pilgrimoutlaw (836) - 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.
knickskicks (835) - - OCT 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, very light tan head. Nose is berries, booze, fruit cake. Taste is berries, red fruit, fruit cake, booze. Bitter chalky finish.
beechner224 (833) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottleshare thankd to DrewFace. Pours dark brown, tan head. Aroma of peaty stuff, sounds right. Taste is malty, smokey, peat, decent.
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.
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)
48FanInCali (796) - 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.
Rando7 (770) - 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 (726) - 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.
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Todd & Co. for sharing this in Denver! Smells insanely with vanilla, rich caramel malts, some nice notes of chocolate, and boozey as well. Flavor delivers much of the same, caramel, some chocolate, a touch of vanilla, and the booze aspect. There were some definite sweet sugars coming through.