Arayaga2 (2048) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark translucent ruby brown with a half inch of off-brown head. Brown sugar aroma with cola notes. Taste is the same with worty treacle notes, ending in moderate, but persistent hop bitterness. $2/22oz
coburn_c (6) - Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2016 does not count
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smells like caramel malt. Looks like Coke. Tastes like watery caramel malt. Feels like velvet water.
This is my favorite dark beer at the moment. It is ridiculously drinkable. Not too sweet, not heavy, not boozy or bitter. Just a little bit of all the right things and 8%ABV. Love it.
yespr (38487) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 22, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From tap. Pours dark brown, deep orange glare, small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty, breadish and caramelish. Sweet, roasted, caramelish, breadish. Light bitter, sweet malty finish.
superspak (4224) - Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/20/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, cocoa, raisin, plum, apple, light peat smoke/tobacco, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, cocoa, raisin, plum, apple, light peat smoke/tobacco, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, cocoa, light peat smoke/tobacco, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from hop/roasted notes as well. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Scotch ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
ryecatcher (1237) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep chestnut pour, medium foamy off-white head, okay lacing. Sort of a muted caramel, malty nose, like candy from the county fair. Mouth is where it earns its keep: medium sweet, chewy malt, maple sugar candy, raisins, dates, caramel, toasted pumpernickel, mild bitterness balances everything out. Not a homerun in all areas, but tastes delicious, which is what counts most.
mmmbeer (1369) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle served in a tumbler- poured a somewhat transparent black with a heavy tint of maroon when held to a light source. Various size frog eyes upon the liquid surface- no head, no ring. Aroma of peat, scotch, and hardwood nuts. Hits the mouth with a wide and hard body, malt is appropriate for the size and style, middle has some mass to it, finish has some plum, earth, and peat to it. Delightful to say the least.
miyauchi38 (1083) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Larry_Duffman (291) - - SEP 15, 2015
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I poured it from the bottle into a glass. It pours a light brown color with a small tan head and little lacing. The aroma wasnít very strong. It was caramel, nutty, and booze. The taste was nutty, caramel, and booze. It was creamy. It hid the alcohol well at first. As it warmed, it became much more pronounced.
BrewBoxer (2506) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft atvthe growler NYC. Dark brown color . Malty boozy taste but not much flavor. Not really a fan
jonhall (62) - - AUG 27, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from bottle and everything just seemed ok to me. My go to scotch ale is Founders Dirty Bastard, and I'd rather have that than this. I'd drink this though if Founders wasn't available.
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DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a perfect pint.
3.5 A: Lightly hazed deep amber brown color. One finger of frothy tan head. Retention is a tad below average and a thin ring of lacing is left.
3.5 S: Caramel, toffee, and peat right from the start. Then an almost mineral rustic outdoors. Sweet, yet manageable. Hints of tobacco, raisin, and dates.
3.5 T: Wow, thereís a lot of flavor in here. Big peat component with layers of caramel and toffee. More fruity than the nose with plum joining tobacco, raisin, and date. Mineral and a touch of metal. Itís not dry or sweet, but somewhere in the middle. Viscous neutral maltiness however.
3.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a little bite to it. Light creaminess with a little more chewiness.
3.5 D: Good enough all around. Give it a try if you havenít already.
DavoleBomb, Jul 09, 2013