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 didnít realize I like Scotch Aleís so much until I tried this one. Well balanced and well done!
Suttree (4736) - 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 (4232) - 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.
TURDFERGUSON (3741) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first cigar city. Big thanks to dakine! This beer is pretty awesome. I was hesitant about opening it because of it rarity but I shared with some random friends who liked it very much. I liked it a lot too. Awesome appearance, nose, and flavor. Nicely bslnced, one of the better scotch ales I have sampled.
Palidor19 (2845) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
smells of caramel, vanilla, slight wood. pours a great looking dark reddish brown. taste is highly malty. buttery with complex flavors same as the aroma. medium yet well made hops throughout the beer.
nick76 (4125) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is papery with butterscotch, fruitiness, earthiness, wood, and a hint of smoke. The appearance is red brown with a large foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma with an astringent finish. The palate is typical for the style. Overall I donít care much for this one because of the paper and astringency.
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. Shared with friends. Pours a creamy dark brown with a thick light tan head. Nose is of course lots of caramel but also considerable brown sugar, smoke and even a bit of fruit (some citrus from the hops but also some prune and cherry). The flavor on this is jaw dropping. I actually prefer the flavor slightly to Alesmith Wee Heavy. In fact Overall I think I like this better. Its reminiscent more of Belhaven Wee Heavy in its flavor profile but with a balancing of hops that keeps the sweetness in check. Rich roasted chocolate up front followed by thick notes of caramel and cherry. Some strong raisin and fig and even a bit of light smoke and leather. Simply AMAZING. The palate is super thick and I was amazed this was only 8.5% not because of the alcohol which is non existant, but because the palate is just insanely full. Massive body. Chewy and rich. I actually may like this more than the Zhukovís Impy Stout! Insane props to Joey and Wayne on this amazing masterpiece.
zizzybalubba (1254) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2009 750 mL bottle from Leeís Liquors in Orlando (big thanks to Austin for getting this one). Pours dark brown with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, smoke, and very light piney hops. Very good, balanced flavor; not too sweet like many Scotch Ales. This does have some characterisitics of an imperial stout with the smoked flavors, toffee, and a hint of coffee. I said this in my review of Founderís Dirty Bastard but I now have to ammend that review: best Scotch Ale I have had. This time, I donít think itís even close. Phenomenal beer.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky chestnut with a light head. Earthy nose is toffee and caramel richness. Soft, full, rich mouthfeel. Soft, chewy toffee notes, very sweet and lush. Hints of peat and wood. Well-balanced.
Beershine (5177) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2012 Bottle shared by Daknole. Dark brown with fizzy golden tan/cappuccino head. Sweet toffee, caramel, custard, coffee ice cream aromas. Smooth and very creamy. Nice warmth. Not smokey but more of the sweet scotch flavors, candi sugar, fruity with tons of raisin character. Super smooth in spite of being sweet.