MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 13, 2009
Poured a cola-looking body beneath a sparse, ivory head. Aroma was mainly malt. Flavour started off not so good, but improved as things warmed up. At the end of it all, it was drinkable but hardly memorable. At 5% ABV, I wouldn’t call this a "strong" ale by any stretch. RyanE (145) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2012
Dark brown pour with a thin head. Good nose with toasted malt and some hops coming through. Medium bodied with great balance. Coffee and cocao with a clean bitter finish. Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - FEB 6, 2011
Pours very dark brown with a thin head. Strong malty aroma lots of chocolate and subtle english hops. Very deep and malty, woody with lots of milk chocolate. It is s nice beer but not an ESB, and at 5% certainly not a strong ale. More of a porter if anything. cgarvieuk (26365) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 20, 2007
Bottle at home ... ruby brown ... sweet woody fruity malt little blackcurrent ... slightly smokey woodyness deep fruit base tones ... low carbonation presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 21, 2009
500ml bottle. BB4 Mar 2010. It looks like they have toned down this monster to a manageable 5.0%. Dark copper. Thin head. Aroma of dark Christmas cake and rum (says whisky on the bottle). Taste is dominated by alcohol and dark fruit. A hint of peat in the finish. Alcohol flavour is much stronger than the ABV although there is not the alcohol warmth.
VertBaconStrips (2422) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - DEC 19, 2009
Pours out a very deep brown and red brew, foamy tan head that gives out some very slippery lacing. Good toasty aroma with some sweetness, hidden raspberry??, some almond, not complicated but nice. The taste is roasty with interesting bitterness, extra intense sweet nut, nice hops, nutmeg?, bark... yumyum. Touch of herb, some wood on the finish and a hint of alcohol. Good carbonation, smooth, medium bodied and a mild bitter finish. Scubaguy (230) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 10, 2011
It pours a black color but some ruby hue’s when held to the light. It has a small off beige head, it settles to a thin ring.
On the nose, I am getting a large amount of malt and some solid oak.
The flavor is somewhat similar to the aroma although I was surprised by the roasted notes, I get a ton of malt. I also am picking up quite a bit of oak and some hints of vanilla.
It finishes with a sweetness and some real earthy notes, I find very little hops to speak of. If you are big into scotch whiskey then I can see you enjoying this. I was 2 hrs trying to finish a 500ml bottle. I would go for it again but only on a rare occasion.
dwyerpg (6496) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 23, 2009
A malty, somewhat soapy aroma. The flavor is much better than the aroma. A bit too malty, relatively thick, this is a decent scotch. Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 1, 2009
Dark brown with red highlights, small short lived film on top. Mildly sweet malty aroma, some cream cheese and berry. Smooth caramel malt flavor some smoky peat (not as much as other 1488 beers). Very sweet after taste. Almond and raspberry also make an appearance. I liked it good beer. madsberg (11799) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2010
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Unclear. Small off white head. Aroma of spice, fruits, smoke. Flavour of smoke, caramel, spice, fruits. Medium bodied. Dry smoky end.