ramboraffe (1335) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at RBScSG. Cloudy brown with off white head. Vinous and molasses in aroma. Vinous with fruit, dried fruit and syrup. Sweet with low bitterness and low carbonation.
larsniclas (6186) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at RBScSG-15
Brown with almost no head.
Sweet and vinous aroma with molasses and dark toffee.
Sweet in the flavour with dried fruits.
SinH4 (1227) - Garching, GERMANY - JUL 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2015 Taster at the brewery. Dark brown color with beige ring. Aroma is not too strong, mostly toffee. Taste is a complex nutty-earthy flavour explosion without being sweet-malty. Well-balanced, as always. Amazing take on the Scotch Ale style!
Reynolds314 (2915) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Scotch ales arent my thing but this was decent. Amber brown color with no head. Aroma is tons of nuts, light oxidized notes, and caramel. Taste is moderately sweet and a bit harsh but you really cant taste the 10%. Good beer.
ChemaMartinez (25) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 20, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Un capricho de cerveza. Tostada, con un aroma a caramelo muy equilibrado. Y con alcohol, como debe ser.
danlo (1739) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Dark brown colour, beige foam head and aroma of malt, toffee, caramel, dark fruit, roasted, woody, nutty. Taste is sweet malty, roasted note, bready, with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, raisins, nutty and earthy spicy grassy bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, lingering malty finish. Nicely drinkable.
Tstamba (443) - Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber to a tulip. Deep Amber brown with light tan head and loose lacing. Rich notes of fresh bread and toffee, spice, dark fruit. Smooth, flavorful, balanced. A delicious Scottish style ale.
UrbanCaveman (167) - Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
25 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at ~45 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark mahogany brown, and forms two fingers of pale tan head with fantastic retention. The head itself leaves almost sheetlike lacing on the glass as it recedes, and the rest of the lacing is appropriately thick as well.
Smell: Thick, heavy toffee and caramel, sweet and bready, rush out of the glass like kilt-clad highlanders in Pictish war paint howling a battle cry as they charge downhill, swords in hand. There’s a hint of some raisin in there as well, like the wrinkled old highlander marching behind them, playing the bagpipes, caring not that he’s walking into a battlefield unarmed. He’s crazy, that raisin. Oh, and you can smell faint leather as well, which makes sense, because baldrics and boots and such. To battle!
Taste: That aforementioned toffee and caramel? It came to fight. Those are the first flavors that greet the tongue, the vanguard of the assault, before the rank and file troops hit as a wall of warm dark bread. Somewhere in the swirling chaos of malty melee, that raisin rings out, like strains of Scotland the Brave played within the roar of battle and the screams of the dying. As the beer moves along, tones of leather and damp, peaty earth appear, fitting for a field of war soaked in sweat and blood. The ABV also makes an appearance towards the finish, a sudden surge of heat as the victors set fire to the homes and lands of the fallen.
Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, full, rich, and sticky, this latches on to one’s teeth and does not let go easily.
Overall: Quite a good wee heavy, with intense malt flavors and just enough earthy bitter, and the mouthfeel and appearance one wants from this style nailed perfectly. The only complaints I have, if one can even call them that, is a relative paucity of dark fruit complexity (I get only raisin from this one), and some unconcealed heat from the ABV. It’s still a heck of a wee heavy, and a heck of a beer!
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Brown pour with a big white head. Caramel, oak. Medium body and carbonation. Really nice
Fspirit (54) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown to black appearance with small head. Heavy matls, nuts, dark fruits, coffee on the aroma. Full bodied and sticky with medium sweet and salty taste.