Sammy (12491) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2009
Enjoyed on tap at the brewery, clocking in at 8.3% and IBU 32. Two months of barrelageing. A bite of burnon. Very dark Colour had red highlights, lace lines left as she went. Some sour stout roast. A winish taste, in a word. Above average mouthfeel. MartinT (10014) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
Roasted malts and the dry crust of pumpernickel bread gain weight with the rich caramel it is fed with...Coffee beans and fruity esters dance freely in the round body, as roasty bitterness serves as a curtain call...The hands-down winner of this afternoon of sampling at Watch City... ClarkVV (6825) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2005
On draught 4/06/2005 at Redbones. Though the glass was convex and I was in a bar (though not smokey), I could immediately smell a strong treacle/molasses aroma, with brown sugar, thick, dark malts, quite sweet, and a bit of light roast. Very intense aroma. The body is a dark brown, opaque and unfiltered with a small light beige head, that slowly recedes to a ring. There is not so much lacing, as there is coating of the glass. Flavor begins with a sugary (brown sugar, molasses) malt, that is thick, chewy and lasting of flavor. A touch of dryness, ever so light, begins to show on the palate, with light roast, a touch of earthiness and faint warming from the alcohol. Sweet chocolate, caramel and toffee are in full force through the middle of the beer. As it begins to finish, the flavors continue to dry some, with the peat smoke lingering lightly in the background, increasing in apparency as the beer warms, but never adding more than just an enticing hint. On the very finish, dry, earthy notes (light wood, barley, brown bread) are apparent but do not really challenge the caramel and brown sugar. Full body, wonderfully creamy and yet drinkable. Though the beer leans heavily towards the sweet side, I didnt feel the balance was thrown off. If they knew how to bottle beer well at Watch City (based on all of my experiences, they don’t) this could age marvelously. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
Very dark brown body. Head is initially quite big, light brown, foamy and displaying excellent lacing. Aroma initially scares with its sour hints, but that’s more from the breadiness than anything else. It smells very toasty, biscuity with strong dried caramel, molasses and pudding notes. I wish this were more intense because this is truly enjoyable to whiff. The palate answers the expectations. A strong peatiness ensures a lengthy finish, earthy, rich and generous. Ample sweet malt profile procures a generous body, creamy, comfortable through its light carbonation. More malt development leads into toasty chocolate and leather goodness. This may actually be one of the top 5 scotch ales I’ve had. muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2004
UPDATED: APR 1, 2005 Feb 04: 6 oz sample at the brewpub. Nearly black and oily, with no head. Earthy, malty-sweet nose. Incredible silky-oily thick mouthfeel, exactly what I want from a Scotch. Brown sugar-sweet, peaty, smoky, bbq flavors, bitter chocolate to finish. Almost great....
tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2005
March 05: even better this time, strikes me as earthier, sweetness a bit more restrained, better balanced.
Big round malty aroma is very sweet and appealing. Clear dark brown with ruby highlights and generous, fine-bubbled, off-white head that recedes to ring with some lacing. Big, sweet, round malty flavours with some doughy yeast notes and caramel and toffee sweetness that lead you through to a lightly roasty finish with just a hint of peat. Smooth creamy texture with moderate carbonation and medium-full body. Truly well-made and enjoyable. Sampled at the brewpub with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere. beastiefan2k (4033) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - MAY 12, 2007
~8oz glass @ brewpub, 8.4%. Pours with a black body and a tan head. Absolutely no clarity and looks like a stout. Very roasty aroma, again akin to a stout. However here come the other aspects, a traditional earthy maltiness and some chocolate even below that. Taste is not heavy, peppered with nutty/earthy maltiness, light peat, some cocoa sweetness. No alcohol burn but just a hint of alcohol heft. Slightly under-carbonated body. A great thirst quencher with lots of character, recommended and would have again. Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 23, 2003
6 OZ sample at the brewpub: Dark orange with no head. Sweet robust malty aroma. Starts bitter and ends a bit sweet. RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2007
On tap in a snifter at the brewery. This year’s has some chocolate in it and weighs in at 8.6% ABV. Very nice beer, a bit like a scotch ale/porter hybrid. Cocoa and peat in the flavor. Sooo very easy drinking, the high ABV is practically undetectable. Watch City nailed this one. dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 17, 2005
Dark brown in color with ruby highlights and a small tan head with large loose bubbles. Sweet malty aroma with a touch of alcohol,oak, dark fruit and cherries. Flavor starts sweet and ends dry with a good malt presence, subtle roasted grain,chocolate and molasses.