Lubiere (10698) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A red copper ale with a thin moka head. A sweetish caramel aroma, lightly funky, not bad. In mouth, an off interpretation of the style, with off notes, sweet unfermented wort, cloying. On tap at Great North Carolina Brewers Fest., August 28 2010.
DocLock (8244) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Found this in bottles at Total Wine in Cary. The pour was brownish deep copper with 1-finger tan head. The aroma was of bog corn flakey malt, some toffee, nuts, figs, and a rauchy element. The taste hit me with a solid sweet rauchy malt flavor up front, then yielded to a dark chocolate, faint coffee, some brown sugar, and subdued hops. The alcohol was well hidden, and the palate was medium with decent complexity. Still, this one is rather interesting, and worth a try if you like corn flakey or rauchy beers.
BBB63 (6346) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
8.5 % ABV bottle and served in my Unibroue tulip: Pours a deep coppery brown with a beautiful creamy off-white head that left excellent lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of walnut, toffee, slight bakers chocolate, juniper berry, apple, and pear esters. Additionally there is a solid earthiness and wild flower about the nose.
The taste starts with the expected heavy sweet and smoked malt overtone that is nicely supported by some twangy fruit and meaty notes. The finish has a touch of spice and grassy bitterness. The mouth feel hides the alcohol pretty well and is smooth. I like the fact this isn’t heavy and rich on the palate, much more drinkable.
This is one solid brew indeed and I am surprised by the low scores honestly. I am digging this and should another bottle ever make it’s way to me then I would be happy to put it to rest. THX Ken for the bonus bottle! - Where is your rating?
TheBeerGod (5436) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours out a nice deep brown body with a light tan head. Nose is malty and sweet. Soft peat notes. Light nuttiness as well. Taste is sweet and malty with light fruit notes, soft peat note, caramel, light toffee, and light alcohol. Body is medium and has a moderate carbonation feel. Finishes with more caramel, sweet malts, light peaty flavors, dark fruits and light toffee. Not bad!
emacgee (4241) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a reddish copper color with a thick, frothy, tan head. The aroma is sweet and malty, caramel, bread, and raisins.Taste is...good. The smoked malt is subdued (a good thing), alcohol is slight, sweet malt, smooth. Satisfying. Definitely not awesome, but not deserving of a 3.2.It seems like it should be rated higher.The palate is not impressive but not a complete let down. The finish is a little warm and sweet.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thought I was cracking the lower ABV Scottish, and turned out to enjoy this pleasant brew. Big, malty, and amber, of course, but what I really like is the interplay between peat and caramel here. A bit more body could help but this is quite nice.
nearbeer (3966) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft pint at the Charlotte Airport. Darkish brown with a nice lasting head. Nose is earthy cocoa and caramel. Flavor is the same with a touch of earthy wood and char. Medium body is very drinkable, sweetish and smooth.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with TURDFERGUSON - Pours a slightly hazy light brown color with a one finger thick light tan head. Very light spotty lacing. Aroma is esters and a doughy caramel malt. Flavor is sweet esters (apple) and light malt. Medium body. Not your typical Scottish ale. Still, very drinkable. Thanks Sam.
NachlamSie (2880) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle during my NC brew tour. I really don’t expect much from the Carolina Beer Company, but these higher alcohol offerings have really been well executed. The pour is a lush, deep ruby with a fair tan head. Aroma: slightly rough with some stray hay notes, but has some nicer scents of pineapple, caramel, tobacco. Some blackened pineapple rings, cigars, and earthiness make up the flavor, maybe even a tiny hint of port. Overall, it’s much cleaner in the mouth with great malt character. I enjoyed this pretty well.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I thought this was the lower ABV until I saw High Graviy 8.5% on the neck. From BleacherBum, thanks Ryan! Pours a clear brown with a minimal beige head. Aroma of caramel and toffee, brown sugar, moist tobacco, and earthy peat with a bit of smoke. Flavor has the addition of light wet paper, stronger tobacco and peat. Alcohol s apparent, but not at the forefront. Leans a lot more towards sweet, no bitterness at all. Moderate ly overcarbonated with a medium body. This kicked the hell out of Moylans Kilt Lifter--my last beer.