SHIG (3587) - 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 (1717) - 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. There’s 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 don’t have much desire for high gravity, overly sweet beers these days. But I thought this one was pretty well done. Kudos to the brewers.
alexsdad06 (5425) - Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours brown in color with a large tan head. The aroma has some lightly toasted sweet malt with a mild earthy note. The aroma was fairly weak overall. The flavor opens with a strong booziness. Once that wears off or you become sensitized to it there is some lightly toasted sweet caramel malt and earthy notes. Hints of ripe fruits show up with warming. This just didn’t do it for me.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: pitch and ash and burnt wood. A tan head bubbly and thick fades into a solid collar bordering a thin layer of tan. Swirls thick.
Nose: dark fruit stones with some random bits of flesh still attached – dry, nutty, and slightly meaty. Tart chocolates and bitter chocolates. Dry twigs and sticks and bark starts in the middle and finishes in the back – like the remains of a charred forest, black and brittle, and still smoldering slightly in spots. Rounds out with meaty prunes and dates, dried of course.
Palate: chewy with tartness along the edges followed by meaty rich dark fruits. Dry finish of leather and fruit stones. Bakers chocolate in the breath. Tartness and leather lingers on the top of my tongue. Plums. Smoke joins the chocolate in the breath. Overall surprisingly parching and thirst-inducing. Hint of spice is a whisper amongst the winds with cumin and ginger.
Final Thoughts: an intriguing take on the scotch ale style brewed at Cigar City Brewing in partnership with Dunedin Brewery out of Dunedin, Florida. Ah, how I love the craft beer community, let me count the ways… One sip, two sip, three. May I have another please?
glennmastrange (2255) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Moderate roastedn nutty, caramel and milk choclate for the malt, light to moderate resin and orange for the hops, light dough for the yeast. with raisin, date, brown sugar making an overall fruitcake aroma, and a hint of cider vinegar. Head is large, between frothy and creamy, khaki tan with some spotty lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is dark brown. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet andlightly to moderately acidic. Palate is medium to full, slightly syrupy, with a lively carbonation and a dry yet sticky on the lips finish. A little more tart than other Scotch Ale I’ve tried. Definitely a good winter warmer.
mikem409 (1487) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle thanks meadme!!!! pours dark red with an absolute massive tan head. aroma of fruit and malt. taste is very crisp and kinda chewy with some lingering fruit tartness from the saison yeast.
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle thanks to Secret Santa. Pours hazed dark brown to close to black with thick tight bubbled tan head. Nice looking beer. Aromas of belgain yeast, earthy malts, raisins, and spices. Flavors of earthy dark malts, some yeasty notes, chocolate, figs, and a little spice. Body is good. Kind of like a belgain scottish ale. Liked it and so did the people I shared it with.
jackl (4608) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle while on vacation. This beer’s a deep brownish red color. The head’s massive, tan color. The nose is complex - raisins, caramel, some cherries, pumpernickel bread and hints of espresso. The taste is tangy, sweet and somewhat spicy. There’s some port alcohol on the long finish. The body’s buoyant, even light. The carbonation’s medium. Overall, a wonderful, complex beer. Very nice.
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours hazy amber with a finger thick tan head. Aroma is sweet malts, earth, plum and candy sugars. Flavor is wood, funk, alcohol and malts. Medium bodied with a nice earthy finish. Medium to high carbonation.
Damico (2579) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours rich, dark chocolate in color with a huge creamy caramel tan head. The aroma is sweet malts, not much peat but still a presence, with some smokiness. The body and flavor are very well-balanced with nice flavors of the malts of a scotch ale, a bit sweet and overall pretty delicious.