craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2009
í06 bottle shared with TheBeerSommelier - thanks Matt... Pours a deep caramel color... Little head... medium body, sweet and aged malt aromas as well as some dark fruit... a touch of smoke... feels nice through the mouth... a bit of alcohol in the back... as well as some bitterness on the finish which is surprising for a 2-3 yr old bottle ... really enjoyed this one. very well balanced. puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - APR 12, 2009
12oz bottle acquired in trade. Pour is a deep plum purple with a head consisting of thin white wisps and a ring of off-white cream. The aroma is nicely smoky with some caramel notes. The flavor is smoky and sticky sweet. The smoke keeps the sweetness from being too strong. There is some dark fruit, like black cherries as well. A pleasant, interesting scotch Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2009
Pours bark amber/red with a fizzy light-brown head. Aroma is heavily malt driven, of grain and toasted malts, lightly yeasty, dough, grapes, pear and cherries. Flavor is balanced twords sweet, toasty, malty, carmel/tofee. Medium bodied, watery, and almost flat. Maltybones (62) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 6, 2009
Bottle. Deep red-brown colour, very little head or noticable carb. Carmalized sugar, chocolate, bread and nuts in the aroma. Rich rounded caramel, smoke, dark fruit and chocolate in flavour. Good sticky mouthfeel and not nearly as warming as abv would suggest. Dangerously delicious. MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2009
Bottle thanks to msante79!
SrSilliGose (3330) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 30, 2009
Murky chestnut, small beige ring. Nose has lots of malt, sugar, and raisin. More malt in the mouth, sweet, slightly earthy and nutty with some bark and minor smoke. Moderate weight, long earthy malt finish. Pretty well rounded example, no outstanding qualities but nothing lacking.
wtf is going on on the label. tried to figuer that out the whole time i was drinking this smooth, well balance, big beer lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Bottle in trade from ketcherpillar. Thanks man! Pours dark red and clear with as short lived offwhite head. Smell is faint peat along with nutty and fruity with caramel malt. Does have a caramel apple like aroma to it, as the description states. Taste is chocolate and malt with a touch of peat character. Medium to thin body with soft carbonation. Alcohol does show somewhat in the taste, but still a pretty decent beer considering Iím not crazy for the style. EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Nice to have tried, donít need to but again. Nice balance of toffee and nuts, malt and fruit, surrounded in warmth which suits the burnt toast notes. soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2009
12 oz bottle. Got a 4 pk of this, so Iím hoping for the best. Pours a dark caramel brown color with a typical head of Dark Horse (aka, no head to speak of, and whatever there was, it died quickly). Smells of lots of caramel malt, some fruit (apple Iím pretty sure), and a hint of cinnamon. Tastes of some chocolate, a bit of smoke typical with a scotch ale, and caramel malt. Goes down fairly smooth. Honestly, the ícommercial descriptioní that ratebeer has for this is the most accurate one Iíve read. Overall a decent beer, though if you like scotch ales, I would suggest Founders Backwoods Bastard. waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2009
bottle. thanks Joe. deep mahogony our with almost no head. very fragrant caramel, toffee, nutty malts. full malty body. toffee, choco, rounded out with some dark fruits. nice.