dwyerpg (6496) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 15, 2011
The first really good beer that I had at the festival. Thick, a bit smoky, this is a very chewy meal-like beer. PapaSkeetSkeet (1011) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Pours dark, dark brown with no transparency (so rather dark for a scotch ale). Very thin light brown head. Aroma is a sweet smoked maltiness with a difficult to put to words scottish yeast character (I wish I still had the beer in front of me). Flavor is sweet, slight smoke/roast, yeasty (in a mineral way?), followed by a moderate hop bitterness, also unusual for the style. Big thick body, but very drinkable, in part due to the hops actually. Delicious in my opinion. RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Pours a dark brown with red highlights and a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, pumpernickel, toffee, peat smoke (less obvious than rauchbiers or peaty scotches) and wood. Flavor begins sweet with caramel, brown sugar, and adds plenty of earth, toffee, peaty smoke and dryness. Finishes with only a pinch of bitterness but it’s mainly a balance of very gentle smoke, wood, earth, toffee, and lingering caramel. Kinda cloying aftertaste, but it’s not actually as annoying as I feared. Medium heavy bodied, seems slightly thin (thanks, filtration!), and the carbonation isn’t very creamy. Low alcohol presence. There’s flaws, sure, but overall I’m really happy I like this as much as I do. Sam Adams: still, a good decision. jtclockwork (17635) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Pours black. Tan head. Nose and taste of scotch, peat, smoked chocolate malts and brown sugar. Taste has some medicinal and herbal characteristics. Medium body. Chalky mouth feel. Rosebud butternuts (2398) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2011
bottle thanks to swalden28. poured a dark brown with ruby highlights and a beige head. aroma and flavor were great with chocolate, fudge, and peat. almost heavy body with decent carbonation. this may become a regular drinker for me.
beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Pours deep clear ruby that allows light to pass just along the edges with a thin tan head that lingers through the second sip and leaves light lace. Pleasant aroma of malt with notes of very mild smoke and brown sugar. The flavor is malt with again mild smoke and brown sugar. A bit of the peat comes through in the flavor as well, which I did not get in the nose. There is some moderate alcohol heat towards the finish that lingers briefly before subsiding. vodka4blood (152) - Miltonboro, Vermont, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Not surprisingly, this is the best Sam Adams I’ve ever had (note: reviewer has severe bias towards this style). blipp (9906) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Bottle. Pours deep deep brown with a beige head. Peaty smokey aroma with earthy notes, a light sweetness and leather. The flavor has peaty smoke, light roasty notes, some light sweetness, and tobacco. Awesome. Niko100 (3012) - Chicago, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Dark amber/brown color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, caramel, & dark fruit; Flavor of smoky malt, dark fruit, caramel, dark chocolate, and some spice; Alcohol at the finish; Overall, not balanced very well - could not get into this one. Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2011
This poured a semi cloudy brown color with an off white head. Aroma was of dark fruits, light peat, and some caramel too. Flavor was big and sweet upfront, light alcohol, a very nice peat smoke character that I was not expecting from this beer. Good Stuff.