CampesinoTino (753) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml Bottle. Reddish brown colored in appearance with a half-inch of tan foam and bubbles. Aroma is heavy on the toffee, molasses and caramel malt with a bit of rum and dark fruit in the background. The taste is much the same with a fair amount of caramel, chocolate and toasted malt notes upfront followed by some brown sugar, fig and currant to finish it off. Mouthfeel is creamy with medium carbonation and a mildly boozy, smoked finish. The overall flavor is similar to an English style Barley Wine with a little Stout roastiness around the edges. Lots of enjoyable malt flavors to savor throughout each sip.
NeoHippie2 (938) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark mahogany pour with an off-white head. Aromas of smokey peat, caramel, toffee, some subtle dark fruit notes, and brown sugar. Flavor is sweet and smokey malts with notes of toffee and molasses. Really great beer, very complex. Abv is well-hidden also.
Bosbouw (1133) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mooie zwarte kleur met een goede bruine kraag. Ruikt koffie, vanille. Smaakt vol, vanille, koffie, crème.
Abijen (1402) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark red slightly unclear beer with a good tan head. Smells malts, coffee and rye. Tastes the same. Average carbo, medium body and a sticky texture.
superspak (2472) - Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2014 750 ml bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but has a store price tag dated 11/2/2012. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, cherry, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, brown bread, nuttiness, chocolate, cocoa, light smoke, leather, tobacco, herbal, and toast/yeast earthiness. Incredible complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, cherry, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, brown bread, chocolate, cocoa, smoke, leather, tobacco, herbal, and roast/yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, cherry, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, brown bread, chocolate, cocoa, smoke, leather, tobacco, herbal, and roast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with an awesome malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a smooth, creamy, and moderately slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible Scotch ale! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate fruity yeast ester flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An extremely amazing offering.
Fritz123 (939) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with friends after the 4th. Snifters. Pours a dark brown with a thick off-white head. Aroma is fruity (plums, raisins, over-ripe apricots), bread, doughnut, dark sugars, molasses, and spices. The taste was similar with the fruits and spices pairing well with the alcohol finish. Full body, oily and creamy texture. Light carbonation. Really a full flavored, fresh Wee Heavy. Lots of barrel as well.
uwbeaker (3) - - JUL 4, 2014 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smooth bodied Scotch Style Ale with a mild aroma and a very full bodied head
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wvhoran (93) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Frenchman’s Cap with James and James. A dark ruby red colour with a foamy tan head. Aroma is dense malty, shortbread, fruitcake, caramel, spicy and alcohol. The flavour is caramel malts, dried fruit, brandy, cocoa, plummy. Wonderful.
Leighton (10540) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Manny G’s - thanks to Paul. Around 3-4 years old. Pours deep amber with a frothy beige head. Some old, rotting wooding the nose, leathery fruits, jammy berries. Medium to big sweet flavor, lots of rich bread, dates, a bit of old toffee, raspberry jam. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming to finish, fruitcake, more jam, raspberry, toffee. Great stuff. Touches of age at the edges but nice complexity overall.
wchesser (1122) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy red brown. Nose is light smoke, toffee. Sweet, with some burnt caramel and light smoke. Full bodied, almost chewy. Good scotch ale.
ElbowRocker (3) - - JUN 15, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a deep, hazy, dark brown amber with light just making it through the edges. Nice light beige head and lots of fine lacing. Aroma is mild with toffee notes. Palate is full and smooth, great feel. Taste is delicious; caramel, toffee, burnt sugar, and finally raisins or some fruity flavor I can’t quite pin down. Excellent beer.