fordest (1964) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle. Great stuff. Poured dark brown with very little head, and consequently very little lacing. Aromas of caramel, molassas, and other malts. Flavors were greater with chocolate, coffee, and more delicious roastiness. Alcohol flavors as well. Yummy Yummy.
Tmoney99 (10454) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at tasting. Brown hue with medium light brown head. Complex aroma and flavor of malt and sweet. medium to full body with long finish. Great brew.
Kinz (3256) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Initial sample was at the brewery, notes and rating from bottle. Poured a ruby brown, with a nice light tan head slowly rising from the depths. Amazing aroma, with molasses, plums, smoke, alcohol, and dark chocolate, all in balance with each other. Could sniff this one all night (and did, considering it took me almost 5 hours to finish the bottle). Flavors were mostly centered around chocolate and a bit of smokiness, with faint plum in the background, and an alcohol finish. Not as complex and enticing as the aroma, but excellent nonetheless. Overt presence of alcohol on the finish keeps this one from being rated even higher. I donít mind alcohol notes, but I felt that in this case it somewhat masked other, more interesting flavors.
Dorwart (2361) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2008 Nice thick, light tan head of fine dense bubbles. Settles slowly and very nicely. Light carbonation. Awesome rich aroma. Caramel, prunes, peat, raisins and a load of malt. My goodness there is a lot of stuff in there. Color is a very dark mahagony brown. Big alcohol punch. Loaded with plenty of chewy malts, peat and smoke. Just the way a great scotch ale should be. Some vinuous and oak notes in there also. Flavors become more complex as the brew warms. And warms it does, way down inside from the generous alcohol content. Finish is creamy and slightly smokey. A wonderful scotch ale and one that should be savored. Thanks TAR! A great big thanks to TAR for this gem amongst gems.
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 Tried this in a small tasting glass at Cleveland Ale Fest (5/05). The lady who poured this did not know a thing about what she was doing. Consequently my pour was quite chunky with sediment. It was also dark brown. The aroma was difficult to place in a shot glass sized taster but I noted a crisply sweet scent. The flavor was most agreeable. Smoky malt sweetness. Wood and caramel, chocolate, and pine hops creeping in at the end. Very unique and flavorful, nothing like I expected (donít usually like Scottish ale). The brew also had a medium body with some slickness to it. Dry finish marked by hops. Iíll re-rate this someday when I get a bottle for my self.
Tried a bottle for myself the other night. I was surprised to see that my initial rating was fairly acurate. Noted additional caramel and smokey aroma. Flavor notes this time included malty, minerals, marshmallows, caramel and smoke. Creamy but watery body. Iíve adjusted my score up a bit.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reviewed from a 2003 750ml bottle. This appears a black color till held up to the light and dark cherry highlights could be seen. A fluffy beige head sits atop the dark body that leaves minimal lace as this was consumed. Fruits scents will the aroma along with slight caramel malt sweetness. There is also a slight smoky note I am picking up from time to time. The flavor has a strong molasses taste with malty sweetness and the alcohol is definitely present. There were notes of chocolate and caramel and it ended with a slight alcohol after taste. Body was almost full with a sticky coating mouthfeel. I had no trouble finishing this big bottle and I would have had more if it were available. A very good example of the style that is worth a shot for sure.
ross (2075) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours out brown colored, with a small head. a typical alesmith, with little co2. flavor is smooth, malty, and sweet. this is a very good beer, even though i am not big on the style, this beer blew away my expectations. the best scotch ale, period.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful bottle to add to the presentation. Dark amber pour with a creamy white head. Fantastic aroma with scotch, caramel malts, fruits and vanilla. Taste has a wonderful sipping quality to it with a wonderful caramel and scotch mouthfeel. Various fruits such as apple come into play in the palate. I was totally impressed with this. Iíll have more beers from the style and see how this matches up.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to MagicBill at the DL release party.This had the aroma of scotch whiskey and strongly of malts.Oily on the glass.I need to get some of this,I loved the sipping quality of this.
Frank (2758) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, very malty with just a small tap of bitterness on the back of the tongue. Slightly roasty and chocolaty. Very nice to my taste buds.