crossovert (14233) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2012
650ml bottle into my scottish style dimpled mug. It is a dark brownish red/cola color with a foamy ligth tan head. The smell is rich in malty and despite the adjuncts is pretty spot on for the style (though I have limited experience with this style, I did have a Balhaven Wee Heavy last night). Maybe a little bit hoppier than the style normally woudl be in the smell.The flavor is rich and boozy. There is tons of coca and some peatiness. Jsut rich, rich malt flavor, I would be interested in the mash done or the malts used. The mouthfeel is thick on first sip but then becomes slick and boozy, right in line with its freshness and abv. This one is a killer from Pipeworks I think Ill need to get more to age/drink.
... and when your almost done with it the fenugreek hits you, it really hits. Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2012
22 oz. bottle served in a Midnight Sun chub. Batch # 47
A: Pours a dark brown color with semi clear edges where the light hits. A thin tan head forms on the pour and dissipates to a thin ring.
S: Nice roast with some smokey peat as well. Malty sweetness as well.
T: Creamy, smokey and sweet. Light chocolate with some nice bitter roast. Incredibly smooth and rich. There is a slight underlying fruitiness as well. A little alcohol to boot.
M: Medium bodied with a medium low carbonation. Creamy and oily mouthfeel.
O: Great mouthfeel with nice complexity in the flavor department. Definitely one of the best Non-BA Scotch Ales I’ve ever had. Will enjoy again!
Serving type: bottle HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2012
22 oz. bottle. Blackish brown pour with a small tan head. Aroma of molasses, smoke, booze. Lots of caramel and toffee notes, some fruit and peat. Flavor is a bit sweet, lots of caramel and a bit of a nuttiness. Somewhat oily mouthfeel. Finishes with a bit of booze and scotch. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Sort of an darker yellow waxed top bottle and served in my Pipeworks snifter: Pours a medium to deep brown hue with a bit of reddish highlight topped by a fading fizzy head which produced minimal lace. The aroma has notes of heavy caramel, toffee, special roast, midnight wheat and some bready malt vapours along with a dash of scotch like iodine and some earthy and spicy hops. Quite yeasty as well with a dollop of mineral water and some plummy dark fruit esters. ryecatcher (1474) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2012
The taste is malt forward and moderately earthy. Rich dark fruit twang and a bit of hop spice before a moderately boozy finish. Touch of English pipe tobacco, dark wheat and faint smoke as well. The mouth feel is soft and oily but does finish somewhat drier than expected. Low carbonation does impact enjoyability, would like to see just a tad more please... a tad more. Overall a nice brew perfect for the cooler fall and colder winter months. Glad I got another bottle for laying down till holiday time.
Bomber from Binny’s. Pours an almost opaque brown-black with mocha colored head, decent retention and lacing. Nose is maple syrup and malt. Mouth is creamy, lots of butterscotch and some chocolate, fig and roast. Relatively sweet, but for the most part, tastes like a porter to me. Good, but unlike the Abduction (a comparable dark beer from PWBC) not great. Drinkable though.