Dough77 (822) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Aroma is loaded with caramelly malts, some ligher peat coming through as well. Looks like liquid toffee, and quite frankly, tastes like it too! Very sweet with a nice toasty quality to it. Overall quite taste, great treat on Christmas night! Thanks to secret santa 09 for this gem. Haslinger (984) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2009
bottle shared with kegbear. Oh man this one smells like caramel and some toffee. It tastes the same with an awesome bit of chocolate cocoa as it warms it slightly mellows and the cocoa becomes a bit more pronounced. This beer is awesome! drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2009
750ml, pours hazed ruby with tan head. Nose of of dark fruit, toffee, and cocoa powder. Flavors have bakers chocolate, dates, and toffee. Malty brew, med body. Tasty beer. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2009
750ml bottle courtesy of HOPSHUNTER – thanks Jason! Pours a hazy dark reddish brown with a one finger tan head that leaves nice lacing. The nose is slightly sour upfront with peat, light chocolate, roasted nuts and toasted caramel malt. The taste is burnt malt, ashy cocoa, caramel and faint coffee with some smoky peat in the finish. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Really good, probably the best of the style that I’ve had to-date. Thanks again for sending this my way Jason! Tmoney99 (14985) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Bottle from Kingdom Liquor. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted sweet malt and earthy aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toffee flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good brew.
hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2009
again, thanks to rusty for breaking this out 9/27/2009.
pours dark, dark, dark.... an orange-reddish shade of brown with a big dense beige head.
it smells like nutty fig cake... a touch sour, molasses, brown sugar, a little alcohol sting, figs, cake flour, sweet grain and earthy spice.
the taste makes me think of earthy toasted pecans covered in butter and brown sugar... then a dry finish followed with a nutty coffee-like aftertaste.
the body is medium, dry yet coating and terribly easy to put away.
remanes...ha!8/5/8/4/15/4.0 Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Bottle. Poured redish brown, with a relatively small tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, bread, light spice, roasted malt. Some mild dark fruit as well and a little booze. Taste is similarly sweet, with some dark fruit, spice, and lightly boozey finish. Mouth is sticky with light carbonation. Overall, really solid scotch, very nice. NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Bottle from Beerlando in Secret Santa. Pours a nice ruby red/brown with a stiff tannish head. Nose is sweet, caramel, bread, earth and roast. On taste, Perfect soft carbonation with a big roasty malt note that couples well with the sweet bready notes. Pretty damn good stuff. theisti (4206) - Kansas, USA - NOV 6, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 750 ml bottle from Suttree. Pour is dark burgundy, clear ruby and a firm, pretty three inch tan head. Thick chewy lacing left behind as the beer falls. This is a really nice looking beer. Aroma of earthy, grainy natural maltiness - just a hint of charred roastiness behind. After the beer opens, there is some vegetal green pepper that comes out, detracting a bit. Taste is the nose, earthy and malty, green pepper behind that, and finishing with the lingering charred roastiness. Nice transition of flavors, though not a ton of integration. Palate is medium, perhaps on the lighter side of Scotch Ale. Just a hint of alcohol, which made this a nice warmer. This was a good one. Thanks for sending this my way Phil. RCL (2032) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Very rich aroma. Notes of caramel and toffee. The taste, however, is not super sweet. Nice roasted malts with a hint of smoke, and a nice rich mouthfeel.