Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a crystal clear, dark reddish amber color. A small, fizzy, cream colored head settles quickly to a wispy film, leaving behind minimal traces of spotty lacing. The aroma is sweet and floral, with a disappointing corny component. There are some dry, woodsy notes, with indiscernible dark fruits and a good deal of spicy floral hops. The flavor matches the nose point for point, and is unfortunately void of any rich chocolate or caramel malts. The medium body and lively mouthfeel are a bit too sharp and astringent. Finishes long and somewhat sour. This isn’t what comes to mind when I think of a Scotch Ale. Decent at best.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled before a scotch ale tasting. Pours with just wisps of a head. Aroma is pretty damn buttery along with a boozy, woody thing. Flavor is chocolate and caramel, toffee with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Some liquor soaked orange also.
presario (4800) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
6-pack for Super Bowl. Or a 5-pack now. Full head on dark orange or red-copper depending on lighting. Too much of a cold to detect much more than a light malt scent. (may update the aroma Sunday) Flavour is a bit of alcohol soaked in earthy notes. Makes me think of moss and leaves. A hint of warm ginger in the finish.
efrumtheidiot (190) - Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a ruby copper with a tannish off-white head. aroma is toasty nuts, a little cocoa, some woodiness and honey. taste is toast, honey, some wood, maltiness and a dab of chocolate. not bad. not too complex, but has a nice overall taste. would fit nicely into a session. mouthfeel is a little chewy, mid-full bodied. not sticky-sweet, but it is a little sweet. finish leaves some sugary cereal taste on the tongue. would try again, though i’m not sure why they call it a winter ale, it seems like more of an autumn brew to me.
Bungalo22 (326) - Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - JAN 30, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a bottle into a pint glass with a small head. Pours an amber color. Smells of alcohol and almost a slight bit of honey to my broken nose. I felt it was a light taste for a winter but the aftertaste stuck around nicely.
mrant (330) - New York, USA - JAN 29, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells of dark roasted malts and bready sweet yeast. Pours a clear brown color with a pillowy off-white head. Taste is rich roasted malts, notes of chocolate and caramel with bready yeast flavors. a very nice winter ale
rustbucket0873 (287) - Krikville, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark amber color with a very light toffee and citrus aroma. Some citrus taste, including oranges and grapefruit. a little to much spices i think.
Suttree (5379) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown, nice thick off-white head. Big malty, heavy sweet aroma, very earthy, molasses and chocolate and caramel. Nice smellin’ beer here. Flavor is rich and smoooth, with a lot heavy, sweet flavors mixed with some coffee and earthy, herbal notes. Nicely satisfying beer.
dsm (109) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a small head. Lots of malt, some spices, a little bitterness, average brew. I won’t go out of my way for this one.
biznizness (1121) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I do love me some scotch ale. Not the greatest but... another strong offering from the Brooks Bros none the less. Recommended.