Cletus (6351) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Bottle courtesy of angrypirate06. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of peated malt, sweet caramel, spicy, dark fruit. Tastes of smoky malt, chocolate, earthy, sweet, fruity. Very enjoyable. Texas craft beers have come a long way over the past 6 years. emacgee (4722) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Thanks Cavie. Pours a dark copper with a thin tan head. Nose was sweet and raisiny, caramel, peaty. Flavor is sweet, caramel, peaty, smoke, thin with some corn. Palate is thin and crisp. legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Very mediocre. Not much to look at- resembles cola. I will give it one thing though, if it is really 8.5%, then they hid it really well. mmmbeer (1434) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Half pint glass at the Draught House- extremely dark brown with heavy ruby tints in color, thin wafer head with minimal lacing. Aroma of malt with faint notes of hops and dark chocolate. Hits the mouth with a medium body, malt is there and has been slightly sweetened, a hint of smoke in the middle, finish has a small warming effect. Not too shabby. Maverick34 (3410) - New York, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Draft from Draught House in ATX. Poured a medium brown fairly transparent. Taste was fairly thin, didn’t seem like a traditional scotch ale to me.
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2010
12oz bottle from Kroger. Dark brown body with mahogany highlights under a tan, receding head. Aroma is smoke, nutty, some chocolate. Flavors of dark malt, bitter-sweet chocolate, hint of smoke and slightly peaty. Slight alcohol in the mild, bitter finish. Medium, almost creamy mouthfeel. beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2010
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with BMan1113VR. Pour a dark brown with a thin-moderate tan head that fades to a ring after the first quarter of the glass and leaves lots of spotty lace. Mild aroma of malt with a trace of chocolate. Nothing really in the nose that makes me think scotch ale. The flavor has plenty of malt with just a bit of chocolate and nuts. Again, while flavorful and enjoyable, there is nothing here that makes me think scotch ale. Medium bodied with a well-rounded finish. A good beer as it is. TizzleJizzle (792) - Garland, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2012 I picked up a bottle. It poured a dark brown color with a tan head and nice lacing. It had tastes of roasted nuts, toasted bread, and a slight hop finish. Surprisingly watery on the palate. This is easily one of Rahr’s best beers ever crafted (behind only the Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer) taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Dark brown with little head. There’s a slight hint of chocolate in the aroma with plenty of chocolate and roasted malt flavors in the taste. I was surprised at how good this Rahr’s offering was. bhensonb (16122) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Bottle from ericandersnavy. Pours really dark brown with a foamy light tan head. Rich, nutty dark roast malt aroma. Medium body with foamy carbonation. Flavor is nutty, smokey, dark malt. Seems to be some hop bitter as well. Not at all sweet. Grabs at the finish - strong flavors. Just excellent.