cmacklin (1304) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 8, 2017 elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy, dark amber, with little in the way of head. Wispy, off-white lacing remains. Aroma of sweet fruits dominate, with distinct cherry, fig, and banana note. Strongly alcoholic aroma and not much in the way of malts or hops. Flavor is strongly alcoholic and warming. Some sweet-sour fruitiness is there, but the hoppy bitterness is a bit surprising. Mouthfeel is watery with moderate carbonation. In sum, a great wintertime ale.
355ml bottle. Pours a clear red-amber with a small, short lived, beige head that fully dissipates. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, dried fruit and alcohol. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar and light spice with a dry, warming alcohol finish. Medium to full body with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Nice. ljthiessen (1437) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 2, 2017
Bottle. Clear chestnut brown pour with a small off-white head. Aroma is rich caramel and subtle dark fruits. Taste is a little sweet, caramel, raisin. Somewhat thick texture, finishes surprisingly balanced for the sweetness up front. Bill Becker (1773) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 2, 2017
From Jan 2008
I got this bottle in a trade with leftmindedrighty. Thanks Aaron!
This one pours from 12oz bottle a clear deep amber/brown with about a 1" layer of foam after a careful pour. There's some nice lacing and the foam is receding ever so slowly.
The smell is not shy at all. Lots of caramel malt along with some dark fruit and notes of whiskey.
The taste on first sip and the malt and dark fruit is there in abundance but whoah, so is the alcohol. Lots of warming during and after the swallow. Smaller sips are in order here. ;^)
Further sips in and the whiskey smell I noted is in the taste as well and it's pretty darned nice. I don't believe I've had an example of the style quite like this. Oh, and in the background and somewhat subdued is some chocolate goodness.
It has a thick body and it finishes with some hoppy zest that somewhat balances the sweetness from the malt. Interesting brew but I *know* I couldn't drink more than 1 at a sitting. Quick3Beers (1418) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 20, 2017
Pours a coppery brown from a bottle, very little head which quickly dissipates. Big caramel, toffee aroma, some vanilla added in the flavor. Too sweet and syrupy for me. Good beer. slowrunner77 (12804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 13, 2017
Dark amber color is lighter than expected, but this is a pretty nice sweet leaning wee heavy. Would like more peat, but the dark pit fruit and carmelized malt flavor and aroma that are present are quite nice.
PorterPounder (8275) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2017
Tallahassee, Fl - Beer Stop - 12 oz bottle. Dark copper pour, quickly fading off-white head. Aroma has some peat-like accents, a hint of chocolate, some licorice. Flavor has some toffee notes, a bit of chocolate, a hint of licorice and has a smoky back end. Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Pretty solid. barrelagedluv (54) - Pittsburg, California, USA - MAR 17, 2017
The aroma is a bit flat, but boozy. The deep amber, almost brandy tint is quite eye catching. Sugary syrup dissolves on the tongue, reminding me vividly of a candy apple. The finish is a bit thin, with a slight metallic flavor. Not necessarily one of the best scotch wee-heavy (its more like wee-lite) ales I’ve had. I’d take a McEwans over this... Sirmixsomewhat (266) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2017
This beer is nice, but it looks and smells more tantalizing than it tastes or sits in your mouth. It’s got an interesting finish, one that sours, in a sense, but it’s good. It’s funky. BelgianBeerGal (4155) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2017
ABC PCB bottle. Pours out a nice amber color with a khaki head and nice carbonation. Lots of bread malt and yeast in the aroma. Sweet toffee flavor with a touch of bitter coffee in the finish. Maybe some maple syrup or simple syrup too. Nice. BVery (11361) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2017
Bottle from Total Wine in Daytona. Clear copper colored pour with a minor head. Sweet sugars, toffee and caramel, and some booze heat. Not bad.