hopscotch (11005) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Rating #4,800) Bottle... GSRARO Throwdown... Dark, murky ale (burnt orange when held up to bright light) with a small, creamy, lightly tanned head. Decent retention. The nose provides caramel, dark fruits and light molasses. Light to medium-bodied and fizzy. Well-balanced... too much so, for the style. Lightly sweet, modestly bitter and mildly tangy. Finishes crisp and lightly bitter. Thanks to juiceisloose for sharing this bottle!
PhillyBeer2112 (2803) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown. Rich brown sugar molasses nose, appealing. Nice chocolatey malt flavors, leading to a semi dry finish and just a kiss of a spicy hop.
JPDIPSO (6094) - Wauwatosa, USA - DEC 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chestnut color with a moderate, stable light tan head. Grainy aromas. Some toasted and roasted malt, hint of peat and still a bit of silage in the background. Fairly thin in feel. LIghtly roasted malts in the front. Some brown sugar and floral hops in the middle. Just a bit of peat and hint of iodine in the finish. Need to be slightly thicker in feel, which I think would also aid the depth in this one. Drinkable black ale.
Skyview (5866) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught and in six pack bottles at the brewery in Plover, Wisconsin. Pours a hazy dark brown brew with a thick and creamy off-white/light beige head that has some excellent retention and nice lacing. Aroma of smoked dry caramel malt, a touch of peat, tropical fruit, a touch of flowery hops and some toffee. Taste is medium bodied, creamy, with continued flavor of roasted and smoked caramel malt with peat character, some light dark pitted fruits, and a touch of toffee. Finish slightly semi-sweet fruity aftertaste with smoked peat and then turns in to a semi-dry smoked malt flavor that lingers after the finish.
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2008 Pours a nice dark brownish black with darker head. Light smokey peat and toffee aroma. Flavor starts off well enough, but fades quickly, too quickly to a watery finish.
Per my Father: "It has a finish reminiscent of that first step into a warm, steaming barn in Winter."