Doghair (262) - Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a caramel colored foam. Big malty bourbon aroma. Taste is sweet malt, caramel and burbon. Not very complex but it is fairly young. Good barrel aged beer but not unique.
jackl (4797) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle as extra in a trade. Deep brown with a prominent tan head. Very rich malty nose. Pecans, toffee, plenty of earth-rubbed leather. Slight booze sharpness. Some acidic red apple skin. Very sweet toffee and rich cocoa flavor. Toasty. A bit hot. Somewhat one-dimensional. Full, sort of viscous. OK.
TXBadger (1485) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with off-white head. Lots of bourbon upfront, some caramel, toffee, and malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more bourbon.
Indra (2641) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the brewery, Oct. 2013. Snifter. Purely indulgent aroma, richly sweet with plenty of dark malt, toffee, chocolate, dried fruit (fig, raisin), vanilla, mild oak, earthiness, bourbon, cherry and even some dough in the background. Quite complex to say the least. Opaque dark mahogany in color with a fine, uneven, tan head, very nice lacing as well. Flavor profile matches the aroma closely, with plenty of rich dark malts, dried fruit, vanilla and cherry, the bourbon is there all the while but not overwhelming. Like an indulgent dessert, rich, complex and satisfying. Smooth and full in the mouth with creamy carbonation and a massive body. Excellent stuff, particularly on a cool, misty, October night.
ChrisSc (223) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle in tulip. Minneapolis.
Appearance: Very dark brown in color. Opaque. No head when poured.
Aroma: Coconut, vanilla, coffee, the caramel aroma is very light. Really great smelling beer.
Taste: Dry, slightly bitter in the finish. Very little sweetness.
Palate: Medium body. Average carbonation. medium finish.
This is a really well made beer. The aroma is fantastic, especially for a scotch ale. body was a little weaker than I would have liked.
BMMillsy (1471) - Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle as a trade extra. Pours murky brown amber color with a small off white head that recedes quickly. Beautiful bourbon aroma with plenty of vanilla, oak, toffee, caramel, brown sugar. Flavor is lots of brown sugar, raisins, vanilla and marshmallow finish, bourbon, toffee, oak, a tad of metallic oxidization. Big body, some booziness, medium plus carbonation, smooth long finish. Nice brew and deserved love in the style.
vtafro (3697) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Scotch like liquor aromas, bourbon and barrel tones. Not too brutal scotch, barrel tones have become more mild.
Ferris (4748) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Oaky, bourbon, chocolate, caramel and raisin. Deep maroon with a good beige head. Bourbon, dark sweet malts and raisin. Sweet bourbon and malty, pretty nice.
b3shine (5726) - Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter (shared with Ferris and the Mrs.). Looks good; a translucent dark brown with foamy light beige head. Smells malty with notes of oak, bourbon, and raisin. Tastes like it smells, but less robust. Nice and smooth on the palate though. Enjoyable.
GT2 (8683) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
> Excellent, full bodied rum raisin dessert Scotch Ale
[ Bottle ][ 12oz ][ motorheadtodd ][ Trade ][ Hotel Room Garbage Glass ][ 8.16.14 ]
>> Clear cola brown with a big tan head, ridiculous lacing. Nose is excellent rum raisin, rich and decadent. Taste is clean, mild cocoa powder, bitter chocolate, plums and cinnamon raisin cookie. Dry, not sticky. Nice stuff. Mild spicy alcohol. So why are Wisconsin beers without abv on the bottle?
Sarlacc83 (900) - Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Opaque black with a thin foamy cappuccino head. Lacing.
N: Toffee, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, cola, sweet biscuits, and a touch of smoke. Just a hint. Coffee, coconuts, and almonds.
T: Large, but restrained, sweetness. Some oaken bitterness.
M: Fizzy carbonation, medium body. A touch watery, but not unpleasantly so.
O: It’s nice work by Central Waters. Not as superlative as Alesmith’s BA Wee Heavy (which might be an unfair comparison), but it holds its own. Wish it had a bit more heft, but that’s the major complaint.)