kassner (1663) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2012
This beer is on tap at the Brillobox. dark reddish brown, really great drinking like a spicy sweet porter. some smoke and lots of malt. lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Brown-red, tan cover. Aroma is lots of coffee, cold steeped grounds, not too roasty, some caramel. Taste is the same, this one really surprised me with a mix of coffee, some dark fruitiness, candy, toffee. ttutony (920) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Dark brown in the glass. Coffee notes with a pleasant roasted malt character. MarkSachon (1023) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Enjoyed as a draft selection at Mad Mex on McKnight Road in Pittsburgh, PA. Immediate flavors of heavy hops and coffee in a richly dark and enjoyable seasonal toaster. Has a warming effect on the whole and I was slightly disappointed that the gravity wasn’t a bit higher. The hops are well balanced and will last for a while on the palate. Another winner from one of Pittsburgh’s best breweries. TylerPow (122) - Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Looks pretty dark to me. Hard to see the ruby red color. Hoppy/ashey aroma. Smooth and slightly roasty. Some of the hops come through on the finish. Very flavorful.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
A-Body is a nice dark brown hue. When held up to the night one can see mahogany hues shining through. Translucent/nearly opaque body. Served with a nice 2 finger or so light tan foamy head that has great retention. Lacing all the way down the glass.
S- Big malty nose. Lots of big roasted toasted malt comes through and a hint of dark chocolate.
T-The flavor is consistent all the way through. Upfront is some chocolate and malty flavors. Very similar to a heavy Scottish ale. The background is all roasted malt. A good bit of roasted malt bitterness comes through for the finish.
P- Nice low to medium carbonation and a fairly thick, nice, smooth body.
O- This is a big winter beer. Great accompaniment to the darkness of winter here in Pittsburgh. It could be a bit more complex and the roasted flavors are the highlight of the beer-which get to be just a bit cloying for me after awhile. Still definitely worth a try especially if you are a fan of big, dark, seasonals. Reminds me of a roasted Scottish Ale.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 01-06-2009 02:22:29 Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Experienced via draft in a pub glass. The beer pours a deep brown color, with no visible head. The nose is extremely off-putting. Harsh hop aromas, and a rubbery aroma that gives a sense that the beer has been infected by bacteria. This aroma transfers to being a flavor that dominates the palate, covering the added spices (nutmeg?) and leaving only a too-sweet residual malt character before a slightly estery finish. Overall, a truly terrible beer from a brewery that seems to put out far too many of that ilk. dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Taste at the brewery. You should see this beer fill a growler. Awesome black and ruby body with a towering, frothy tan head for dayssss.... mmmm, can’t help but think of dirty leather in the nose with a serious roasted contingent but the body adds some serious hops and citrus overnotes. Very unsure how this qualifies as an American Strong Ale and not a Stout or Porter but I won’t ask questions but just smile at the fact that I will be able to go back for $12 growlers all winter. douglas88 (9192) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2009
On tap at the brewpub during the Pittsburgh tasting which was during a massive snow storm. Pours a dark brown with a medium light brown head. A really interesting nose; sweet funky marijuana-like notes of simcoe hops, rich toasted notes as well. A rich complex flavor; sweet brown ale aspects, toasted malts, but a funky strong citrus and herbal hop bite. This works. Nice. Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2009
On cask at the sharp edge brassiere in canonsburg pa.
Pours a murky brown with small tan head and a nice lacing. Looks thick.
Smells of earth malt and a tiny bit of hop.
Tastes malty, warm, with a tiny bite of hops.
Mouth is velvety greatness, minimum carbonation and whiskey thick. A high point.
Drinkability is mixed but above average, I would absolutely order again but couldn’t do more than one in a session.