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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
This brew has a recipe change every year. You never know what it may be, you’ll just have to wait and see. It will always be a nice winter treat coming in above 8.5% ABV and never spiced.

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jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 3, 2008
On tap at PP Carlsbad. It said double red under the title - but considering the taste and abv - I have to assume this is the correct entry. First reaction was "whoaaaaa". And not really a good whoa, but an intrigued whoa. The flavor started out very intriguing with sweet molasses, smoke, and a heavy dose of licorice. It soon warped into a nasty medicinal like taste that I just couldn’t come to enjoy. Just putrid. I couldn’t finish the pint and regretably, have to give this a thumbs down. Stoked I got the chance to try it though.

illidurit (2340) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 29, 2008
On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. 10 oz pour. Body is a very dark brown. Head is 1 finger tall and a creamy beige. Very nice lacing. Aroma is chocolatey with a bit of smoke and dark fruit. Flavor consists of chocolate and fig, with molasses and smoke notes. Body is full enough to support the richness of flavor here. A little overcarbonated however.

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 02/21/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

cloudy brown, wispy beige head, rich chocolate figs and raison aroma, very rich malt flavor, lots of chocolate, nice fruity character,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4
-------- /> I would like to rerate this beer.

zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2007
Pours dark brown, with no head. Aroma is dark fruit, raisins, malt, and brown sugar. Flavor is dark fruit, raisins, nuts, malt, and toffee. Alcohol is very well hidden. Not much carbonation. Thanks to Brock Landers for this one.

ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Unsure of the age on the bottle, but I drank it on 7/11/07. Obviously 2004 or earlier. Bonus from Stoutlover72, I believe. Thanks!
Didnt realize this stuff was old when I had it, and I sure as hell couldnt tell. A triumphant tan head tops a clear, auburn-mahogany body. Retention and lacing are moderate to strong.
No sign of oxidation or alcohol or anything particularly undesirable in the nose. Still fresh and nutty, with hazelnuts, brown sugar, light melanoidins and a touch of soft smokiness all producing a grand complexity. Oily tobacco notes pepper the finish and some sweet toffee emerges with warming, further developing the complexity and giving more depth to the malts. No flaws.
I definitely sensed it in the nose, and it’s even more obvious in the flavor, but this isnt a typical scotch ale. More a mix of a brown ale, scotch ale and stout, with much more roastiness than you’d find in a scotch ale, sweeter chocolate and caramel malts and lacking the strong breadiness and melanoidin-like dryness on the finish. Alcohol is never felt, texture is smooth, not really creamy but not oily or hard either. Still ample carbonation creating a strong drinkability. A bit of nutttiness/blandness creeps in on the finish, but its minimal. Impressive for its age.

MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 7, 2007
12oz - 2004 bottle - thanks aspidites - Strong aroma of caramel, raisin, toffee, hazelnut and molasses. Pours dark brown with red tints, a ring head and decent lacing. Flavor is milder than the aroma but still very flavorful. Sweet molasses and caramel that starts to get leathery as it hits room temp. Alcohol is barely noticable. Palate is sticky and sweet. A very tasty scotch ale.

shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Pours a brown color with a little off white head. Smokey caramel aroma with a hint of alcohol. Flavor is dark smoky malts with some alcohol.

goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2007
DRAKES KICKS ASS! I don’t know the date of this beer but considering the last rating is Oct. 2006 and it says retired I assume there is some age on it. Poured a clear golden brown color with a minimal head. the aroma was sweet and malty with light peaty notes. Light aged malt character. Semi-sweet flavor with malty and light peat notes. mild bitterness on the finish. Alcohol is so hidden. I want more of this.

Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Bottle; Courtesy of lunaticharness. Malty aroma of chocolate, caramel and some oxidation. Pours a reddish-brown with minimal transparency and a small off-white head. Starts with a nice dose of caramel and chocolate. Noticeable oxidation is a positive. Finishes with some muted hops and a touch of sourness.

jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Bottle. Aroma of oak. Wonderful peat/malt flavor in the back of the throat w/ a woody finish. A damn good beer. I don’t think Rodger brews a bad beer.

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