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.
Haslinger (874) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle shared with kegbear. Oh man this one smells like caramel and some toffee. It tastes the same with an awesome bit of chocolate cocoa as it warms it slightly mellows and the cocoa becomes a bit more pronounced. This beer is awesome!
pilgrimoutlaw (866) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Firkin at Capone’s. Starts out with an a fairly intense coffee taste that gives way to a malty toffee flavor. Not bad, but the first half tasted better than the latter portion.
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 doesn’t beat out Alesmith Wee Heavy in this style for me, it sure is enjoyable. Thanks again Dave!
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is loaded with caramelly malts, some ligher peat coming through as well. Looks like liquid toffee, and quite frankly, tastes like it too! Very sweet with a nice toasty quality to it. Overall quite taste, great treat on Christmas night! Thanks to secret santa 09 for this gem.
48FanInCali (817) - California, USA - APR 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yummy. Poured scotch ale brown with a decent head. Nose was musty peet with sweet toffee. Taste was very sweet with toffee and a ton of roasted malt. We had this side by side with the BA version and I found this more enjoyable. This is the second side by side in a row with a big scotch ale and it’s BA sister in which the non-BA version stole the show.
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JUL 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Grant for the treat. Pored this one into a large snifter sitting by a camp fire. I must say it may have influenced my score some by adding to the experience I even lit up a Liga Privada no.9 for my second glass which paired prefect in my book. The brew had a tan colored head on top of a dark brown body, and the head lasted leaving great lacing on the side of the glass.
Big roasted malt aromas’ come from this brew, so you get some coffee espresso notes. Now It might have been the campfire but I did get a slight hint of smoke LOL. It had a medium to light body. I wished for a tad more probably my only knock on the brew.
The flavor was great, it had a healthy amount of sweet caramel malts to me with the right amount of roasted bitters to keep this brew well balanced. Again I did get some smokiness to it as well, but like I said the atmosphere enhanced this one.
A great scotch ale well worth the effort to obtain. The drinkability was off the charts for me. I would love another bottle (hint)
Rando7 (776) - Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours thick and brown with thick tan persistent head. Great lacing. Aroma sweet malts. Taste sweet toffee, caramel, malts, yeast, bit of dark fruit. Finish clean with minimal hops. palate thick and sticky. Alcohol disguised. Not astringent at all.
Really does bring to mind a strong barleywine rather than a scotch ale but it works for me.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark reddish brown with a thick beige head. Aroma is of deep roasted malt, caramel, light smoke and some coffee. Flavor is big roasted caramel malt and toffee, some bread and slight currant undertones are also present. Totally devoid of peat. Very rich but still very drinkable, slight bitter finish.
darkguardian (727) - 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 Zhukov’s Impy Stout! Insane props to Joey and Wayne on this amazing masterpiece.