musinj6 (359) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark translucent brown with 1 finger creamy tan head that quickly dissipates leaving a little lacing. Hints of caramel, toasted hops, bread. Boozy for sure with some woodiness to it. Some spruce and grassy hops underlying the malty front. Chewy, medium to full body with lively moderate carbonation. Sweet in the front with a little bitterness coming in thereafter. Long, bitter finish with some tobacco at the hind end. This is a pretty good scotch ale.
Addendum: After reading the description (which I try to do only after), I do agree with the taste of dark fruits/plums.
Christpuncher (543) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Super sour and and really easy to drink. Pours a dark brownish read on color. Has a bitter dis jsh and tastes like. Jerries.
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jbruner (1734) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to a trade with jdb288! Labeled as 8% abv. Pours a translucent reddish brown with thin lacy tan head that leaves good lace. Aroma is boozy smoke and caramel malt, almost a isopropyl alcohol note. Taste is a nice blend of smoke malt and caramel sweetness, just a slight hint of the booze here. Not bad, medium body and carbonation.
rumproasts (1845) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. Mahogany brown with one finger head. Strong caramel malt, dark fruit. Roasty, but a little thin.
wlajwl (3345) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is dark fruit and very slight vinous notes. The flavor is dark fruit, mild scotch notes, slightly vinous, malts and a bit of warming alcohol in the finish.
chinchill (1024) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Undated bottle poured with some vigor into a snifter. Clear dspite a coat of sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Only a thin tan head with weak retention, but some spotty lacing. Rich, malty aroma and flavor with an excellent finish and aftertaste.
Feel: medium+ body; fine, low carbonation.
O: Nicely true to style, particularly the malty aroma, but with the higher ABV a bit more obvious. Best ale Iíve had from this brewery.
tmoreau (1935) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle with no dating on the label, castle on the front, and 8% abv stated. To a Czech-pils glass displaying a dark, ruby highlighted, mahogany brown color, raised an average but not very persistent layer of tan cream & bubbles with the pour, but left some tight, clingy lacing on the glass. The aroma was smooth grain/creamy malt, toastiness, chocolate, caramel, and a little toffee. Tanniny astringency coupled with strong, earthy, dry, and lingering hop bitterness made quite an impression in the taste, but malt was still dominant. Also present was some dark fruit sweetness as prune, and evident alcohol warmth. Medium to full bodied, maybe a little age on the bottle, but it held up well. First hefty Scotch Ale Iíve had in quite awhile. Others claimed to be so, but were more on the scale of lighter shilling Scottish Ales.
Alextricity (387) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Looks like Coke or something -- dark reddish brown with about a finger of head that quickly bubbles away. Absolutely no lacing whatsoever, and very few bubbles stick to the side of the glass.
Smell: Really Scotchy with some traces of alcohol. Caramel malts are there as well, but this is distinctively Scotch-like.
Taste/feel: Now, thereís no bottle date on this, but I have to think itís past its prime. Dark fruits and Scotch on the front, and it really stays the same the whole way through. Slight bitter aftertaste. Quite carbonated, and with a pretty thin feel.
This is the second Scotch Ale that Iíve had in a row (the other being Innis & Gunís Oak Aged) that has just been unappealing to me. This is considerably better than the I&G beer I had, but I still feel like it has to be an old bottle. It looks ugly, it smells "bleh", and it doesnít taste very good. Iíd say it could be because I donít like the style, but I find Dirty Bastard and Old Chub to both be tasty brews. Not feeling this one by Arcadia.
jeremyh70 (500) - Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a mahogany color with orange highlights, a small tan head that has poor retention and only a bit of lacing. Aroma is somewhat roasty with some molasses and a hint of cherry. Taste of roasted malt with burnt molasses and a prominent licorice flavor. A small amount of alcohol and some bitterness in the finish. Medium mouthfeel with low/medium carbonation. An unremarkable scotch ale that has a bit too much bitterness for the style and has a rather shallow depth of flavor.
ddemmingjr (638) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle- pours cloudy deep blackish brown, velvety off white head that settles. Dark fruits, plum, peat on the nose. Nuts, caramel malts, cola flavors on the tongue. Rich body. Finish is a bit cloying and sweet with some alcohol heat. Fair beer but nothing special
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BOSSbrewer (1048) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber brown pour. Taste of plums and raisins. Tan head with some alcohol on the finish. Nice beer.