Oakes (17274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2009
Murky chestnut with a light head. Earthy nose is toffee and caramel richness. Soft, full, rich mouthfeel. Soft, chewy toffee notes, very sweet and lush. Hints of peat and wood. Well-balanced. bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2009
750, thanks, Scrizzz! Pours hazy brown with a lacy beige head. Sweet caramel aroma with a hint of smoke. Medium-light body and carbonation. Caramel and toast taste. A bit hoppier on the finish than I like for this style. Probably worth keeping around for a couple of years until the hops drop out. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2009
(PPSG09, 22oz bottle) Murky brown body topped by small tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel/toffee, light smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some toffee, smoke/peat. Some stickiness, medium-full body. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Bomber shared by ucusty at the Carolina Crew gathering - thanks, David! Nice looking pour, dusky and copper colored with a full head. Campfire aromas blend with sweet malts, a nice touch. Thinnish body and mellow carbonation. Sweet candy emerges in the flavor, with bready malts and toffee coming to the fore. A shame there isn’t more smoke in the flavor, as that’s what I found most distinctive and would have bumped it up for me. Still, a very solid brew and I’d like to try it again. BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Bottle acquired via TampaBrew...THANKS AGAIN GARY!!! Crimson and mahogany pour into the glass producing a creamy eggshell head. Quite sweet with notes of brown sugar, alcohol, chocolate, alcohol, dark fruit, alcohol, and caramel. Although the 8.5% isn’t extreme, the other flavors couldn’t overcome it’s impact. More creamy than most of the style. Expected more.
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2009
25 oz bottle, via TheCheeseMan. Pours a slightly hazy brownish amber body with a small beige head that ran to a thin ring. Big thick malty nose with just a touch of peat, some noticeable alcohol, and light cocoa liquor. A light hint of marshmallow? The flavor is sweet up front but fades to a slightly grainy, heavy, roasty, lightly peaty finish. Tastes a little murky to me really. Mouthfeel is full, a little clingy, with soft fizzy carbonation. A lingering huskiness. Overall, pretty good, but it didn’t hit the sweet spot for me. Too much husky chaff flavor. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2009
750 courtesy of Tampabrew. Pours brown with a thin tan head. Smells of roasted malt, sweet. Tastes of peated malt, sweet malt, oranges, some sweet caramel. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a translucent ruby brown wit ha small bubbly tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, toasted malt, molasses, light smoke and vanilla. Flavor toasted malt, molasses, dark fruits, light smoke and earthy notes. MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2009
9th Richmond RB Gathering, courtesy of dkachur. Dark fruits, raisin roast chocolate in aroma. Clear very dark amber brown with little head. Flavor has big roastyness with chocolate and moderate grain astringency. Finish is malty with moderate residual bitterness. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2009
750 ml shared at Flossmoor’s Oktoberfest. Pours a nice dark brown raisiny pour, red ad brown and near opaque, a good tannish head that dies to a thick film that laces, bubbly. Not bad looking. Aromas are a good dar fruit, cherry and raisin, with caramel and toffee malts with a creamy sweetness, a touch of peat, but dark fruit dominant over any peaty smoke, a touch of vanilla. Fairly sweet. Body is moderate, a good underlying sweetness, caramel and dark fruit, a bit syrupy and sweet in the finish and lingering on the palate, light bitterness, a touch of vanilla. Raisin, faint peat, roasty malts. A thicker, sweeter beer. Decent balance, a little big for me. A good candidate for Barrel Aging it seems, to kill a little thickness/sweetness. Not bad. A solid Scotch Ale overall.