emacgee (4704) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2007
Pours a reddish copper color with a thick, frothy, tan head. The aroma is sweet and malty, caramel, bread, and raisins.Taste is...good. The smoked malt is subdued (a good thing), alcohol is slight, sweet malt, smooth. Satisfying. Definitely not awesome, but not deserving of a 3.2.It seems like it should be rated higher.The palate is not impressive but not a complete let down. The finish is a little warm and sweet. NachlamSie (3534) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Bottle during my NC brew tour. I really don’t expect much from the Carolina Beer Company, but these higher alcohol offerings have really been well executed. The pour is a lush, deep ruby with a fair tan head. Aroma: slightly rough with some stray hay notes, but has some nicer scents of pineapple, caramel, tobacco. Some blackened pineapple rings, cigars, and earthiness make up the flavor, maybe even a tiny hint of port. Overall, it’s much cleaner in the mouth with great malt character. I enjoyed this pretty well. TheBeerGod (6253) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Bottle. Pours out a nice deep brown body with a light tan head. Nose is malty and sweet. Soft peat notes. Light nuttiness as well. Taste is sweet and malty with light fruit notes, soft peat note, caramel, light toffee, and light alcohol. Body is medium and has a moderate carbonation feel. Finishes with more caramel, sweet malts, light peaty flavors, dark fruits and light toffee. Not bad! rhino44 (22) - Afton, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2006
this beer smells and taste like watered down scotch, slightly sweeter with a hint of fruit. very mild fror the 8.5 abv theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Bottle. This is a beautiful pour: deep oak brown color, off-white head. Deep malty and sweet aroma - actually smells like fresh malts at a distillery - slightly smoky as well. Flavors are sweet but not one-dimensional. Malt flavors somewhat like corn flakes, also dark fruits like figs and raisins, maybe chocolate-covered raisins. Some scotch/malt flavor, but not exactly whisky. Sweet fruits come out even more as it warms up. Very tasty, even if the littlest bit sticky.
DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Found this in bottles at Total Wine in Cary. The pour was brownish deep copper with 1-finger tan head. The aroma was of bog corn flakey malt, some toffee, nuts, figs, and a rauchy element. The taste hit me with a solid sweet rauchy malt flavor up front, then yielded to a dark chocolate, faint coffee, some brown sugar, and subdued hops. The alcohol was well hidden, and the palate was medium with decent complexity. Still, this one is rather interesting, and worth a try if you like corn flakey or rauchy beers. Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2005
New "High Gravity" bottled version. ABV is listed as 8.5% on the bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet with hints of caramel and molasses. Flavor is way too sweet and one dimensional. Not recommended.