Gachupines (785) - USA - JUL 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, smoky flavor, but not too strong for the style. Fairly high malt level, would definitely revisit this beer.
skaughty (642) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2006 Re-Rate - rating is avg of servingsDennis offered a 1L bottle of 1 yr. aged version and the flavor was much cleaner and truer to style.<P>
íll agree with the walnut color, but the malt level and taste didnít seem to fit the bill for a 90 shilling. The taste didnít have the old mustiness to be expected in this style. The smokiness was replaced with a chalky dryness that left the palate frowning. It is pleasant enough to throw one of these down, but there is room for improvement.
Shag (2531) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark brown apperance with a moderate head. A very malty profile complete with some roasted nuts, molasses, and dark fruit. This is one addictive sipper. This beer is a little sticky and oddly thin. But its a good representation of the style and one that will certainly improve with aging. These guys certainly brew some interesting beers!
SpringsLicker (3035) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught after GA 14% gathering.
Although there are a few things missing with this beer, I donít think it will be long before these Georgia brewers have the kinks worked out on these bigger beers.
Nice deep ruby color with a thick short lasting head. A hint of malt bitterness in the aroma. The flavor is sweet with a touch of bitterness, but it lacks the smoky/ peated malt contribution that I feel a Scottish or Scotch Ale should have.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 2, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1 Qt. 1.8. oz. swing-top; bottle-conditioned? I'm not sure whether these were bottle-conditioned or just bottled and saved to sell after the initial supply ran out. Hardly any aroma to speak of; very subtle dry malt character. Also lacked carbonation and head. Some juicy/tangy dark fruity notes swirled atop brown sugar and molasses. I want to sample this on draft to compare - not a very good Scotch from the bottle.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1 Qt. 1.8. oz. swing-top; bottle-conditioned: Speckled ruby with orange borders. Teeny-bubbled, sticky, bleached tan head. Sour concord grapes, black cherry pits, cream, and medicine aroma. Sharply sugary, as well, along with roasted malt, smoke, maple, tobacco, meaty undertones. Watery body. Minimal carbonation. Very mellow flavors of tangy, grapey malts. Lightly glazed, powdery maltiness comes into play before the watery body quickly releases them into a thin, sugary mess. Creamy yet very mellow at the finish with a light dusting of burnt wood, dried plum, and leather. Light lingering leaf and sugar notes envelop the unsweetened chocolate and pale, powdery malts. This is insanely mellow and, frankly, too much for itís own good. Swirl after swirl left me yearning for more of its delicate aromas. On top of that, at $20 a bottle, Iíll have this on draft next time.
kwoeltje (2207) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, deep brown with light brown head. Rich malt aroma. Full bodied sweeet malt with hints of dark fruit. Went great with their flourless chocolate cake.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nicely done...Nice dark color that that only let in small amounts of light around the edges...Very nice full mouthfeel full of caramel and Brown Sugar...I loved it
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great after dinner beer for sipping and relaxing. Nice and dark with a lasting tan head. Flavor changes and improves as the beer warms.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Snifter. Milk chocolate, caramel, mild coffee (M); plums, raisins, dates, brown sugar aromas. Deep ruby/walnut body with a thick, creamy, white head that is slowly diminishing. Heavily sweet flavor becomes a heavily sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic finish. Medium heavy body, watery texture, flat carbonation. The bottom line is: oh so close; if only there was a little bit of smokiness and a creamy texture.