Ibrew2or3 (7777) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours ruby red amber supporting up a tan head of foam. The aroma is big and sweet and fruity with rip cherries, blue berries and sticky prunes as well as brown sugar and molasses. I prefer a bit of musty earthiness for this style too. The taste has the same sense of notes noted in the nose like prunes, cherries and dark berries amid some malty to molasses like sweetness. Into the finish it gets lightly peppery to. Decent enough for the style.
MrChopin (3999) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2015
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
[ bottle ][ 1oz ][ @tasting ][ $ ? ][ snifter ][ 11.14.15 ]
translucent caramel-amber, thin cream ring. Sweet plastic sugar nose, faintly green. Front is more green, full bodied effervescent, fizzy gum sugar with light sap and caramel mid, slick oily body through the sweet end.
GenDV138 (4564) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at the DC Gathering. Brownish amber with off-white head. Aromas of malt, caramel. Tastes of malt, caramel. Light body with a dry finish.
kevinator (1730) - The Colony, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bold aroma of caramel malt. Nice bourbon color. Medium palate and weight. Smooth. Flavors of caramel, oak and peat. Low on hops.
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2015
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Lite ruby /cola color. Short lived head. Aroma is light of smoke ,malt and some nuttiness. Flavor is also light as well as the body. ABV well hidden. This is just too light and thin to be a good representative of the style.
GreatDane1632 (1124) - Alabama, 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 (8353) - 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 (10293) - 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 (193) - 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 (2265) - 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 (837) - 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.