ajmkendrick (23) - Oak Harbor, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a dark amber brew with a medium off white head. The beer itself has a medium body and is more sweet than hoppy. It gives slight hint of molasses and and cocoa, but otherwise it has a rather vague taste. It isn’t quite bland, but it doesn’t quite excite the palate either.
GreatDane1632 (919) - USA - JUN 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dinner beer -- Was surprised this was sub-7% abv. Solid beer, but with this style I prefer a heavier brew. Overall very nice.
slowrunner77 (6925) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Better flavor than expected. Perfect amount of smoke in this one. Nose is nice too. Smoke, malt, toffee, fruit and nut. Body being thin is the only thing holding this back.
crossovert (9089) - Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
355ml bottle. HAzed dark amber/brown pour. Creamy milky white head. The aroma is suprememly malty with a dose of fruitiness and slight herbs. Flavor is sweet with some spices, very savory yeast, some bitternsweetness in the finish, bit of balsamic, but not in a sour way. Decent brew that has very little sweetness and loads of malt presence.
UrbanCaveman (167) - Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint at ~40 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours a clear, if dark, garnet-ruby brown, where the shadows of one’s fingers are visible with no blurring on the other side of the glass. Forms a rather short-lived finger of beige head, which dies to a ring swiftly.
Smell: Toffee-sprinkled dark bread, being eaten near a patch of damp clay that lends just a hint to the aroma. There are also faint suggestions of some old fig and black cherry.
Taste: The flavors open with a mixture of an ashy-clay bitterness, sweet toffee, and dark bread, with the ashes and clay forming a sort of bedrock which underlays the remainder of the palate. Notes of tanned leather and fig waft through the sweetness, along with some hints of old, soft, damp wood. The finish leaves a lingering aftertaste of bitter clay, sweet toffee, and aged black cherry.
Mouthfeel: Light and thin, this is a chuggable beer, not a sticky or creamy one.
Overall: I’m not displeased with having picked up a sixer of this beer, but I don’t know that it’s a repeater for me. Between the thin mouthfeel and the, to me, somewhat heavy-handed approach to the earthy hops, I’ve had much better scotch ales.
bpreo (2014) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice and heavy tasting Scotch Ale. Made for a craggy mountain man or woman to enjoy.
HIGHB4LL (835) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle from Cash Wise in Watford. Appearance: slight white head, amber, slightly cloudy, Aroma: caramel, bits of medical aroma, light floral, earthiness, nutty, chocolate. Palate: medium body, soft carbonation, slightly oily texture, slight bitter finish. Taste: sweet molasses and earthy caramel, Earthiness grows with chocolate and nuttiness coming in as well, on into slight floral hops that cover the palate partially, but the earthiness lingers with nuttiness. Overall, super enjoyable, very smooth, very drinkable, matches the style well, solid beer.
FestDecBeet (412) - - MAY 4, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very malt forward. Nice sweetness. Not a lot of hops at all. Smooth mouth feel. Easy drinker.
First drank: 5/4/15
scooterbub (910) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - MAY 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a nice dark copper color with a one inch tan head that lasts. Taste is of roasted malt, caramel, hops, pine and toffee. Similar aroma. Has mostly full body with a slight fruit finish. Overall, s pretty good beer.
JMCtime (73) - Washington, USA - APR 26, 2015
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
More of a red ale than a scotch ale. Smooth but rather light on flavor or aroma. Just okay.
bartzluke (270) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz pour from room-temperature bottle into tulip glass. Moderate light-tan head, mostly-opaque, dark brown to light black. Nose is malt and sugar. Mouthfeel is moderately creamy. Taste is lots of dry malts, a little nutty, and a little woody. Not as sweet as I expect, but tasty.