smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - A clear medium brown body with a tightly bubbled and lasting head atop. A deep malt aroma. A bit of chocolate and roast. Caramel, lightly toasted grain and a hint of smokiness ... but I think this is a good thing. The finish is also that of deep, rich malt. I’m not a huge fan of Scottish ales, but this one is nice.
Mark_Eck (752) - - NOV 23, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark amber color. Aroma and taste are caramel, cinnamon, and malty.
weordie (87) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown with a short lived medium head. Aroma is slightly malty but not very strong. Taste is very malty, some spices, tiny bit of a bitter aftertaste. Very inoffensive but nothing special.
Mep3222 (539) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty backbone with some spices. Maybe cinnamon and nutmeg? Slight roasted maltiness. Has a bit of a cheap light finish to it. Not a bad beer and drinkable, but nothing special.
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Darkmagus82 (1783) - - AUG 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 1-3-13-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – Served an orange amber colored brew with a tiny off white head. The head fades almost instantaneously to leave only the tiniest amount of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is sweet and roasted. The sweet is a nice mix of dark fruit and some caramel smells. There is a light spice and nutty aroma as well which mixes with the rest to round out the smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet fruit flavor of some plum as well as a light bready and caramel sweetness. As the flavors advance light spice and nutty flavors come to the tongue. Toward the end cherry flavors enter and seem to get even stronger as time advances. These favors combined with some slight spice flavors as well as an orange peel and earthy hop taste. Together these mixes of flavors take the taste to its end where a pleasant malty and fruity flavor is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the just above average in its creaminess for 6.1 % abv with a carbonation level that is rather average. The slightly thicker body gives all the malt a nutty flavors time to linger on the tongue, while the medium carbonation makes it more drinkable and is nice for the fruitier flavors of the brew. Pretty well done.
Overall – A quite sweet and malty winter ale. Nice and easy drinking with lots of flavor.
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUN 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The body has good clarity and a deep reddish amber color. On top is a light off white which rises up about two fingers tall before slowly fading down to a thin cap. This thin covering hangs on well and leaves some slick lacing on the glass. It has a fairly light nose with nice notes of bready, doughy and lightly toasted malt. Hop aroma also adds a light spicy note as well. The flavor has a good sweet bready and ginger bread cookie like maltiness with light caramel notes. Hop flavor is modest and adds light leafy spicy bitterness to just give some balance to the finish. The palate has a solid medium feel with soft yet active carbonation.
DrnkMcDermott (2821) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"BB March 2014," so I’ve caught this at a reasonable time. Bustling fizzy head that shrinks away, leaving a brown malt body that looks like a Newcastle. Toasty malt smell, too. The taste strides the line between a Newkie and a full on Scotch ale, but more dependent on malts and without the occasional smoked peat, or the phenol that sometimes comes with it. A sturdy, full-on cool weather beer, as far as I can tell in my current hot, humid condition.
Grzesiek79 (3291) - Radom, POLAND - MAY 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dosc srednie piwo ze sredniej wielkosci piana do tego niezbyt trwala. W smaku orzechowe troche migdalowy aromat. Slodowe lekkie nieco karmelowe. Finisz lekko goryczkowy, subtelny. Kolor piwa to ladna ciemna czerwien z tanczacymi babelkami
CPH2200 (295) - DENMARK - APR 18, 2014
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cl bottle 6.1% abv. Dark amber colour with thick head. Carbonated taste with notes of bitter chokolate and caramel. Very dry mouthfeel.
Japalo (1242) - DENMARK - APR 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle@home. Clear mahogany brown. One finger. Cinnamon. Faint Caramalty notes. More intense in the taste. Dry dusty nutty. Sweet finish.
Renobob (784) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 9, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bue en bouteille de 355 ml. Au nez, graines grillées et céréales. Au palais, on sent les malts avec une pointe caramel. Bien équilibrée.