48FanInCali (857) - California, USA - APR 11, 2012
12 oz bottle. Nice to break the string of below mediocre scotch ales. Nice dark brown pour with a generous head and a little cling. Nose of a malt bomb with peat and nuts. Taste follows the nose with a full bodied mouthfeel. I enjoyed this. It's no Big Sound or Alesmith Wee Heavy but it is certainly drinkable and worth having again.
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Bottle - pours jet black with a minimal head. Has a roasted coffee aroma and smoky malty taste that lingers. Has a medium body. dzimm27 (143) - - APR 5, 2012
Light coffee aroma and dark black body. Tiny crystal carbonation. Heavy, malty, and chocolate/coffee flavor. Lingering malt on end of palate, nice. Overall sweet. Not much hop flavor is apparent. Pretty good, best Rahr I have had so far. crajun (1264) - , Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2016 re-rate 2/16 bumped from 4.0 Not sure I found this beer last year, but got my first 6 pack for 2016. BETTER and more complex than I remember. healthy bump in everything except aroma - more flavors than I remember including some light chocolate; perfectly balanced hops. may have to buy a case!>>>>>>>>>> that is gooood; between this and snowmagadden for my favorite rahr; new style for me and comparing this to Founders Backwood Bastard - they are different but both excellent (both a 4.0). bottle to glass dark brown pour with amber hue creamy palate - the taste is breat with many things happening - the creaminess, smooth hop/malt balance, slight roastedness at the end, slight toffee and I get a little cocoa on the back end. hides the 8.5% very well. I will puchase a six pack and will also share as extra in the future - this is very good!! nice job Rahr!! mrcoffee (16) - Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2012
caramel malt smell, dark red and clear with small light-brown head and practically no lacing, sweet with moderate bitter taste
brittanynl (42) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Dark coffee, woody, and malty flavors. Like drinking velvet, it’s very rich and flavorful. Very tasty beer! Love the coffee flavors and how smooth it goes down but wished the malt taste lingered as long as the coffee. djd07 (15547) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2012
On tap at The Hay Merchant. Pours a dark amber with a small creamy beige head. The aroma is a bready malt and caramel. Medium mouthfeel wtih caramel and roast. Easy to drink a very good scotch ale from Rahr. Errl (2577) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2012
on tap- Pour is a dark brown..Nose is caramel and roasted malts, sweetness and toffee..Taste is roasted malts and caramel/toffee mix with some vanilla..Palate is Medium and oily with light bitterness..This is a damn good beer. GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Pours a nice ruby brown with a smallish off white head. Nice peaty, smoky notes and sweetish malt profile. Pershing (576) - Garland, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Dark Brown with thin beige head that lingers for a few minutes. Sweet Malty caramel aroma. Nice medium mouthfeel with slightly sweet smoked and caramel malt taste. Filling finish.