Ernest (7748) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2013
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark brown.
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (caramel, molasses), with notes of brown sugar, honey, orange peel, vanilla, alcohol.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, syrupy/watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
"Layer upon layer of sugars" would be more accurate. A big, dumb, syrupy sweet boozer. The guys at The Bruery would LOVE this stuff. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Bottled. Poured light-medium amber with a short-lived off-white head. The aroma picked up warm dark fruits and molasses, with accents of vanilla and not-very-smoky peat. The flavor found more of the fruit than anything else.. molasses, caramel, and peat joined.. greener, herbal bitterness and a kiss of black pepper around.. finished dry and belly-warming, with an aftershock of peat. Heavier-bodied and malt-forward on the palate.. high-ish carbonation.. quite dry.. overall a warm and enjoyable drinker. vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2012
Draft. Brown pour with slight tab head. Smoky, peat, woody aroma with scotch overtones. Finishes with vanilla, woody scotch, light cocoa and smoke tones. Nice scotch. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2012
12oz bottle: pours a clear deep copper mahogany with a thin-lacing froth of tan head. Has a sweet toasty caramel malty nose with a touch of light fruits and mild peat. Starts with decent fullness and light carbonation with some toasted caramel sweetness and light fruity tartness before a drier earthy finish. Would be better without the tartness, but is still a good attempt at the style. wlajwl (6950) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Aroma is malts and berries. The flavor is raspberries, medium sweetness and a malty and slightly alcoholic finish.
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Bottle:   Deep mahogany, burnt caramel hues, thin sudsy off-white head, little lacing.   Big bready nose, malty, biscuity, some dark pitted fruit (only minor).   Big peaty start, smokey, ashy, charred wood, much better on the tongue than the nose suggested.   Not a big example, body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Finishes sweet, peaty, lots of candied dark fruit, dates, figs, etc...   Nice beer, but could stand to have a more truthful aroma. Patrickctenchi (6668) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Pours cloudy, wood brown with a small tan head.
Aroma is sharp, dark fruit, wood, caramel.
Taste is slightly smoky caramel, prune...
A bit boozy.
Pretty good. RobertDale (6650) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 30, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Pours reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of malt, dark fruit, and caramel. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit, chocolate, and a bit of smoke. Finishes sweet. Pretty good. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2012
This poured a semi murky medium brown color with a lighter tan cover. Aroma was toffee, light roast, some caramel, figs, and smoke. Flavor was just the perfect amount of smoke for this style, a bit peaty, and rich dried dark fruits and chewy malts. Nice stuff. blutt59 (6573) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Bottle, dark amber with some red highlights, scant foam with banana, caramel aroma, flavor is pitted fruit, bananas, candy caramel , sweet finish