NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Wow, what a beer! If you like scotch, then you’ll really enjoy this brew. It tastes like theres a shot of scotch in every bottle haha, in a good way too. Lots of smoked peat and roasted barley on the nose, very robust brew here. On the palate you’ve got lots of smokey flavors with the scotch flavors shining through all the while the malty backbone is there as well. Very complex. Usually on brews that have an abv about 8% I start to get a little nervous because I don’t like a strong alcoholic bite to my brew but this beer hides the 10% very well. Great beer, I’ll be buying this one again for sure. finn1918 (238) - Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Local bottle shop had these on a blowout clearance for $1 a bottle. Arguably the best beer purchase I’ve ever made. Pours a very, very, very dark brown with a half-finger tan head that lingers for a very long time. Aroma is very spicy and complex. Taste is dark chocolate bitterness balanced out by a subtle malt sweetness. Thick and syrupy on the tongue, like I was drinking a creme liqueur straight. Finish is strong and stuck with me for more than 30 minutes after I finished the bottle. An excellent beer, but too overbearing for people who are not interested in moody, intense beers. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 12, 2011
THOUGHTS: One of the best Sam Adams beers I’ve ever tried — and I’ve tried over 40. A wonderful different take one sweet and bitter balance, with smoke bitterness instead of hops bitterness. Hid alcohol fairly well for the high ABV.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark red that looked nearly brown in the glass with a large to huge, tan head that diminished very slowly and kept a nice sheet and left good lacing. The aroma was a bit weak, but contained. light molasses and caramel; hints of chocolate; apple; cherry; slight alcohol; and smoke. The initial flavor was moderate to rather sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet and moderate to rather bitter in an acrid smokey way with an average to fairly long duration. There was caramel, cherry, apple brown sugar, smoke, molasses, maple syrup, hops, more smoke, burnt caramel slight alcohol, prune and a hint of chocolate. The medium to full body was sort of syrupy with lightly fizzy carbonation and a smokey and lightly alcoholic finish.