ttoadee (635) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, dark amber, slight tan head. Nose is caramel, hint of smoke and dark fruit. Sweet. Middle is roasted malt and cherries. Finish is more sweet malt. Nicely balanced.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear, ruddy light brown with an off-white head. Sweet aroma of bread, brown sugar, vanilla. Taste of caramel and nuts with just a hint of grassy hops.Lots of malty goodness here.
JStax (2962) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pour thanks to jake65. Pours a translucent amber with a velvety head of beige foam. The aroma has notes of toffee and walnuts. Some grainy qualities as well. Taste is mostly sweet with a continuing sweet finish. Medium bodied and light carbonation.
brokensail (10789) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Black Bottle. Mahogany pour with an off-white head. Cherry, spices, and sweet molasses. Caramel, some toast, and bread. Flavor is sweet dark fruit, molasses, and caramel. Toast, light chocolate, and cherry. Maybe a bit of spice.
Beerandhockey8 (228) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From 12oz bottle to snifter. Pour is a deep copper, medium brownish head. Nose is scotch, malt, alcohol. Taste is a medium body, mostly bitter. Finishes nicely with that scotch feel on your tongue, nice touch. One of the best scotch ales out of MT, if not #1.
superspak (2562) - Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/21/2013. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, fig, apple, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, light roast, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, raisin, fig, apple, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, chocolate, light roast, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, dark fruit, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown bread, brown sugar, light roast, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, moderately slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent scotch ale. All around great balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
ajnepple (2117) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Evergreen Discount Liquors. Amber/brown color and clear with a light tan head and light lacing. The aroma is caramel malts with light spice, fruit, chocolate and hops. Similar flavor with a medium sweetness and a touch of bitterness. Medium body with a malty sweet finish.
stevoj (2090) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nutty aroma with hints of peat and oak barrel. Pours light brown with average beige head. Taste is more peat, wood, smoke, kind of dry palate. Not bad.
nealblind (750) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour some light tan head. Aroma of brown sugar, woody and raisins. Lactic acidity some acrid maple syrup flavors. Woody smokey toffee caramel. Does have nice smooth yet also acidic mouthfeel. Not nearly as plying as some scotch ales.
DiarmaidBHK (3386) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Sun Devil Liquors. Pours brown with a thin khaki head. Leaves a lot of lacing in the glass. Big peaty, malty notes on the nose and the tongue. Finishes clean. Nice.