irvineb (9) - Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2013 does not count
Really enjoyed this. It was malty, yet not sweet. Was surprised at the quality, given such a relatively small and remote spot. Only available at the micro-brewery/restaurant.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone rondphoto (4445) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUL 16, 2012
Clear dark amber with a big bubble head and lots of dots of lace. The odor is clearly smoked malt, but the smoke hardly shows in the taste - taste is pruney-sweet caramel malt that doesn’t change through the finish. Solid for the low alcohol, but I’d like it to have a little more going on,...almost session-like. Recommended. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle:   Dirty caramel, moderate to thin off-white head, sparce lacing.   Musty nose, a little earthy,
some wet cardboard and pilaf like elements.   Semi-sweet early malt start on the tongue.   Has an earthy
aspect that is perhaps more akin to a basement.   Ceratinly malty, but not really peaty nor does it have charred
wood/campfire.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, although it does seem fairly sturdy.   Finishes with a bit
more hop aspect.   Remains slightly earthy, musty, basement, with a semi-sweet malt background.   Tiz okay,
but it is fairly simply.   Thanks Bob! cbfobes (2883) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2010
On tap at brewpub, pours a deep cloudy copper color with a thin white htead, aroma is of sweet malt with a hint of smoke, the flavor has great smoke notes that are not overwhelming and the malt balance is very nice, good beer. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2010
draft at the brepub. this pours hazy orangish copper sm off white head. nose has caramel and smoke. flavor smoky toffee nuts and cookies, light and easy drinking brew good.
madvike (3260) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Tap at the brewpub - Pours hazy amber with a frothy off-white head. Smells fruity, with lemon and honey on top of a sweet, malty base. It’s a bit too much, and comes off as a bit cloying. Taste is lots of bready malt with a bit of nuttiness. Finish is kind of flat and minerally, with a slight smokiness. Really carbonated and biting, which made it hard to pull flavors out initially. It warmed up a bit and the carbonation eased off and became a lot softer. Overall, however, this one was just flat and uninspired. TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - MAR 12, 2010
On tap at the brewpub.nuplastikk (6275) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Pours a cloudy amber color with thin white head that leaves chunks of lace here and there. Aroma is rich, sugary malt with a tiny touch of molasses. Flavor is malty, sugary, a touch of molasses, a little bit of dry grain following up, and very modest hop bitterness. I didn’t detect much of the smoke they talk about in the commercial description, which is unusual because smokey flavors usually hit me like a freight train. So I don’t consider it a loss that the smoke was basically absent. Palate is thick but a little flat. Nice, drinkable.
Unfiltered amber-brown color. Smooth malty aroma. Thick, sweet Bock-like flavor. A touch of smoke. Relatively clean for the style, not overly sweet or sticky. Excellent. kingsman (3) - USA - OCT 21, 2009 does not count
This was my second selection and i thought it was great. Not as overwhelmingly smoky as some scotch ales i have tried but the flavor was definitely there. The apprerance was nice with a thick head and full mouth feel. A good example of the style, even more enjoyable that some because the brewer does not go overboard on the peat. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2009
On tap at the brewpub 7/31/09: Pours a transparent bright copper amber with a thin, wispy lacing white head. Aroma of sweet toasty caramel malt with some light piny hop character. Starts with good fullness and sweet caramely maltiness before a slightly drier bittersweet and crisp finish. An enjoyable Scotch ale, but could use a little more peaty character.