malrubius (1638) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 12 ounce bottle in pint glass. Garnet red with with dense head. Faint aroma of malt and sugar. Very malty flavor with brown sugar and fruitiness. Very mild English hop undertones. Medium-full body and medium-low carbo. Harkens back to the days before hop was king. Some peat smokiness would improve complexity.
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown clean, caramel pour. Caramel notes on nose and taste. Some malts, and sugar. a little nutty, and a big nutmeg with some acidic features. Not really "winter’ for me, but whatever.
SSSteve (3719) - - NOV 29, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a clear burgundy/brown with a large yellowish head. aroma is that of a good brown ale with lots of toasty malts, and nuts. not smoky, but the flavor is very nice and malty with similarities to the aroma and hints of buttery toffee.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an amber red with a thin dense greyish white to light tan head. Cloyingly sweet with a bit of butterscotch and toast. a strong does of nutmeg laced spice. Small hint of chocolate. Confusing nose, perhaps a bit off. A bit thick, a bit creamy, with low carbonation. Rather sweet. Some toasty caramel. Liberal spice load for a scotch ale, ahem. Sort of reminds me of Anchor OSA. Ginger. I’m not a huge fan of that. Diacetyl. Detectable alcohol. Lingering acidic finish. A bit tannic too maybe.
NJBeerman013 (1043) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewery. A deep amber in color, this beer has a rich, bready, full aroma. The flavors are on the malty side as any good scotch ale should be. It has a nice fruity character that really makes this beer shine. It has a full heavy mouthfeel and a warm, sweet finish.
jhliesen (704) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle-The brew was a deep copper color with a small, almost medium head that would make reappearance after reappearance, the brew also had a good amount of carbonation. The aroma was almost non existant with a touch of malt. The flavor was mostly malty with some undertones of cinnamon. The finish is sweet but it drops off a cliff, there really isn’t any finish to speak of, kinds of ruins the good taste. Asheville Market, 1.70
yayforbeer (752) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Six pack from Total Wine, $8.69 Sweet caramel malt aroma. Flavor is decent and not too far from style for a Scotch Ale. A little more hoppy and less sweet than most. Earthy hops and peat. Dry on the finish. Not Brooklyn’s best offering, but also not in the bottom of the heap. A decent winter ale, though not really a ‘warmer’ at 6% abv.
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - NOV 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn. Deep clear red with fluffy head. Nose has sweet gummybear hoppiness, syrup and malts. Flavor has incredibly juicy and mouthwatering hops with full maltiness and some sugary sweetness. More sweet than bitter. Nicely warming alcohol, altho not too up front. Good and tasty! I’d have this again.. and again.
roder60 (1282) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear amber brown color with slight offwhite head. Aroma is malty and earthy hops. Flavor a bit watery, brown sugar, cloves and other spices, roasted malt. Overall, just so so.
Perm (151) - Tryon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Everything Brooklyn puts forth is well worth having; this is not their best offering but still worthy of a go.
Appearance: reddish bronze, hazy, with a thin head.
Nose: Raisins, brown sugar, faint alcohol notes, a warm comforting aroma.
Taste: brown sugar, honey, roasted nuts, salt, malt, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves.
Palate: Warming, fizzy, and smooth
Overall: *Very* good, but could be better on the finish -- it just seems to drop off without saying goodbye, although it dos pleasantly warm the throat. At 6%, it is slightly reminiscent of a weak barleywine with a Scots twist. Great with food -- caramel popcorn with nuts, and with pecan pie. I imagine it would be stellar with hearty winter foods -- savory stews, rich roast with gravy, a baked ham, or anything that has caramelized onions.