hopscotch (9891) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle… Clear, deep ruby ale with a small, fluffy white head that diminishes slowly to a tight, creamy cap and never dissipates. Malty, vinous aroma – toasted nuts, crusted port and caramel with a whisper of chocolate and a rumor of lactic acidity. Medium to full-bodied with a skim-milk a mouthfeel and lazy to limp carbonation. The flavor doesn’t quite deliver on the promises of the aroma... regarding the positive aspects anyway. What I get is mainly the crusted port sans the alcohol burn, lifeless, minerally bitterness and modest lactic acid. Bland, watery, tangy finish. Bottle courtesy of DA! I’m on the verge of changing my favorite style to imperial stout, imperial Ipa or Ice cider. Screw the username reference to my former love of Scotch ales. There just aren’t enough great Scotch ales out there.
CanIHave4Beers (3488) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a really pretty shade of dark red with a medium head. The aroma is fruity with some apple and a fair bit of malt sweetness. Wow the flavor on this is pretty bold, very fruity right up front then the minerally and malty characters take over after that. I expected this to be sweeter from the aroma but the sweetness is really pretty well controlled here all things considered lending a complimentary note as opposed to the dominant note sweetness lends to many beers of this style. There is a nice earthy hoppiness to this beer as well and overall the flavor is really very nice.
GJF (1297) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a beautiful ruby. Small white head that vanishes quickly. Malty aroma. The flavor is generally sweet, peaty, a bit of maple sweetness. Body is fairly thin for the style, but generally a good version.
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured red brown with thin fast dissipating head. Aroma of caramel, and nuts. Balanced flavour, some caramel, a tiny bit of fruit, and some nut. Nutty finish.
wxman (1509) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark ruby/amber with a full light tan head. Nutty malty aroma. Delicious roasted malt sweetness along with a gentle balanced blend of coffee caramel and a touch of chocolate. Not too hoppy, as the style would dictate. Very good effort!
dyetube (1243) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer pours deep ruby red/brown with a medium off white head. The aromas are plums, raisins, cinnamon. The mouthfeel is sticky and sweet and malfunctioning. This is a typical scotch ale. Cheers!
heemer77 (5148) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown and garnet body with a thin khaki head. The nose has tons of caramel and a little bit of fresh wood. There is also some fresh cooked pancake batter. The taste is rich toffee and old wood. The finish has a little bit of plastic and some smoke. I am not normally a fan of the style, but this one is decent.
badgerben (4540) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby/brown color with a small head. Good malty and caramel aroma with light toffee. Rich malt flavor. Light grain and slightly nutty. A bit earthy.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a deep mahogany color with a one and a half finger thick light tan head. Aroma is light caramel malt and spice. Very light lacing. Flavor is primarily toasted caramel malt which lingers in the finish. Medium body. A decent beer.
RyanMM (412) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep ruby/garnet, thin white head fades quickly to moderate lacing. Nose is malt, oak, chocolate, hints of vanilla, some resinous hops. Really solid bouquet. Slightly funky malt notes up front, bit of sweetness, good scotch ale character, slight bitterness rounding out the finish. Good, but I feel like there’s something a little off, sort of a stale note that’s not overwhelming but noticeable enough to kind of throw the flavor off; maybe a hint of diacetyl? Really good crispness and carbonation, a little oily and creamy at the same time.