BelgianBeerGal (2874) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chicago bottle from Binnyís downtown. Dark brown pour with ruby highlights and a thin brown head. Huge aroma that I can smell from the nightstand: rich, sweet malts with a little molasses. Creamy mouthfeel. Pretty classic Scottish ale with sweet, caramelly goodness and hints of smoke. Very nice.
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle and served in my La Chouffe tulip: Pours a rich brown hue with ruby highlights topped by a nice creamy off-white head that left excellent lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of caramel, chocolate, roast, bready malts along with some dark fruit, earthy tobacco and minerals with just a hint of smoke. The taste is malt forward as expected with some twangy fruit and herbal hops. There is a nice brash earthiness upon the slightly smoky finish. Surprisingly noticeable alcohol for something that is only 5.3 % ABV. The mouth feel is oily and ashy but must say not as lush or sticky as I would like, I think the aggressive carbonation is the blame. Overall I think this is a fine beer and something I would try again.
badgerben (4333) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color with a medium head. Biscuit and light chocolate aroma. Strong biscuit flavor. Light alcohol. Tastes a bit like very dry crackers.
TheAlum (4989) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from the Binnys Singles Rack (Naperville, IL). Pours a rich deep brownish ruby hue, healthy haze, deeper dark brown body shows some flashes of red in edges and bottom, dark and inviting with a cakey brownish head atop, stays as a firm layer and laces ok. Aromas are sticky sweet caramel, touches of red stone fruit, cherries and toffee, toast and biscuits. A gentle peaty essence gives some life as more toast, biscuits, and sweet sticky malts come on board. A bit creamy, gentle kiss of earth and faint dusting of cocoa. Initial is heavier end of medium bodied offering a firm toast and dryness up front, biscuits and carmelized malts meet touches of dry earthy hops, a gentle kiss of heat. Brown malts, earthy and toasty, tobacco, cocoa, and more firm toasty malts into the middle. A touch of sweet sticky girthy quality rears itís head, some caramel, toffee, and dark fruit. A lot more credit is due here.. Not just the sticky sweet typical one, offering some peaty dryness, carmelization yet still a firm body, deeper darker malts, sticky yet not cloying or too heavy. A touch of heat, signature brown malt feel. Solid beer. Almost a brown porter for my money though..
Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle from Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, MN. Pours a dark orangish brown copper ale with a thick beige head that slowly dissipates to a clean disk with some minor spotty lacing. Aroma of heavy caramel malt, a hint of toffee-like fudge, and a little white pepper. Taste is quite smooth, medium to full bodied, flavors of some lightly smoked dark malts, chocolate, caramel and light vanilla. Finish is still smooth with an aftertaste of dark caramel, with a touch of white pepper and mild bitterness. A touch more body and spicy bitterness compared to the retired CW Loch Ness Scotch Ale.
Tripplebrew (764) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear espresso brown with frothy tan tinged head that dissipates. Aroma is nutty raisin, earthy woods and faint peat. Flavor is mild raisin, peat, vanilla and mild smokiness. Body is light with medium carbonation.
Nuffield (3547) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An average beer in a good style--that is, this isnít a great Scottish ale but it possesses most of the qualities of what is a rich style, so itís a decent beer. Dark brown, decent deep beige head. Moderate carbonation and body. Rich malts, caramel, and a notable hop presence. Good. Bottle.
demmbonz (412) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful deep brown with caramel head. Palate is excellent. Very malty but very sweet. Reminds me of a porter.
mchaoulideer (8) - - MAR 14, 2012 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Full body and malt flavor, nice finish though could have a smoother after-palate. A beer fitting with most meats and most women :)
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Brigadier (2625) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle
Thanks to madvike for providing me with another Wisconsin fix. One of the primary reasons was to sample this new (to the bottle) release from Central Waters. They tend to have a track record of success. This is no exception and while it might not be the best it is very close.
Aroma / Appearance - The minimal head sits like the last pieces of ice melting on a frozen lake. Creamy long legs crawl down the sides. Reddish purple in color the deepness indicates that this is not going to lay down and be yet another scottish ale. Chocolate pudding, plums, flat cola, and malt drive the attention towards the sweet fruity aspects of this beer.
Flavor / Palate - Warm and boozy from the start this has a memorable impression from the first sip. Chocolate dipped cherry twizzlers chased by a piece of slightly burnt toast warms the back of the throat. Creamy and full this is sweet and smoky at the same time. Once again Central Waters has done a great job of crafting a solid release.