nickd717 (3569) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a BeerAdvocate tasting - thanks Mark! Pours a ruddy dark brown color with a beige head. Aroma of caramel malt, dark fruits, and a hint of smoke. Flavor is sweet and malty with lots of caramel and toffee with a little cherry, scotch whiskey, and smoke/roast. Really smooth and full palate with a somewhat dry finish. Great Scotch ale.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle: Pours a transparent dark amber mahogany with a thin, wispy-lacing light tan head. Aroma of rich, sweet dark caramel malts with a touch of smoky peat and dark chocolate. Starts with good fullness and light carbonation along with lots of dense, sweet caramel toffee and some raisin dark fruity complexity. Finishes semi-sweet with some mild bitterness and a touch of milk chocolate. Very true to style and enjoyable.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to northernbrews for sharing this at the Kuhnhenn’s Summer Solstice. Pours a mahogany color with a small, off-white head. Aroma of caramel and smoke. The flavor is peat, dark fruit, bread, damp wood, and some hints of fruity esters and toasted nuts. Sticky medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 courtesy of Tampabrew. Pours brown with a thin tan head. Smells of roasted malt, sweet. Tastes of peated malt, sweet malt, oranges, some sweet caramel.
PhilTheThrill (25) - Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 at redlight redlight
huge toffee and chocolate notes in the nose... super creamy... delicious coffee and toffee tastes... like ovaltine for big people... hot damn.
malrubius (1855) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUN 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml in pint glass. (C’mon, thistle? Relax. Drink a beer.) Dark reddish brown with lasting dense amber head and some lace. Roasted brown sugar freshly turned earth aroma with hint of alcohol. Very toasty caramelized brown sugar flavor with nicely subdued dark red fruit (avoiding the cough syrup flavor that plagues bad scotch ales) with mild coffee bitter finish. Full body and creamy mouthfeel. Much better than expected. Some scotch ales are so sweet I can’t drink them. This one is balanced and especially robust. Excellent.
smith4498 (3066) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with tan head. Aromas of caramel and coffee with a light amount of smoke. Flavor is sweet toffee, dark fruits, coffee and some smokiness. Medium body with mild carbonation.
dmschefke (570) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to northernbrews for sharing this. Pours a nice dark brown with thick tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, dark dried fruit, bread, and spices. Flavor is quite nice with a bit of sweetness and chocolate to top it off. Mouthfeel is slick, but finishes dry. Very nice and looking forward to the bottle I have in the cellar.
kramer (5094) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
25 oz bottle, via TheCheeseMan. Pours a slightly hazy brownish amber body with a small beige head that ran to a thin ring. Big thick malty nose with just a touch of peat, some noticeable alcohol, and light cocoa liquor. A light hint of marshmallow? The flavor is sweet up front but fades to a slightly grainy, heavy, roasty, lightly peaty finish. Tastes a little murky to me really. Mouthfeel is full, a little clingy, with soft fizzy carbonation. A lingering huskiness. Overall, pretty good, but it didn’t hit the sweet spot for me. Too much husky chaff flavor.
larsniclas (5730) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Thx gnoff
Dark redbrown. Medium, orange-ish head.
Earthy aroma with licorice.
Vinous. Medium to high bitterness. Some salmiak.