seemed halfway to a rauchbier. But for the most part well balanced and enjoyable. emacgee (4705) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Soft vivid ruby orange with one finger of sandstone tan head. Nose shows a touch of peat and burnt sugar, herbal hop quality. Toasted grain and a touch of sweetness. Spicy alcohol an some peat smoke showing through. Medium body with a slickness that reminds me of fruit skins. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Tapat the brewpub. Clear deep amber to brown pour. Weaker head. Sure rich malty nose with maple and toffee. Some butter. Taste is spicy, wood, smoky like actual Islay Scotch whiskey. Actually quite good. Tangy, spicy, malty. Muted peat works well. Not aggressive.
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