cgarvieuk (21612) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2012 bottle at The Danish Invasion tasting ... Deep black ... thin thin tan head ... dark sweet malts ... dark fruit nose ... juicy malts ... sweet blackberry toffee malts ...3.6
finishing the bottle of later ... deep dark black brown ... thin tan lacing ... dark berry blackcurrant fig nose ... little too fizzy ... deep sweet toffee malts ... figs raisins ... hint of chocolate ... 34.0
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to cgarvieuk. Deep, deep reddish brown, thin off-white head. Interesting nose, some Belgian influence, red fruits, raisin, some coffee notes, soft smoke, juniper? blackcurrant? Very complex. Sweet honeyed malts, again red fruits, sweet smokiness, very perfumed, earthy hops and soft smoke on the finish. Fascinating, well-balanced considering all the disparate elements, but a bit overfizzy.
TheAlum (6944) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle Matt. Thanks, man! A beer I didn’t even know existed. Pours a rich dark brownish pour, dark with some ruby brown edges. A frothy tannish light brown head sits atop, laces well and sticks around as a firm layer. Aromas are touches of fruit, cherries and some toffee. Touches of gentle peat, caramel, and toffee. Toast, toffee, and crisp sweetness. Gentle dry hops. Initial is chocolatey up front, dry with toastiness, some caramel. Much less sweet than the nose let on. Dry and toasty finish, hoppy dryness and toast. Biscuits, bread, toast. Touches of cherries, red fruit, and mellow sweetness creep in, quickly drying out and getting toastu, gentle roast, peat. Some mellow dryness, toffee sweetness, lingering cocoa. Brown malts offer a great difference and good flavor. Wow, quite an interesting exeprience that offers a lot more flavor, balance, and palate experience in the actual beer. Nose was a bit sweet. Looks great. Solid beer.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Thanks Matt. Pours dark reddish brown with foamy beige head. Aroma has Brett, fig, and vanilla. Flavors tart fig, chocolate, toffee. Thin body. Odd beer, seems infected.
jredmond (7460) - New York, New York, USA - APR 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with Dallas, Andrew, Maggi, Sts and Brendad. Pours a deep, murky brown body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is smoke, sweet malt, and yeast. Mouthfeel is moderate with notes of smoke, roasted caramel malts, sweet sugar, peat, and wood.
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with James, Andrew, and Maggi. Pours a brown with lots of mocha head. Flavoris great. Peat, smoke, chocolate. Finishes super smooth.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
reddish scotch-y brown color with a creamy pale brown head.
wow!...it smells and tastes like the infected short’s bottles... peanuts, sour raisins, vinegar and mild malt sugar.
sharply carbonated and very un-scotch ale-like...4/4/3/2/10
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Got in trade from Biggsbowler; THANKS Randall. Complex, sweet aroma of malt, dark ripe fruit, a hint of alcohol, raisins, plums, some cherry, and some Belgian yeast. Poured dark brown/very dark orange in color with a medium to large-sized, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is heavily sweet. Tastes of grape jelly, malt, slight chocolate, slight roasting, slight Belgian yeast, prune, plum, and alcohol. A bit of a peanut-butter and jelly flavor. Medium body. Slightly chalky texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, grape jelly, slight alcohol, plum finish is slightly chalky. 9%ABV is noticeable throughout though not hot.
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
My Bottom Line:
This puzzling brew shares a mish-mash of sugary and nearly tart flavors, ranging from aniseed, raisins and vinegar, before a charred roastiness rises in the finish.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A healthy head of foam sits atop the dark red.
-Picklish, acidic connotations are perceived in the aroma. This doesn’t bode well for this batch...
-The nose and flavor profile has nothing to do with a Scotch Ale. Moreover, the idea of marrying a Saison yeast with tons of caramel malts is just not a good one, for my palate anyway. I taste no harmony whatsoever in here.
-Intense carbonation does nothing to console the tastebuds.
-I don’t know if I’ve been unlucky with Cigar City lately, but that’s quite the string of poorly fermented brews I’ve had from them.
rubbishystuff (2312) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2015 Thanks to Dad for this. Good stuff but a slightly burnt flavor came through and the bitterness was a bit off. Otherwise warming fruity malty goodness. Serving: Bottle