Fluxing (283) - POLAND - MAY 15, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Warka 08.2015, 7,4% ABV. Kolor ciemnomiedziany, idealnie klarowne. Piana srednio wysoka, powoli opada, zostawia gruba warstwe i troche oblepia szklo. W zapachu karmel, suszone owoce i troche alkoholu, aromat malo intensywny. W smaku polpelne, lekko slodkawe i kwaskowate, intensywnie karmelowe i lekko owocowe, minimalna nuta metaliczna. Goryczka niska, lekko sciagajaca, aromat ziolowy i trawiasty, wzmacniana przez piekacy alkohol. Wysycenie srednie.
wimpyjoe (3782) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from B&M, Rochdale. Bronze-red, no head, with a noticeable strength but enough sweetness throughout to enjoy.
BAMF (78) - Albion, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is caramel dominant with some earth and sweet malt tones. Upon first Pour there was a lot of stunk type aromas at dissipated. Appearance is brown deep ruby highlights with a good amount of tan off white head that quickly dissipates. Flavor is Carmel dominant with hints of skunk and earth. It has malty and nutty with slightly sweet flavors and some alcohol showing through. Medium mouth feel with moderate carbonation and some alcoholic lending to a slightly dry finish. Overall the clear bottle and shelf storage is lent to some skunk flavors. The beer is dominated by a silky smooth caramel flavor and aroma with alcohol and sweetness.
maeib (8672) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2014 Bottled 26/04/14. A dark brown coloured beer with hardly any head. a boozy Scotch type ale. Sweet oaky notes. Quite vinuous and reasonably warming. Tasty and with a long finish. Surprisingly pretty nice. Score 3.4
Subsequent rating scored 3.3 Score unaltered
artmcd8 (1582) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tried during CMU Scotch Ale Tasting. Aromas of toffee and dark fruits and alcohol. Sweet taste with a bit of a harsh finish. Medium body and medium high carb.
thirstyrabbit (1099) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 6, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2014 Edit: This is a rating for the 7,4% version. Somehow it was decided that the 6.5% and 7,4% versions are exactly the same beer and ratings got merged. I don’t agree with that. Small bottle. Dark copper body, medium head. Jammy aroma with liquid caramel and a hint of booze around the corner. Sweet jammy/caramelly taste with some berries. No peat/smoke that was present in the 6,5% version. Low hoppiness. Sugary finish. Sticky and cloying without the booze warmth that would offer some balance. Very unbalanced.
Earlier Rating: 9/10/2013 Total Score: 3.2
Bottle. Deep dark red/mahogany body with a small head. Earthy aroma with some berries and smoke. Thick malty mouthfeel. Taste has peat and autumn leaves (not the song). Finish has smoke dryness. Probably nice with certain kind of foods but too chewy to drink it by itself.
superspak (2568) - Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 4/25/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, brown bread, brown sugar, herbal, light smoke, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, biscuit, brown sugar, brown bread, herbal, light smoke, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, herbal, light smoke, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Low-medium carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome scotch ale. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.
FatPhil (9306) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 27, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle (Koht, Tallinn)
Stinky sweet aroma. Anna gets some diacetyl. Nice deep red, small beige head. Now I get the diacetyl. Sweet malts, a little sticky. Pretty dull ale, but the sugars cover the alcohol very well, there’s no sign of 7.4%.
Earlier Rating: 6/28/2007 Total Score: 3.5
Rich brown, few red tints. Thick doughy head, laces well. Malty grain aroma, slight metalic tinge, quite ’savoury’. Smooth fullbodied malty taste, full of strange curiosities which I can’t quite place. Gravelly bitterness. Well balanced, certainly. Covers the 6.5% easily. Let it warm up to room temperature to appreciate its full body. It’ very tasty in big swigs, but probably rather dangerous.
Beergeek23322 (2234) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
5/14/2011. From bottle. Deep amber color with an off-white head. Malty and spicy aromas with caramel, dark fruit. Nice flavors of fruit and spices with a slightly bitter finish.
jaghana (3818) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - APR 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 33cl. A clear dark amber beer with huge head. Nose is on toasted caramel and dark candy sugar. Aroma is sweet with creamy blond caramel and chocolate notes, very nice body, long sweet chocolate and blond caramel finish, light vanilla touch, slightly peated.
Earlier Rating: 8/7/2010 Total Score: 3.1
Bottle 50cl. A clear dark amber beer with high carbonation and good creamy head. Smell is on caramel, sweets and alcohol. Aroma is on caramel malt, some orange astringency, note of smoked or whiskey malt or spice, vinous presence too. Hop character is low, relatively dry, some metallic flavor at the finish.