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
Itís sweet. Itís bright. Itís 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 (3274) - 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 (8300) - 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.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2009 Thanks to TampaBrew. Clear, dark brown pour with red highlights, minimal lace. Aroma of plums, alcohol, smoke, molasses. Flavor is an enormous malt bomb, toffee, molasses, prunes, toasted bread, walnut, cider. Would rate higher, but had trouble enjoying. Flavor is poorly harmonized with a very overt alcohol presence and fusel off note, like a blend of root beer and cough syrup. Improves after some time spent mellowing in the glass. Very full mouthfeel, warming, slightly still.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Tarheels86. Also thanks to Alexsdad06 for letting me sample his bottle too.
Iím not really a fan of Scotch Ales yet and have only had a few. This has an aroma of malts and caramel. Looks great, dark brown with a thick creamy beige head that sticks around. Flavor is unique, sweet malts, caramel, maybe a touch of smoke. Good mouthfeel.
AndyReynolds (879) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - SEP 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, thanks to alexdad06 at Natifest. I forgot to rank this one, but stumbled accross my notes this morning. Pours a dark amber-copper color with a thin head. Aroma is strong with carmalized malts. Notes of chocolate, roasted malts, a bit of wood, and the smallest amount of coffee come out. On the palate, it is thick and dry. The flavor brings out a bit of a nutty taste and brings the roasted malts to the front. Pretty good beer overall, but nothing too special.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle courtesy of Gillard, poured into a snifter.
Pours a very dark mahogany brown in the glass that shows a dark, clear copper when held up to light. Thereís a solid creamy tan head that recedes fairly slowly and leaves almost no lacing.
The aroma is pretty subtle and straight-forward for the style with a big slightly-smoked caramel malt backbone with some dark fruit mixed in. Hints of molasses and chocolate are in there is well.
The taste is a more vibrant version of the nose with the sweetness still dominating but with a more pronounced smoked peat flavor, especially in the finish which is slightly dry and has more coffee bitterness than I was expecting. The dark fruits, chocolate and vanilla all contribute to the sweetness.
The mouthfeel is very smooth and medium to full bodied with good carbonation.
This is a solid effort from Cigar City and a very good Scotch ale. I wouldnít put it near the top of the list of their beers, but itís a drinkable and sweeter version of the style.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - AUG 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Woo-hoo, my first CC beer, and looking forward to it, with mucho thanks to dchmela! 750ml bottle pours a nice reddish brown with a good sized lasting tan head. Aroma is milder but still plenty going on, with toffee, peat, coffee, bread, brown sugar and a touch of smoke. As expected, flavor is more malts, with continued toffee, bread, peat, brown sugar and touches of coffee and smoke. Nicely done, and while it doesnít beat out Alesmith Wee Heavy in this style for me, it sure is enjoyable. Thanks again Dave!