cellar (508) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 4, 2008
Red amber with nice lasting head. aroma of ripe fruit and roasted caramalt. Some flowers develops in mouth. Flavour is mainly sweet with a short bitter dry finish. phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Pours a dark reddish-brown colour with a full, off white head. Scattered polka dot lacing on the glass. Aroma is pleasent, mildly malted, slight caramel and lightly roasted coffee. Taste is lighter as well, not a lot of carbonation, so retention is poor. But taste is sweet and creamy. User29624 (1683) - - JUL 27, 2008
Pours a dark brown. Aroma of malt and caramel. Not that much to it, plain beer but decent enough. I didn’t get as much hop balance out of it as I would have liked. Okay, but I probably wouldn’t have again. Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Poured dark brown with coppery highlights. The head was kind of thick with decent retention and lacing. The aroma was lots of malt and caramelly sweetness. The flavor is dominated by malt that is only barely cut with light spice and sweetness. Transitions downhill quickly into a dry, unpleasant, chalky finish. swanmann (777) - Nompton, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Bottle pours clear auburn with moderate ashy tan head. Smokey, slightly sweet malty aroma. The flavor has a crisp hoppyness with smooth roasted bitterness. Pretty good.
punainen6 (93) - FINLAND - JUL 21, 2008
Bottle. Deep red color with a reasonable sized head. Smell has smoke, wood and hops. Tastes about the same with tiny hints of licorice and caramel. Spices could be little stronger so it would come together better. Now it feels almost like missing its full potential, but noneless a good beer. TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 21, 2008
Bottle (in NZ), pours a clear reddish brown with a large foamy head. Good smokey malt aroma, a little bready. Full mouthfeel, toffee malt flavour with a drying finish with hints of cloves. Drinks well. bretupdegraff (243) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 poured a clear dark amber with a very tall off white head that did not taper down for a long time.
kind of smokey taste interesting spice. Not what I expected. Good beer but not great.
WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours a clear ruby-hued mahogany with a nice off-white head and good carbonation. Aroma is earthy and smoky, with hints of grain, smoke, wood, anise, and a bit of hops. Flavor is light-bodied and flat, with an unexpectedly sweet flavor of banana, anise, cloves, and hops giving way to a dry finish of smoke and wood. Interesting flavors, but uninspired character. BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2008 RE-RATE: It’s just as malty and fruity as before, but as I’ve been drinking this I’ve noticed it’s a bit over carbonated. That is really my only compaint.