suprchunk (2744) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours a deep mahogany, and ruby caramel. Decent sized white head on top. The head fades fast and leaves a decently sticky foam on the sides of the glass. Big malt aroma mixed in with hints of caramel. Raisins and malt. And in case I didnít mention it already, itís malty. Sort of expected when it is a Scotch ale. There is also a slight metallic aroma that doesnít seem to go with anything. For any beer.
Holy Grape-Nuts Batman! This thing is malty. And a bit grainy. But in a good way. This thing is seriously the maltiest beer I have had. There is a bit of carbonic-ness to it as well. But it seems to be highly carbonated, so itís not too much of a stretch. I, thankfully, donít get any of the metallic aroma from earlier in the taste. A bit of caramel as well. Decent body with a little bit of a malt sweetness. Itís not so sweet that you get tired of drinking it, but itís not too dry either. A very good balance. I get a bit of a bitterness on the back end, probably from the carbon.
benjaminbier (45) - Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a really lovely crystal clear garnet, you can see right through this thing even though itís so red. very clean, neutral aroma, smells lightly of barley. light-side of medium body, smooth on the palate, not too bitter. flavors are biscuity and sweet but itís not cloying. Fairly neutral yeast character, there is a little something going on in the fruit department. Itís mild, almost like melon or kiwi. Big garnet kiwi. Further tasting is making me think this fruit is actually hop flavor, not yeast. Finishes with a lingering sweetness. Mr. Science says further analysis is required.
RB1 (118) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 20, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz. bottle purchased at Sunflower Market, Tempe, AZ. Pours a Mahogany-red, with thick creamy head, which dissipates to a ring. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruits, banana and caramel. Taste is SWEET and malty, dark fruit, with some bitterness. Finish is sweet, malty and fading to a final bitter after taste.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 16, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (marked 07/06/11). Pours with a hazed deep brown/amber/garnet hued body with a medium sized tan to brown head that slowly fades to a ring. Aromas of cereal, light smoke, peat, iodine, caramel, toffee, kettle caramelization, esters (banana, dark fruit), lightly papery. Flavors are a bit vegital, estery (banana), tobacco, smoke, cereal grain. Some diacetyl, papery. No hops. Off-tasting. Plastic. Light carbonation. Dry finish. Rotten fruit, a bit rancid.
sthlm (1262) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Pours deep reddish-brown with a decent beige head. Aroma is quite sweet, with banana (differs a little from the banana aroma in hefes), sweet tarts, and a little vanilla. Interesting. The taste is fruity up front, with plum and blackberry, then alcohol, earthiness, and subtle nuttiness throughout. Raisin really shows up at the end after it has warmed a bit. Nice. Good mouthfeel, fairly smooth, finish length is above average. Overall, an enjoyable, solid offering from Big Sky.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Pours a dark clear copper color with a nice tan head. The nose is chewy and sweet with some dark malts and big fruity notes. The flavor comes across too sweet due to the lager qualities and the big body with the medium malts. Nice earthy hops and a clean malty finish, but still a bit too sweet.
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown, clear, color. Modest head. Aroma and taste is a sweet caramel, with some spice which is appropriate for the style. Thin body with some maltyness on the finish, not much bitterness on the finish.
travita (4578) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber in color, cream colored head, clearish. The smell is sweet, caramel, malts, toffee candy. The taste is a little sweet, malts, caramel, ok.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured an amber color with a smaller tan head that retained throughout the beer. Aroma was biscuits, caramel, bread and malts. Flavor was toast, caramel, and yeast. Malty finish. Too thin and smooth for a scotch ale.
after4ever (6940) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12-oz. Pours a crystal clear but very dark garnet-y amber. Dense creamy head with decent drippy lace. Pleasant brown bread nose, tiny hints of brown sugar showing. Some floral hop character. Creamy medium body with fairly restrained carb. Brown bread, caramel, brown sugar, and floral qualities on the mid-palate, with a mild bready finish. Very nicely done, but the complexity is really lacking, even in the malt bill. Though the malt profile is nicely forward, itís fairly narrowly confined, and could use a lot more different aspects to it before this beer can be called a classic. Given how well executed this beer is, thatís worth noting. As it stands, this is more of a sweeter brown than a scotch worthy of the name Heavy Horse. Such a great name--calls to mind the great war council quote from Braveheart when they know Longshanks is readying for war: "Heavy cavalry, armored horse; shake the very ground!" This beerís not quite ready to shake the very ground. But Scotland still sent the English home when they came calling at Bannockburn.