rondphoto (2649) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle @ Johnís Grocery / Iowa City IA --- Opaque dark brown color, 2" tan head that slowly drops, bubbly curtain of lace. Taste is rich roasted caramel malt that stays true to itself, the flavor intensifying as it moves through the palate to a lightly bittered finish with the malt lingering for a long time. Really big and fantastic for 5.2%, a terrificly executed brew.
jefcon (1461) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish, rusty scotch ale with lots of malt, sharp yeast and hops. Some bitterness in fine tuned balance with the roasted chocolate malt.
AWISLguy (1622) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Sonoma Cellars, picking up at 6 for my other brother. Pours a root beer color with a bit of a brown head. No lacing. Aroma has sweet caramelly malts, brown sugar, some peat and some cherry. Taste is of sweet caramel, some light sweet berries - mostly cherry - and peat. Medium bodied. Finishes sweetly and somewhat sticky. Reasonable for style; not terrific overall.
CanIHave4Beers (3533) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark reddish brown, not too far from black color with a small but well retained head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma is malty, itís got a nice toasty character, some red apple & some nice caramel. Itís got a touch of booziness to the nose, but never really comes across as a terribly sweet smelling.
The flavor is big on the malt & booze in a similar way to how the aroma is. Itís got a tastiness, some rich caramel, & some lightly tart fruit most particularly red apple. It pulls off the malt forward thing while staying far away from cloying sweetness, which is a charming touch. For a beer of 5.2% alcohol this one really comes across considerably boozier than it is, which is a real pity as it sort of throws off the balance of an otherwise very pleasant beer.
bbrock81 (311) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - MAR 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pretty good. Aroma is fairly sweet, very malty, earthy, cereally, and caramel/toffee. Flavor is similar, very malty sweet, caramel again, but a bit of dryness does show up here. Finish is fairly short and again, sweet. Palate is very nice, a very light and fine carbonation that fits with the style. Overall a good beer for the style, even if that style is a bit sweet for my tastes.
BeerInHeaven (227) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours dark brown with a medium tan head. heavy lacing. strong thick aroma of malt and spice. Taste is rich with creamy mouth feel. Some definite coffee tones. Long slightly sweet warming finish. A pretty damn good beer.
beastiefan2k (2742) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle poured into an thin Allagash tulip. No date on bottle. Label different than the current picture on this site. Has a small but strong long lasting head, never fully fades. Body is dark brown, cannot see through it. Aroma is strong: earthy yeast notes surrounded by dry and bitter brown malts. Smells as a Scottish should: strong but earthy with just a wee bit of toffee/butterscotch. Flavor blows my mind: the right kind of caramel with a present bitter malt character. Not sugary but sweet caramel that is powerful and absolutely counteracted by a dry, well attenuated flavor and malt bitterness. The bitterness sticks around as the drying aftertaste of earth, bark, and soil mix with a nicely lean body. I can taste the beer for minutes on in after a sip. Just amazingly well made and one of the best Scottish-style ales I have ever had. Filtered beer as I see nothing at the bottom of the bottle. Would love to try a cask version or at least an unfiltered version. Kudos Central Waters, kudos. I will need to pick up a sixer one day soon.
fidelis83 (2125) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with a 1 finger caramel tan head. Aroma is full of toffee and toast, a little butterscotch, toasty, sweet woody notes, light cooked tree fruit and light fruity, floral and spicy hops. Flavor is toast, dark caramel, fallen leafy green wood tannins, toasty wood, toffee and malt sweetness, light nutty notes and a little tartness to the finish. Medium body, syrupy, slightly creamy entry, chewy middle, medium, slightly sharp carbonation and off dry, syrupy and lightly metallic finish. Pretty tasty, a little buttery and sour toward the end of the glass, but I found that an interesting development.
Maverick34 (2493) - New York, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled from decicco dark pour and Scotch malts. Slight hints of vinegar. Pretty decent.
edgallow (2582) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle pours deep amber with a tan head. Aroma of toffee, malts, chocolate and caramel. Taste is sweet malts and toffee.