TomDecapolis (4544) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to hopdog for sharing. Pours a deep brown with orange and amber notes. Aroma of dark fruits, dark cherries, vanilla, oak, tobacco, earthy with a hint of smoke. Flavor of toasted malt, vanilla, oak, light bourbon, ligth cherry notes and earthy.
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
( 750ml 2009 bottle marked # 158/246 thanks to ericandersnavy - Rating #600!) Pours very murky brown with nice oily tan head. Nose of wood, caramel, biscuit. Taste of sweet malt, caramel, lightly toasted grains. A thick delicious body finishes this one.
This is probably the best scotch ale I’ve had, and my favorite Cigar City beer so far.
BuckeyeBoy (2867) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 74 of 246. Pours out a nice black topped with a medium white head. Aroma is pitfruit, light wood, roast nutts. Taste is much more of the roasted nutts along witht he sweet pitfruit and a little oak. Thanks douglas for sharing this treat.
dchmela (2681) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
New Years eve brew! Dark reddish brown body. Huge bourbon, peat and toffee aroma. Taste has lots of peat, cherry, toffee and bourbon. Big body, this is a real sipper and a great after dinner brew.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of dkachur on 09/12/2009. Bottle 214/246. Somewhat cloudy dark brown body with a medium frothy light brown head. Sweet oak and smoky aroma with a bit of chocolate and roast. Sweet oak and chocolate flavor with a bit of roast. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy brown, medium sized beige head. Aroma is roast caramel malt and oak. Smooth rich caramel flavor with a burnt finish.
Sledutah (5101) - Utah, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the SLC tasting 12/11/09 (74/246)
Appearance: Poured dark brown with red tint with a tan head
Aroma: Roasted malt, fruit and bourbon
Taste: Creamy mouthfeel, smokey, dark fruit and bourbon
A very good beer. Would taste great on a cold night.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml, bottle 18/246, pours murky dark red with small head. Nose has alc, dates, caramel. Flavors of caramel, dark fruit, oak, vanilla. A little muddled, thin-medium body.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle shared by Andrew (bottle 18/246)... Pours a dark reddish caramel brown with a thin off-white head... Caramel apple and bourbon sweetness with assertive vanilla tones as well... Flavors are very similar to the aroma but doesn’t followthrough as well. Somewhat abrupt finish, boozy and a little thin from the barrel. I prefer the normal version to this actually.
BBB63 (6154) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with Shawn, thanks: Deep brown hue with crimson highlights topped by a fading head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of smoke, tobacco, bourbon, walnuts, vanilla and chocolate with a hint of oxidization. The taste has a big shocking mocha and vanilla overtone with light dark fruity and earthy tones. Boozy and medicinal notes on the finish. The scotch ale seems to be in submission from the barrel aging. The mouth feel is lively and crisp with a warming character, chalky and band-aid finish. While still a nice brew overall, it seems a tad brash and loses some base beer character.