ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - SEP 6, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had from a small keg at the Real Ale festival in Bel Air, Maryland. This poured a murky light brown color with almost no head. Aroma was a identifiable as a scotch ale right off the bat. There was some good malt flavor with a hint of sour and hops. Alcohol came on a little strong at the end, but not a bad beer.
jcwattsrugger (11079) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
on hand pump-pours a patchy light tan head and dark brown color. Aroma is woody/dark malt-roasty/peat/molasses, dark fruit. Taste is scotch, vanilla, grain/wood/roasty/peat/molasses, dark fruit, acidic, some alcohol, yeast. Thin finish. Occasional.
Derek881 (1006) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I enjoyed this good beer at the brewery in May of 2008. It had a dark, somewhat cloudy brown color with a huge, tan, creamy head that had long-lasting retention. The aroma featured earthy tones and grainy hops, with some rich malt scents too, and the subtle oak effect. It had a mostly bitter, grainy flavor, with some sourness too, and was well put together. The body was pretty wet and it had a full mouthfeel with ample carbonation, and a well-maintained high alcohol content. Perhaps the best beer I have had at Barely and Hops.