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 wonít go out of my way for this one.
biznizness (1123) - 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.
eczematic (1321) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2008 nice dense head, piano colour. like scotch silly actually. similarly like a belgian scotch ale, very dry. although lacking in any sort of spice or smoke or toast in the finish - you just get woody, caramelly malt then a dry watery nothing finish. slightly sour i guess. faint malt aroma , not huge. not oxidised but oxidation might help it! bit of banana chess set flavour. too much treble and not enough bottom end. 2ND HALF OF GLASS: well i am very stupid sometimes, after 6 1/2 years on this site i still think i can rate a scotch ale out of the fridge. MUCH better with a few more degrees C - warm and malty and longer on the palate and with some interesting smokey/menthol notes in the finish. actually not a bad beer at all - certainly not too crystal malty or underattenuated.
artistsatwork (25) - USA - JAN 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This tasty beer seems under appreciated by most.
Not for the hopheads but should be savored by malt mavens.
Purchased case but no more from Total Wine in DE.
TomDecapolis (4605) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep amber with a smaller bubbly creamy off white head. Aroma of caramel, molasses, very malty, a little buttery. Flavor of English malt, some light hop bitterness, nuts and some toffee.
patty26 (95) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I have no experience with Scotch ales so I donít have any true basis of comparison. However, I was very pleased with this beer. Pours a deep copper color with a creamy white foam head. The aroma is malty with some pine and fruit notes. The flavor is of light malt, caramel, lemongrass and a hint of alcohol burn at the end. Feels smooth on the mouth and smooth going down. Very affordable beer at $7.99 for a 6 pack. I would definitely have this one again.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: Basic but competent scotch ale. Well caramelized with some fruity notes. Decent.
How: 12oz bottle from dmac621. Thanks Dave.
The look: Partly cloudy amber body with a little beige ring of foam.
In long: Toasted bread with a generous sticky caramel coating. Light fruity notes, some residual sugar and a little wood gum flavour ending with resinous hops. There was no alcohol presence at all but still I was surprised to see this is only a 6% beer. The body appeared heavier than it really is. And unlike the last time I made such a comment I didnít end-up with a slap in the face.
thehinge (282) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 14, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Heavy vanilla aroma. Reddish-brown pour with a small head. No lacing to speak of. Roasted flavors really begin to appear after the first few sips. A good seasonal beer, but itís a little heavy on the spices for my tastes. It does have a heavy alcohol kick, though.
daniellerose7 (119) - new york, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Some yum-yum spices, but overall, pretty average Iíd say. Definitely needs more Christmas.
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle 11/22/07: Coppery amber w/ a lasting off white, but thin head and alcohol legs. Chocolate and chocolate malt aromas. Strong green apple aroma, some alcohol which may mask some of the subtleties of this one. Toastky malt, a hint of roast, and oddly enough, some vanilla. Malty, lightly spicy, well balanced, chocolatey and roasty. Light caramel malt finish is semi sweet, and well balanced overall. Aftertaste is roasty w/ a bit of chocolate, but has a light tartness up front. Lighter medium body, lighter medium CO2, a tad biting from carbonation, though not highly carbonated. Itís okay, but this one just doesnít do it for me. Nothing majorly wrong with it.... Maybe it was just me.