Darkmagus82 (1856) - - JUL 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 8-8-12-
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Pours a copper color with the tiniest white head. The head was gone in a flash to give almost no lacing.
Smell – The smell is heaviest of caramel and toffee overall giving the brew a sweet smell. Mixed with these aromas is a good presence of booze as well as some lighter notes of malt and smoke.
Taste – The taste begins big of a bready and sweet base. The breadiness is of a wheat and biscuit flavor with the sweet being largely of caramel. As the taste advances flavors of toast and cherry come to the tongue. Bits of smoke and toffee also work their way into the taste and when combined with the rest, as well as a big dose of alcohol at the end, leave a boozy sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The beer was thick in body and lower in carbonation. Great for the flavors of the beer as it really allowed for the boozy and sweet flavors to sit and linger on the tongue.
Overall – An all right brew, but a bit more boozy then desirable, as it makes it quite difficult to sit, sip and enjoy.
MarkoR (583) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 12fl.oz. Pours an amber orange colour with medium off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel. Taste is same.
Nejhleader (1277) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has a bit of a caramel aroma. Taste is the same some malty caramel pretty smooth body, hides high abv well
WVHouseofBeer (895) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent beer but something was missing flavor-wise. Nice malty caramel aroma and flavor but that was about it. Not a real deep beer. The alcohol is masked very well and I wouldn’t guess the ABV is over 10%. Had no head whatsoever. Eh not bad I suppose.
DrSilverworm (7229) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, thanks to Micah W. Some bigger tropical fruit and creme aroma. Clear red color. Thin ring of khaki head, a loose bit of lace or two. Bigger body. Pretty smooth, soft, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Bigger bitter taste, light sweet, light bite to it. Decent scotch ale. Good for the bigger ABV. Gets more enjoyable as I go. A bit smoother, a bit creamier as the carbonation dies down (though never truly creamy at any point).
Westmeister (1865) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Just had the railbender so not sure what I’m going to get from this besides probably subpar. Pours a much darker than the railbender. It’s more clear dark brown amber. Smell is sweet caramel malts, with just a tinge of sweet fruits and a touch of a sour garbage note. Taste is a malt overdrive. Sweet, caramel, a bit fruity. Decent mouthfeel. Booze shows a bit. Not much better than its little bro.
nearbeer (3901) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. Clear reddish-copper with a lasting film of cream. Nose of earthy toffee and light booze. Tastes of toasted grain, darkish caramel, raisin, and hints of sour apple. Touches of dry cocoa and peat develop later. Medium-heavy body is sweetish per the style, but finishes nicely balanced by the earthy peat and a touch of roast. A smooth, average level of carbonation and a touch of alcohol warmth make for a decent cold weather sipper.
SSSteve (3862) - - OCT 25, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. syrupy dark red with no head. sweet, dextrinous aroma with almost a woody barrel character and plenty of unfermentable crystal malt. thick body. flavors of caramel mostly. i’m pretty sure none of the abv claims are correct from this brewery. there is no possible way this 10%. same with the other beers i’ve had.
MarkSachon (647) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from the four kind sampler case. Some serious shortcomings in taste and gravity make this a shadow of a true Scottish ale. Not quite sweet enough with very little caramel taste. Disappointment overall.
chinchill (2282) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle served in a Piraat snifter.
Appearance – Pours a mahogany color with a small and short-lived off-white head. The head left only a sparse spots of lacing.
Smell – Lightly sweet and moderately boozy. Some notes of baked bread and fruits, with a touch of peat smoke.
Taste – Starts quite sweet with caramel, caramelized sugar, and some breadiness. Some smoke works into the taste, becoming peaty in the finish. A boozy, beer liqueur character.
Mouthfeel – Medium+ body; low carbonation; moderate alcohol harshness and warmth.
Overall – More boozy then desirable, even for 10% ABV. Relatively fruity as if a somewhat Belgian version of the style.