incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Just added this beer that i enjoyed at Winterfest 07 AND this is my 200th rating! Very nice scotch ale, and Brau Broís is doing a nice job with there brews. They can do away with the strawberry one though. Anyway, very malty ale as the description says, but also a little hoppiness there, very nice!
Guerde (1113) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2010 (bottle) Pours amber with a medium light tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin cap. Aroma is full of smoke, smoked ham, peat, cherry, and caramel. Tastes are similar, with plenty of smoked ham, peat, salt, toffee, and some light cherry tastes as well. If you like a smokier scotch ale, this beer would be perfect for you, and I actually wouldnít argue if this was put under the Smoked beer category, as the aroma and flavor are very smoke-forward. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is smooth and restrained. This batch tastes infinitely better than when I had it previously.
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from TC Craft. Caramel colored pour with a white head that fades but sticks around in a wispy way. Kind of a grainy aroma, couldnít put my finger on the main aroma until I read the description - peat. It really comes through in a very nice smokey way. Flavor is also smokey/peaty and with caramel and oaky notes as well... a bit sweet. Finish keeps that nice smokey flavor on your tongue. Very well done beer. Not too heavy but still interesting.
BeerMePodcast (96) - Palm Desert, California, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think this beer has been underrated. Wonder peat-smoked malt nose and the smokiness comes out even more in the flavor. But to me, itís never overpowering. Not very much detectable diacetyl and not much like other, more traditional scotch ales, but I am very pleased with this one.
islay (771) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from a six-pack purchased at Blue Max. Unique, powerful, sharp, malty, sour, smoky aroma. Pickle brine, salt water, and smoked ham/bacon smells. The aroma could be offputting to some, and I have mixed feelings about it, but I do like it overall. Pours a clear, medium brown with just a touch of amber hue and a small amount of beige head. Itís an uncommon shade of brown; most translucent ales either are darker, lighter, or have a greater amber presence. The lacing produced is short-lasting. A peat smoke taste is unmistakable in the first sip. It is interesting to this Scotch whisky fan that the beer has an easily identifiable peat taste despite the fact that the aroma, as complex as it is, lacks a traditional peat reek. The smoke taste does not rise to rauchbier levels, but it is by no means subtle. Very malty with just a hint of hops, but the smoke flavor oddly acts as something of a substitute for the hops, leading to a unique sort of balance in the flavors. As one would expect, while the peat smoke dominates the early sips, a more traditional Scotch ale taste emerges as one continues to drink. Surprisingly light, roasted malt aftertaste. Light to medium body. Smooth, even oily and creamy in the palate, yet still crisp and lively. Thatís an impressive feat. Refreshing. I am rating the third of four twelve oz. bottles that I retained from the six pack (I gave away the other two to fellow ratebeerians). I have liked this beer more each time that I have had it, and it is also one of those beers that seems to improve upon each additional sip. I always respect a beer that holds up well to multiple tastings. I have never been a big Scotch ale fan, but I do like this one; it is definitely something different. This is my first Brau Brothers brew, and I find it to be a promising one.
Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Received 12-oz sample bottle to try from distributor. Another cool ACL printed bottle. Pours a slightly hazy brown amber brew with a good lasting off white head. Aroma has a hint of scotch whiskey/peat smoke, some caramel, and medium roasted malt. Taste has peat, come caramel and more malt taste. Palate is creamy, lightly carbonated, and medium body. Finish is smooth and a little sweet.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to skyview for these pours. Excellent caramel nose on this hazy brown color. Smoke peat and caramel on the body. Excuse me, but Iím off to grab an Islay scotch to follow this one up.
nuplastikk (3824) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2010 12oz bottle. Cloudy, muddy reddish-brown. Thin, steady head. Sweet malty aroma. Rather straightforward and malty, true to style in that regard. There is some thick dark specialty malt sweetness, but the mild bittering hops manage to even it out quite well. Medium to full bodied, this is quite refreshing. Not unlike a peat smoked brown ale. Mellow, well executed beer.
iradog (32) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This pours a clear amber with off white head. It had a sweet flavor with a good amount of smoke and some additional roasted malts. I tend to really like this style and this succeed in my expectations.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Parting gift from RBSG 2007 - Clear dark brown, thin white fizzy head. Scotchy nose of buttery smoke, raisin, fig, and hints of vanilla. Soft peat smoke flavor encompasses notes of cherry tobacco, raisin, and sweet vanilla caramel. Light bodied, soft carbonation, malty smoked finish. A bit thin, but certainly still nice...