Tortman18 (188) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Very small, effervescent mocha head. A ton of sediment. Nose smells almost identical to a quad. Bourbon is present, but it’s very subtle. A lot of dark fruits. Raisin, fig, licorice, caramel, cloves. Very malty. Mouth is awesome. The bourbon definitely shines through on the tongue. A decent amount of bitterness. I get a lot of espresso. Very dark as well. Some cherry and raisin play a role here. Despite the bourbon, there’s is almost no burn. It’s very smooth.
JaBier (5066) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle given to me by a friend. Dark brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of malt, bourbon, caramel and chocolate. Malty and caramelly flavor with some booze and chocolate before a sweet finish.
boFNjackson (4183) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 25, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Poured feel dark brown with a mild forming, khaki head. Aroma of bourbon barrel, oak, and carrot cake. A bit of heat and booze, but overall smoothed out and well rounded towards the end. Oak, vanilla, caramel, malt sweetness, dark toasted sugars and fruits. Oak, and wood, toasted notes towards the finish.
GTAEgeek (1317) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Ale Alpharetta, from Drew. Dark, reddish brown, with a small, creamy, tan head. Big aroma of toasted bread, syrup, anise, and chalk. Very sweet and syrupy, with a little bitterness. Heavy body, creamy, smooth, and clean. Very malty and delicious.
Cybercat (3571) - Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opaque chocolate brown with a nice fine-bubbled tan head; ruby-tinged ligt sneaks through at the bottom of the glass. Bourbon-infused oak dominates the aroma, but let’s through sweet malt and caramel notes. Flavor is rather sweet, malty, caramel and bourbon and oaky undertones. Viscous texture is fairly lively. Worthy!
Drake (9251) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle shared by jackl, 11/19/14. Pours a hazy dark brown with a thin fizzy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of toffee, whiskey, wood, caramel, harsh booze. The taste is toffee, vanilla, whiskey, caramel, booze. Medium bodied, hot, low carbonation, bourbon seems cheap.
alobar (2918) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown pour with aroma of vanilla, toffee, dark fruit, and bourbon. Malty flavor with vanilla, dark fruit, caramel, and bourbon. Well balanced. Great beer!
jackl (5056) - 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 (1621) - 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 (2670) - 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 (290) - 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.