Sammy (12210) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2008 ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Dark brown pour with an ivory head. Chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Very sharp, roasted flavor with a thick mouth feel. Fig and raisin notes. Very hot.
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2009 A 250 ml, $11 bottle. Bold scotch taste, creamy mouthfeel. Strong stuff, no weaknesses. Wonder what it would be spiced. Good example of style, but is it worth the wee heavy pricetag? bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2008
sampled at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival Nov 2007, an event shared with what seemed liked hundreds of ratebeerians and enjoyed mostly through a straw, since my face was a bloody mess of scabs and stitches. This sample form the tap came almost black with a interesting sour aroma. Flavor was full of molasess, sour grapes some nice scotch smokiness. veery good ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 4, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2008 Outstanding! A double red that pours as black as a stout and tastes brown. Has an apple quality and darker - like a date or caramelized brown sugar and chocolate - but is very much on the malty side so the sweetness has a burly thickness that I have not encountered. The closest thing is probably 06 Decadence. Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Draft at Pizza Port Carlsbad 02/01/08. Pours a dark mahogany with a heavy malt aroma. Has a distinctive double red taste, but focused solidly on the malt. The hop character is heavily subdued and the taste has some raisin flavor. Finish is sweet and has a slightly toasted aftertaste. A solid beer, but not exceptional. hapjydeuce (1001) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Deep mahogany color with amber edges and a good beige head with lace. Sweet toffee, slightly roasty aroma with some sort of burnt or ash nose. The flavor is pretty damn sweet, pretty near to being a sugar bomb. It has some spicy undertones with a large malt statement. The finish has little hops presence and a sweet sugary and dry character.
bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Draft. Rich ruby/mahogony beer with a nice tan head. Roasty, chocolate, citrus aroma. Chocolate, light roast, caramel, citrus flavor with good backing hops. Alcohol present. Lingering chocolate, mocha, citrus, pine, alcohol. Nice complexity. Actually blends nicely. wetherel (1883) - Cupertino, California, USA - JAN 7, 2008
On tap at PP Carlsbad. I thought I would see it on tap at the strong ale festival, but I guess I missed it. Lots of malty aroma. Almost tastes underattenuated at first. Blackish dark, dark amber red color. A little biscuit flavor. Small head of small bubbles. Something is a little off, but I can tell what it is. Leans sweet and a hint cloying. Low hop bitterness. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Tap @ 2007 Strong Ale Fest. Poured a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma was very doughy with a hint of roast. The flavor was roasty with notes of chocolate and mild dough. Some alcohol in the flavor as well. Very warming with a medium body. JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Draft at Toronado. Darker brown color with a tannish head. Aroma was very sweet and sugary - apples, chocolate, dark fruits, brown sugar. Flavor is very sugary and a tad alcoholic - apples, brown sugar, caramel, candy, some chocolate. Nice mouthfeel. I had a cold during my recent West Coast trip so maybe I didn’t pick up the harshness noticed by other raters, but I found this to be full bodied, sweet, well-rounded, and overall enjoyable. Would probably hold up to aging quite nicely. rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Off tap it poured a dark black with tan foam head. A sharp alcohol and fruit aroma waifed from this beer. Wow, this beer floods the palate. Lots of chocolate malty tones with an almost apricot fruity flavor ending in a hoppy bitterness and hot alcohol vapor that almost makes your eyes water. Not a smooth easy drinking beer. There are lots of things to taste in this beer. I think it could use some aging to meld and tone down the flavors.