Assurbanipaul (40) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Pours a dark chestnut brown with a firm khaki head. Aroma is dry roasty malt, some brown and black patent, and a hint of earthiness.
Taste is again earthy and malty, with smoked grain evident. Does have a not-so-subtle coffee/peat flavor riding on top of a semisweet brown ale base. The coffee/peat flavor could be mistaken for oak barrel aging, and at times it might even dip into the bacon arena. Some light yeasty esters emerge about halfway through the glass, some dark fruit like raisins. Not a lot of hops or hot alcohol elements, very well attenuated.
Mouthfeel is moderate, not as heavy as I expected. Hits its target style fairly well. The ABV is very well hidden and it may be a real contender with a few years in the cellar. My favorite style but not my favorite of the DR series -- but that could change depending on how this ages. fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2007
what better time than fading aned half drunk at the tail end of a long week might be better to rate a beer that is NOT of my favorite style, but has in return a somewhat favored review? I was not awestruck, but did enjpy the bitter richness. there’s more than one layer here for sure and glad to have a handful of test models to take their long last walk across my tongue.
so there it is - another half cocked rating to be further embellished as more time and divine intervention pervails ... Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Bottled thanks to Ofortuna (& peter!). Poured an almost clear, very deep brown with a short cap of creamy caramel head. The aroma was very fragrant and peaty with toasted caramel representin’... quite rich. Flavor had sweet, smoky caramel at the base along with some chocolatey sugars.. some peppery and sharper spices appear toward the end. Medium-bodied with a decent flow on the palate.. touch grainy too. This was a very good Scotch ale. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Bottle via Ofortuna. The beer pours to a really dark clean garnet body with a tan head. The aroma is quite nice. Rich malt, deep caramelized malt and sugars, chocolate, and oatmeal. The flavor is really malty and chocolatey with oats and deep barley mixed with sweet powdered sugar. The palate is creamy and rich. Pretty good. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3fourths (9345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2007
dark brown, wispy beige head, trace of lace, huge smoky wood aroma and only a hint of dark caramel, rich chocolate flavor, nice earthy hops, dark caramel adds good complexity, light smoke, light tartness, the rich chocolate and the earthy quality make the beer special
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
12oz bottle from fly. First smell is like a rauchbier, with heavy smoke, but then more roast and some scotch comes through so it sets up like a smoked porter or smoked wee heavy. Very, very nice nose. Dark burgundy colored body with a dark tan head. Heavy, sweet cherry and cedar wood flavors, sticky, sweet cherries. Heavy palate, prickly, spicy and sticky. Great stuff, I could drink a lot more of this. hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Bottle… Very dark, lightly hazed, burnt orange ale with a small, fizzy, beige head. The vinous, malty aroma offers notes of chocolate, wood, red wine, toasted nuts and vanilla, alongside light smoke phenols. The flavor is woodsy, vinous, smoky and sweet with a hint of vanilla. Alcohol and hop bitterness is an afterthought. Mildly boozy. Medium-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Chocolaty, vinous, drying finish. Thanks to ughsmash for sending the bottle my way! mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Courtesy boboski. Pours a slightly hazy caramel brown color, with a small off white head. Smells of big caramel and malts, sweet sugars, and light dark fruits. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and almost syrupy. The caramel malts are the most dominant flavor. tastes like a scotch ale. Really smooth and easy drinking. I liked the fact that the biterness was kept to a minimum. Nice sweet finish and lingering aftertaste. Good beer. golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Bottle, thanks to beastiefan2k. Dark brown reddish color. Aroma of some smoked peat and peanuts. Very meaty malt flavor, burnt aspects, and some bitter chocolate. Very tasty. jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2008
Bottle. Big thanks to fly for sending me this. Poured a dark brown body with thin head. Aroma is sweet malt and peat, light smoke. Flavor is sweet, peaty and musty. Some smoke and heavy maltiness. Nice sipping beer.