msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Binny’s of Orland Park. Pours clear dark copper with tan head. Aromas of toffee, peat, and caramel malts. Flavors of smokey peat, toffee, caramel malts, and a bit of chocolate. Decent Scottish Ale.
Beaver (1443) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours a copper brown with a medium light tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing.
The aroma is subdued - peaty caramel malts with a little fruit and perfume.
The flavor is sweet caramel/toffee malts and a touch of fruit with some smoky peat and a dry lightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, a solid Scotch ale - not my favorite style.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pour is nice with a clear, dark garnet color and a medium, beige, pillowy head which is somewhat lasting and does leave tight but sporadic lace. The nose is sweet with lots of caramel, light raisins, faint peat notes, and some English toffee. The flavor is better with some buttery toffee, sweet caramel, again some faint peat, light raisins, and a bit of bready notes. The finish is long and still sweet with the raisin esters, caramelized notes, and an dry/earthy presence emerging. The palate is lively, medium to full, velvety, and slightly drying in the finish. Certainly not my favorite of the style with a limited complexity but still has all the right characteristics for a nice Scotch Ale. Maybe a bit sweet without depth, and maybe could use some more strength to add depth, but overall, a nice attempt from the brewery.
marcus (7453) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours reddish copper with a decent tan head and a strong fruit and treacle aroma. There is a harsh treacle flavor with a dry bitter finish.
bhensonb (12307) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Roseville, CA. Pours very ruddy dark copper with a tan head. Rich malty aroma. Med body/foamy carb. Rich warm malt flavor with a bit of hop. It drinks well. Finishes malty but not sticky.
demitriustown (1127) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle: Aroma is nice malty scent, a little scotch, spicy, mostly muddy and caramel malt characteristics. Appearance is a dark amber/red with a thick tan head that linger for quite a while. Taste is caramel, malt, candied sugar, and nicely sweet but not too sweet. Palate is a medium carbonation, mouthfeel is a little heavy, and aftertaste is lingering malt. Overall, Decent but not the top tier of the Scotches.
tdwilson (21) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich reddish brown, very little head. Aroma is sweet and caramel. Medium Body. Taste is sweet overall with a slight hops finish. Overall pleasant but unsubstantial compared to really good Scotch Ales.
Ratman197 (11092) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of carmel, toffee, fig, earthiness and a hint of smoke. palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, toffee, dark fruit and light earthiness with a smooth malty finish.
Strykzone (5501) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium to dark reddish clear brown with a small tan head that soon becomes a ring. A very earthy flavor. Rich thick malts that somehow taste like peanuts. Some cocoa chocolate, heavy bread. Feel is occasionally syrupy and sometimes fizzy. This one is not quite there but is still nice.
boFNjackson (4189) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Poured a deep red/ruby with a thick, light, beige head. Nose had some big fruit tones, lots of sweetness and esters. Very sweet an malty. Bubblegum, cotton candy, a little bit of bark, citrus and an earthy finish.