jcnielsen (3416) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours an amber color with white head. Caramel, leather, malty aromas. Caramel, boozy, wood, slight earthy flavors. Not really my style, but decent enough. GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 4, 2015
On tap at the Bull in Gainesville. Dark ruby pour, small beige head. Lots of malt sweetness, some clove and a bit of fruity yeastiness to it. A bit on the light side of body, but the flavor is wonderful aumentm (750) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
This is not my favorite. It is very malty and sweet. It is a true scotch beer and is dark with sweet mix of deep malt. AirForceHops (8034) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 20, 2015
12 oz bottle purchased at the Beer Shoppe, Adrmore, PA. Best before 9/2015 ticked on the side of label.Thin head retention that died after a minute on top a deep ruby color. The aroma is sweet caramel, light pear, burnt brown sugar and a light fruit note. Underdogs88 (325) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Flavor is right with the nose with a lot of caramelized toffee/ caramel leading into a mild peat hint in the finish. Alcohol is also here but not overwhelming or distracting. Light dark fruit as it warms up. Body is fuller side of medium with a lower Co2 level. Pretty well made.
Kettle caramelization is high. Appearance is a cloudy dark brown with an off white head. The head was poor with poor retention. Flavor has a one dimensional rich caramelization flavor, but not much else. Mouthfeel is medium light with medium carbonation. Overall, the beer has an interesting caramelization flavor, but is still one dimensional and I really don't enjoy it. The recipe needs more complexity. Also, the beer lacks the typical full/medium full body of a wee heavy.
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italarican (1606) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2014
On tap at Finnegan’s. Amber, mahogany pour. Sticky sweet caramel, some soft dark chocolate malts, moderate oak. Definitely a wee heavy. Nice and sticky sweet. Because of the sticky sweetness, this is great when you want a wee heavy but would probably be rough if I wasn’t actually seeking that out. Darkmagus82 (2303) - - SEP 3, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 3-23-13-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer was served as a golden amber color with a one finger off white head. The head faded relatively quickly leaving a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma is big and sweet with a strong aroma of brown sugar and some lighter notes of toffee. With these sugary smells is a good presence of a dark fruit and a heavy malt nature with lighter hints of roast mixed within. Rounding all the aromas out is a light boozy smell which overall produces a sweet and comforting smell.
Taste – The taste follows the nose very swell. A big malty and sweet flavor of a lightly roasted malt and bready nature mixed with big flavors of brown sugar meet the tongue. Some flavors of toffee and a light amount of a dark fruit then hit the tongue more toward the middle of the taste. As the taste advances to the end, a very light alcohol flavor meets the tongue leaving an almost lightly liquored hard candy taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is creamier and smooth with a carbonation level that was on the lower side. This feel was quite nice for creating a slower drinker with it accentuating nicely all the sweet and malty flavors of the brew.
Overall – A rather enjoyable drink I must say. A bit on the candy sweeter side even for a wee heavy, but very enjoyable and pleasant to drink. micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Amber colored ale with very little foam formation. A slight haze is present and little carbonation.
A rich malty aroma, sweet and buttery.
A sweet tasting malt bill caramel and Vienna malt. Some bread or biscuit at end.Some fruity esters are present.
I can taste a very light smokiness.
Smooth with a medium body
A pretty good beer. b3shine (9267) - Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle to snifter (2008 vintage; shared by the Ei8ht Ball crew). Looks good for the style; a cloudy dark amberish caramel with off-white lacing. Smells solid; dark fruit and caramel; maybe a touch of unaversive oxidization. Tastes like it smells with a solid, full-bodied mouthfeel. A good example of the style. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2014
(bottle - 12 oz) Ruby pour with a thin tan head. Huge malty and sweet aroma with lots of caramel and toffee. Flavor is very sweet and malty as well, perhaps just on the verge of turning as it is an older vintage. Still smooth and malty with a good alcohol presence.