5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Bottle (Batch 60) pours dark brown, almost black, large bits of sediment, medium foamy tannish head, with fairly sticky lacing. Heavily roasted malts, coffee, charred wood, and some dark chocolate on the nose. Forwardly smokey, with a robust hoppiness. While the smoked hopped up joyness is most prevalent, I get some roasted malts, soy, and even a slight hint of chocolate. Great body, fairly creamy mouthfeel. This is definitely a sipping beer. Complex, lots of stuff there to catch. The hoppiness would probably mellow with age. Finishes smokey, slight hop bite, alcohol (albeit minor), some mint (oddly enough), caramelized sugar (almost burnt), and the ever present charred wood. Slight licorice in the aftertaste.   Very interesting this is! Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Color is a dark mahogany, with a full, thick, sturdy, creamy head. Aroma is nutty, creamy, and sweet. Palate? Unparalleled!!! Marvelous, magnificent, with layers upon layers of malt. Hops give a cameo, not much screen time at all. So strong, so full of flavors, it’s hard to know where to begin! Where, oh, where to start, where, oh, where to stop? A toffeeish flavor comes through on the palate, but before long everything is overtaken by smoke! Loads and loads of malt, rich and warming, earthy, chocolatey flavors peek through, but the notes of smoke and tobacco become dominant. Profound. Rich,and thick, and continually smokey, though the main flavor is a suggestion of being encased inside a nut. This is a true American classic.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2004
Batch 41. Very dark, chestnut brown. Thin, light brown head. Robust, very dark aroma of molasses, licorice, coffee, fruit (orange, plums, dates, raisins), smoke & slight lactose. Thick, chewy feel. Roasty flavour of molasses, licorice, milk chocolate, & coffee. Fresh & hoppy as well. DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2004
Batch #47. Rich caramel and mild coffee aromas, deep brown, small tan head. Bitter almond and treacle compliment each other well. Full bodied, satiny smooth, and dry. Superb!
Thanks again joey_capps! IndianaRed (5127) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 13, 2004
Bottle Batch 57 Pours a very dark reddish brown with a modest lt tan head that only lasted a minute. Not much real lacing as the bubbles are large which doesnt make good lacing typcally. Aroma is nice and full and complex. Similar to a porter or stout. Brown sugar, smokey, molassas and the high ABV is up front. Taste is different than anything Ive had before. Burnt coffee, carmelized sugar, smokey. The high carbonation gets in the way a bit. Quite dark and heavy. Complex. Lively.
The high ABV is definately there. First "traditional Ale". If this is typical, I like the full flavor. Feel is rich heavy. and the trailer is a bit of hops bitter. Good stuff and unique.
CamdenD (1204) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 9, 2004
Smoke on the nose and heaven everywhere else. This beer rules. Dark, dark ale chock full of everything nice. Drink at all costs. MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2004
UPDATED: APR 14, 2005 Deep brown color and its almost black. Not much head on this so its a menacing appearance. Flavor is a srong kick in the mouth, but very pleasurable. It is sweet with candy sugars, dark fruit, lots of dark fruit. It’s also very hearty, very earthy, chocolatey and smooth. There is a strong wood flavor with the sweetness that bridges the strong maltyness. Padron4KM (810) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2004 Hair of the dog adam
Pours a dark brown with a huge tan head. thick lace
aroma was very complex, fruity at first (berries) then smoky, malty, chocolaty , port, prunes, alchohol wisp at the end.
flavor was complex as well. roasty, coffee, plum, prune , woody, caramel ,with just the right amount of grapefruit bitterness to balance it out.
Finish was long and slightly bitter. note of alcohol on the throat.
Enjoyed this with my favorite everyday cigar, a Padron 4000 Maduro and they complemented each other very nicely. Wow. igneous1 (1538) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUL 31, 2004
batch 41...deep brown, almost black. head is a few large bubbles around the edge. aroma is woody as hell, maybe a little alcohol..but not much else. flavor is slightly fruity, a hell of a lot woody, decent hoppiness, and some roastiness. the aroma hurts this beer a lot. BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2004 Batch 48. Pours a massive, frothy, non-dissipating, brown head and the darkest of brown bodies. Highly carbonated. Nose of a barleywine, porter, stout mix. Porter texture (oily and gritty) with plums, cocoa powder and whiskey flavours. High ABV detected. Excellent and peculiar in every way. Strong, wild hop finish.