BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle (no bottling date visible). Pours with a near black body with a large and lasting off-white head. Aromas are roasty, very sweet, overripe fruits, VERY estery, raisins, dark fruits, a bit smokey (even phenolic), tobacco, vegital and a hint of acetaldehyde. Messy yeast wise if not a touch infected. Flavors are dry, smokey (strong), leather, chlorophenolic, medicinal, caramel, pear esters. Lively carbonation, oddly dry, medium bodied. Mild infection starting. Strykzone (7308) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bomber from Hayduke. This poured with a noisy fizzy head that fizzled before it could grow. It keeps bubbling up but again, dies just as quick. This is almost black with red. I smell some chocolate but only a bit. There is a bit of smoke, peat, and chocolate tasted. Later, some grassy hops were tasted and even later some citrus. Nothing seemed to want to step up here and something needed to. As it were it was a bit muddled. It was, however, very drinkable and at times even nice. However, those times were too few and far between. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle:   Deep brown, a little mudy, moderate foamy beige head, spotty lacing.   Big heavy bready aroma,
slight peat and charred wood/campfire.   Has a bit of pasture too, which is unexpected.   Aroma seems like a cross
between a Scotch Ale and a Black IPA.   Seems to have a good dose of breadiness and dark pitted fruit ont he tongue.
Soft campfire/charred wood.   Not as viscous or chewy as I would like, but fair enough.   Seems to be more
fruity than usual.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Finishes a little dry, drier than most.   Has some
aspects of other beers in this Scotch Ale, which makes it interesting.   Not bad! joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 17, 2010
Pours very dark brown with almost no head. The aroma is very smoky with a hint of chocolate and peat. The flavor is thin and very smoky with smoked meats, and brown sugar. A little too thin and sweet. reebtogi (6246) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2012
473ml can pours a light amber brown color with a small off-white head that leaves little lacing on the glass. Aroma is light smoke and peat with some grass and traces of chocolate and caramel. Taste is a chocolate and caramel malty sweet body with some smoky and peaty undertones and a grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.
dwyerpg (6078) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 6, 2016
A solid scotch ale. Some thickness and sweetness but a good balance. Not really my style but nice nonetheless. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Thanx Dara for the can.
This was poured into a thistle.
The appearance was a dark red to brown color with a one and a half finger white foamy head. The lacing was there as it speckled and slid around in a messy sort of way.
The smell had a light bready sort of yeasty roastiness that came through slightly like a biscuit.
The taste took those flavors and added a nice caramel and toffee-ness rolling all around and added a nice element of smoke at the end.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a slight sessionability about it. As it warms, a nice creamy sort of delicate soothing nakedness strolls across my tongue.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good Scotch I could bang again. TimE (5793) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 7, 2012
Dark brown color. Very light malty, light smokey, cherries and earth, but lacking the body. Rounded. Nice, but not tons of complexity. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Medium brown color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is malty and slightly peaty. A medium bodied scotch ale. Malts are fruity and smoky. Hops are bitter and a touch grapefruity. Nice scotch ale. Very pleasant smoke and peat flavors. Nice balance. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. hayduke (5188) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2012 Shared with Strykzone via Facebook Chat. Brown, small beige head. Good lacing. Nose of mostly chocolate with some peat showing smoke and floral citrus shows up as it warmed. Medium body. Fizzy mouthfeel with alcohol. Flavor is chocolate. Finish malty with a touch of hops. So what is the verdict? Started out slow with mostly chocolate, but as it warmed smoke, peat, and some floral and citrus hops appeared. After warning about 3-4 degrees it was a deceit beer.