JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber color with a thin white head. Densely malty, bready, spicy aromas. More spicy than sweet, but certainly malt-forward. Sweet caramel malt on the taste, smooth, almost oaky finish. A decent heavy malt brew, nice and ribust.
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber color with a very light toffee and citrus aroma. Some citrus taste, including oranges and grapefruit. Some alcohol kind of lingeres. A decent Scotish Ale, but too strong if you understand.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap. Pours a deep brown with a slight and quickly-dissipating head. Aroma is all malt sweetness and pretty enticing. Taste is basically all malt sweetness with a slight hop characteristic at the end. On the whole, it was a very average brew.
keepersj12 (2846) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2007
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Real disappointing because I love everything from this brewery. Not much aroma, flavor is malty with some sweetness. lots of better stuff.
mabel (7048) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
[751-20071011] 12floz (w/ jerc). Malt aroma has a bit of fruit flesh. Hazy, brown amber body with a medium-lasting foamy light tan head. Toasted malt toffee flavour has roasted yeast alcohol background. Medium body, nice slick feel. Nice toasty beverage.
cheap (4444) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2007
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 Had this on tap at the Mad Mex and I drink a botlle of it right now. On tap the aroma is refreshingly clean with a touch of sweetness on the olfactory. In the bottle, itís first a bit musty before it clears. The bottle probably has some chocolate olfactory in it as well. A little more darker than the typical pale ale, has some brown hints in there but it is certainly a clear beer with no haze. Small foamy head. Barely any carbonation on tap or in the bottle. On tap I swear I had some background hints of wintergreen, mint or something but this seems to be absent in the bottle. Finish is slightly bitter but it doesnít last too long. Ok for something different but not sure if I would or could drink a few bottle of this in a row. Not nearly as enjoyable as Sprague Farm Fighting Scotchtoberfest. On par or a little better than Old Chub, Dirty Bastard, Ol Red, McEwans and Saranac. Because of the minty-ness I detected in the tap version, Iím surprized its not listed as some kind ah veggie/spice/herb brew.
llbjr77 (89) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2007
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is nice when first opened; a little disappointed in taste after first scent; malty taste, no real aftertaste; not bad, but like many other seasonal brews better.
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2008 Smells fairly strongly of alcohol. Not fantastic complexity, but for a winter beer this one could definitely be a session favorite. Lighter and the alcohol isnít a present on the palate as on the nose. Not the greatest from Brooklyn, but still very respectable.
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 24, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
This beer was a massive let down, as I usually love the stuff that this brewery produces. Looks great, with a clear mahagony colour and a creamy, thick off-white head. The nose is pretty weak for a scotch ale, with toasted caramel malt, peat, cherry, vanilla and paper, all coming across faintly. The flavour has the harshest crystal malt profile Iíve ever encountered, making it nearly impossible to drink. While there are flavours of caramel, earthy malt, star anise and some dark fruits, they are all dominated by brash, rooty, paper-like crystal malt. The mouthfeel is thin a abrassive, with a oily and highly over-carbonated body. This came very close to becoming a drain pour. This is the last thing I would want to grab for a winter warmer, and the alcohol is poorly hidden, too. Brooklyn, stop making this garbage; itís soiling your name!
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fresh and refreshing. Nice medium malty body. Could do with a bit less sweetness. Almost a licorace taste.