BarossaLuke (552) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2009
Light brown with red hue, little head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is slightly burnt toffee, a little peatish/smoke aroma, caramel with a slight American hop aroma too. Slightly smoky and caramel on the palate, again with a very slight American hop flavour of fruit and citrus. Some nice raisin/fruit cake flavour too. Medium to full bodied, well balanced. An obvious American take on the style, but that is in no way a negative thing. Good beer! tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin head.
Nose is standard for the style, hints of molasses, smoke, and dark fruits.
Taste is very smoky, lots of brown sugar, molases, maple syrup and booze. philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Thin head.Clear dark ruby red black color.Sweet malt aroma.Mild hops.Creamy rich cloying sweet dark fruit fig black cherry roasted malty minimal smoky heather pine note body.Smooth & Rich.Mild malt spice hot EtOH malty end.Minimal Scottish Bourban notes. icmac (33) - Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2009
No overwhelming scents. The head was creamy and left a little lace on the glass. Extremely smooth considering the high alcohol content. Nice malt flavor. Color is dark. mar (5456) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2009
bottle thanks to zdk9 from ba. deep amber with a cream head. nose is smokey, malts, light caramel and faint alcohol. nice on the palate with a hearty caramel flavor and a chewy peaty finish.
thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2009 ( 22oz bomber thanks to BA zdk9) pours clear dark reddish brown with spare ring of bubbles. Nose of burnt brown sugar, caramel and light peat. Taste of roasted sweet grains, toasted sugar, alcohol, caramel and peat. A little syrupy and undercarbonated but tastes nice on finish. jb43 (1695) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2009
(bottle from RiversideAK). Clear dark brown color. Medium tan head, which is mostly diminishing. Aroma of bread and molasses. Sweet molasses flavor with light alcohol. Avg duration. Thin texture. Smooth finish. Moderate carbonation. Spare lacing. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2009
22oz bottle from riversideAK - thanks, Alex! My man hooked me up with the barrel-aged version of this brew a while back, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the base beer is equally complex and inviting. Mellow malts in the nose and then a lively fruit bouquet emerges, pert and intriguing. Full bodied and smooth on the palate, the flavors mingle very pleasantly, with enough hops in there to balance things out. A hint of vanilla but not much smoke or peat in there. Overall, though, a very lively version of the style. Alcohoarder (34) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Rich nose with dark dried fruits and toffee. Intense, slightly cloying malty monster. Finishes with a hint of burnt sugar bitterness. Very good for wintertime sipping next to a roaring fire. LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2009
Draft at the brewpub. Pours reddish in color with thin white head. Aroma carmel, smokey and peat. Taste smoke, malty and carmel with bitter finish.