beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled during RBSG 7/11/2009 at the Grand Tasting. This scotch ale pours a medium brown color from the bottle. Medium sized beige foamy head. Aroma is caramel, sweet, peaty and nutty. A medium bodied scotch ale. The malts are caramel and sweet, with a touch of peat. The hops are earthy. Nice balance. A touch sweet. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.
craftbeerdesign (2193) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2012 750ml bottle thanks to hopscotch! pours a very deep brown with a nice thick light tan head... nice lively carbonation on a swirl... sweet sharp malt aromas with some apple and a touch of coffee.. medium to full body... some light hidden cherry notes are surrounded by big sweet malts with toffee and almost sour fruit. really nice blend... this finishes well with all of the above culminating nicely.... while leaving a bit of spice...
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A little roasted malt on the aroma. A bit of cherry as advertised and a sweet malty finish. Roasted finish.
Cavie (3829) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of ericandersnavy. Pretty ruby pour. Lovely sweet malt aroma. A bit heavy. Some chocolate feel with a heavier feel. Pretty tasty scotch that finishes easy.
3fourths (8219) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2011 750ml bottle. Dense texture, rich dark coffee colored body with a toffee colored head. First impression of the nose is worrisome: metal and grapefruit, isovaleric acid once again. A little aeration and swirling and oxygenating in the glass and the iso acid character mostly disappears from the nose and seems completely gone flavor-wise. Malt structure is firm and full but also somewhat syrupy. Hop presence is minimal. Toffee and scotch-flavored malts get better as the glass warms and my palate acclimates. Good stuff all around, a little worrisome at the beginning but I can see why this one gets so much praise.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
9th Richmond RB Gathering, courtesy of dkachur. Dark fruits, raisin roast chocolate in aroma. Clear very dark amber brown with little head. Flavor has big roastyness with chocolate and moderate grain astringency. Finish is malty with moderate residual bitterness.
ChurchLady (19) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
It’s sweet. It’s bright. It’s a swirling cacophony of toffee, coffee and autumn spices. It is full bodied beer with a smooth and mellow after taste
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from GodOfThunder. Thanks, J!
Pours a deep mahogany with an autumn spice (nutmeg, pumpkin, cinammon) chunk soaked in peat syrup. Flavor is full, bragging peat sugar, peat syrup, and peat-soaked malt. Thick, gooey, slick, and oily mouthfeel. A very assertive yet approachable scotch ale. Definite repeat.
Kinz (3352) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Richmond 9th Gathering, courtesy of dkachur. Deep brown, nice head. Big molasses and toffee aroma. Flavor is dark fruit, more massive molasses malts, toffee, faint chocolate. Big, complex, rich flavor. Really nice.
Drake (8808) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL bottle courtesy of Joey. Thanks! Pours a dark slightly hazy reddish bronze color with a thin head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, toasted malts, chocolate, alcohol, green apple, red apple and other fruity notes. Taste is toffee, caramel, leafy and bitter hop notes and a fruity apple finish. A hint of chocolate. Full bodied. This is a damn good beer.