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 (4588) - 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 Peter’s 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 (3245) - 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 (2155) - 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.
after4ever (5861) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750, capped. Interesting. Thanks, Scrizzz! Pours an opaque dark brown with rubied highlights in the corners. Dense, creamy tan layer of foam on top. Big black pepper nose, dark bread toast there as well. Creamy medium body. Prickly carb. Long roasty finish. Really nice stuff.
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma brings out sweet toffee with hints of dark chocolate and dried fruit. Roasty malty flavor starts with chocolate cherries and finishes with hints of coffee beans. Finish is chewy and dry that is very flavorable and enjoyable. I didn’t realize I like Scotch Ale’s so much until I tried this one. Well balanced and well done!
Suttree (4878) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, murky brown, nice brown head. Very malty aroma - molasses, honey, toffee and some fruity notes. Very thick, rich palate - The Bride describes it as being as thick as whole milk. Mpale and toffee, some cherry notes up front, maybe touch of prune - very decadent and rich. .I also get some touches of tobbacco and leather as it warms. Excellent stuff.
Pailhead (4381) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2009 Courtesy of northernbrews
Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, chocolate, cherry, coffee, smoke, and wood. It pours a dark orangish-brown with no transparency and a moderate beige head that leaves behind some sporadic webbed lacing. The flavor starts with lots of caramel and chocolate. There some light-moderate cherry in the background. The finish has some light notes of smoke and wood. Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a soft mouthfeel.