michael-pollack (4960) - 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 (7746) - 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 doesnít 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 donít know if Iíve been unlucky with Cigar City lately, but thatís quite the string of poorly fermented brews Iíve had from them.
rubbishystuff (1811) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Date: March 04, 2012
Source: Tasting, Wrecking Bar
Appearance: clear dark brown, fine tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet and fruity aroma, sweetness brings out chocolate
Flavor: rich and fruity flavor, rich chocolate, lots of fruityness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured into glass. Super dark color for this style, dark brown almost black. Aroma has hints of brown sugar and plum. Little over carbonated frankly. Wasnít the easiest drinking beer but still tasty.
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep brownish black, with a two finger tan head that receded and leaves no lacing.†
The aroma is of toasty malt, caramel, a little dark fruit and black licorice. †
Flavor mimics the nose. Lots of big sweet flavors I get a bunch of caramel with the sweet bitterness of black licorice. †
The mouth feel is very smooth. Nice big open flavors really spread across the palate, very smooth, the finish is nice and warming.†
swoopjones (5669) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml, dark pour. Dark fruit, licorice, light peat, sour cherry notes. Somewhat tart acidic finish. High carbonation, highly foamy. Ok
DalzAle (1966) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to newcigarz! Dark brown pour, plenty of carbonation and a slightly sweet aroma. Flavor is a dark fruit, a little woody malt, slightly sweet and a little effervescent. Not bad, a slightly above average Scotch ale.
SHIG (3555) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a dark brown with a thick brown head. The nose is grassy and metallic. Taste is sweet grass with metal, subsides a bit to reveal dark plum and malts.
changeup45 (1716) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I picked up a bottle of this at Cigar City. The pour is a little murky and dark brown with a thick tan head on top. Good retention leaving some lace after each sip. The aroma is really rather interesting. Thereís quite a bit of prune and plum in there but with Bakers chocolate, damp wood, and dates as well. The flavors are equally interesting; seemingly a different twist on a Scotch Ale. Spritzy carbonation as well as a toasted malt character covers some of the malty sweetness of the beer. The chocolate kind of takes a back seat in the flavor with toasted caramel, pound cake, dried dates, and figs more at the forefront. A little earthy as well. I was a bit skeptical going in since I donít have much desire for high gravity, overly sweet beers these days. But I thought this one was pretty well done. Kudos to the brewers.