arkurzynski (2446) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2011
Deep brown with red hints. Smooth cocoa, mild fruit esters, and caramel malt. Taste is smooth roasted malt, mild dark fruit, caramel malts and finishes with a light, dry toastiness. Porter:Scotch 60:40 would be my description. Fairly light on the palate, but pretty good. Better than expected and wouldn’t mind trying again sometime. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Served in a tulip.
Pours a very dark brown with some crimson highlights. Half-finger off-white head stays around for awhile before falling into a thin cap with some bubbles on top. A bit of spotty lacing. The nose carries some roasted malt and dark fruits, but also shows early signs of an infection. Slight acidic character along with some cherry. The flavor shares the same components with a slight acidity in the finish. Other than that, medium body and low carbonation with a moderate amount of sweetness. Could be a decent enough beer without the sanitation issues.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-05-2011 DrnkMcDermott (3108) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2011
12 oz bottle. $2 single @ Ray’s, Wauwautosa. Not quite "black," but still a deep brown pour in my shaker glass, with a nice eggshell colored head. Smell shows just a little bit of peat, and a slight touch of phenol. Taste is quite a bit of all right, though. Yes,warm,slightly smoked Scotch malts without the hint of harsh black malt bitterness. Much malt forward, website lists this as 6.3% abv. No discernible hops outside of a balance to the malts. Though somewhere down there I detect a note of pineapple juice. Or is that phenol? No, don’t think so. Very nice,warm beer that could stand to be issued in bombers or barreled. arminjewell (9687) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2011
Pours hazy reddish brown with off white head. Aroma has notes of sweet toffee, vanilla, caramel, nice milk chocolate, and a touch of smoke. Taste yields much more smoke, along with roast and sweet chocolate, some toffee and burnt caramel, finishing roasty and slighly sweet. Very enjoyable. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle shared by bvc. Interesting nose of toffee, dark fruity malts, light peat, and a touch of roast. Pours dark brown, lacking in much head or lace. The flavor is less interesting than the aroma, mostly toffee and some dark fruity malt. Very light peat. Sweet, residual sugary, creamy body, light to medium carbonation. Its ok.
tmoreau (4447) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2010
On tap at the Malt House in Madison, WI., before the GTOM. Poured a black/brown color with some garnet highlights, lasting off white/light tan head foam, and thick waves of lacing. The aroma was smooth and roasted malt, peat, some tobacco hints, and a little dark fruit. The flavor added a complimenrary hop bitterness and some smokiness in a medium+ body. Rich yet mellow, I liked! Wheatyweiss (29) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Poured from a 12 once bottle into a thistle.
Pours a murky, dark brown, damn near black. One finger head recedes to a thick cap and leaves a veil of lace.
Aroma is of dark roasted malt. Metallic and smokey with a hit of roastiness. Roasted nuts and grain with a rider of dark earthiness and dark cocoa.
Flavor is of dark roasted grain, fruity yeast and smoky peat. There is a distinct smoke and peat roasted flavor here that is VERY appealing. Malt is very sweet and earthy, but is balanced by the bitter roast and smoke.
Mouthfeel is lush and thick, perfectly to style. Soft carbonation and a thick body.
This is what I have been missing in a heavy. Exceptional.
Reviewed on: 03-28-2010 17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Bottle. Pours a darker thinner near black brown with a cream colored frothy head. Aroma is round, bit fruity, light peat smoke, some toasty dark hard roast, faint licorice, burnt bread and cola. Flavor is much the same, maybe a bit oxidized, duller flavor, toasted bread and cola, bit of tangy sourness, lightly fruity. Medium bodied, gritty, flat, thin but chalky. A bit of recipe tweaking and this could be awesome.
. bpreo (2863) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2010
UPDATED: APR 23, 2011 Oh yeah, this one is really good. Even though most of Wisconsin’s European settlers were Germans, we can pull off a good Scottish impression. brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Fairly robust malt aroma,a little smokey ,but very good for a scottish, flavor comes in straight molassas malt and smoke, with a rather sharp bitterness from the peat Everything was pretty decent until that bitterness hits your palate and dominates the rest of the way.Good malting,just ease up on that peat a little