dchmela (2482) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. Reddish brown pour with a thick tan head. Big smoky malt, peaty and earthy aroma. Sweet malt, cherry, coffee and roasted grain taste. Very complex ale, but the flavors all blend and compliment nicely. Letting it warm up a touch really lets the flavors explode. Really good.
LilBeerDoctor (3227) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at PPRBSG09. Pours a murky brown. Aroma of diacetyl and sweet malt. Flavor of roasted malt and sweet caramel malt. Ok for a scotch ale (admittedly not my favorite style).
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Best thing about this is the flavor and palate. Nice and smooth/thick mouthfeel. Tons of dark fruity flavors mixed in with some vanilla. Never really seems cloying. Palate is amazingly clean.
argo0 (11085) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(PPSG09, 22oz bottle) Murky brown body topped by small tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel/toffee, light smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some toffee, smoke/peat. Some stickiness, medium-full body.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I believe this was poured from a growler: Murky brown with a tan head. Chewy aroma- peat, caramel, dark fruits- creamy body. Rich yet balanced flavor of big caramel, vanilla notes, light peat, prune and other various dark fruits. Earthy on the back. A nice Scotch Ale.
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - JUN 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
aroma of roasted malts, toffee, chocolate, caramel, a little smoke, and sweetness from dark fruits. flavor is similar with explosions of flavors that layer on top of eachother with exceptional balance. great brew
notalush (4459) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to juiceisloose for this one - shared at Peterís NY gathering - a very turbid pour - quite sweet, even for a scotch ale, but that is really my only complaint - low carbonation, with a smooth mouthfeel - a lot of caramel, toffee, and plum, on top of a soft peaty and smoky character - a bit of roasted nuts and cherries - quite earthy, but the smoke phenols take a back seat to the sweetness.
BillKismet (3165) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich scotch-amber with tanned, creme brulee foam head. Musky bouquet of malt and candi malt. Buffeted veins of fruitiness, some prune, caramel, and cherry chocolate. Rich, velvey mouthfeel. Full-bodied. Candi-malt at the front of the palate. A wave of varied caramel malts with some specks of cherry chocolate glides over the taste buds. Top-notch Scotch ale.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
PPRBSG. My first Cigar City. Dark brune body with a tan head. Chewy scotch notes light smoke and caramel with some berry sweetness. Chewy smooth caramel with a light peat and chewy fruit. I am not a scotch ale fan but this is fantastic for what it is, or at least i thought so.
bitbucket (2144) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750, thanks, Scrizzz! Pours hazy brown with a lacy beige head. Sweet caramel aroma with a hint of smoke. Medium-light body and carbonation. Caramel and toast taste. A bit hoppier on the finish than I like for this style. Probably worth keeping around for a couple of years until the hops drop out.