ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle as a sweet bonus from alexsdad06. thanks, brad! pours a dark brown with a smooth, dark khaki head and sticky lacing. aroma is great with smooth, buttery toffee, toasted dark malts, and light wood with fruity notes of black cherry, fig, and raisin and a touch of sweet vanilla. flavor is wonderful as well with lightly tart fruit notes of cherry, plum, and red grape up front that are quickly smoothed out by sweet toffee, roasted malts, toasted pumpernickel, and mild peat leading into a burnt coffee on the swallow. palate is on the fuller side of medium bodied with light carbonation and long, roasty finish. overall, a wonderful scotch ale. i’d expect nothing less from CCB and i’m not even a homer.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Originally reviewed: 6/14/09. Poured into my pint glass a very thick dark brown with slight ruby tints on the edges. There was a decent amount of tan head on there, but this left little to no lacing. Disappointing there. Smells of fresh bread, big toffee, caramel, and booze.
Mouthfeel is decent with a medium amount of carbonation. Slightly slick, but not bad. This is the maltiest malt-bomb ever! Huge brown sugar, molasses, caramel, toffee, pumpernickel all over this beer! Finishes slightly chalky and drying. This is a very good Scotch Ale. Probably the best I’ve had. Highly recommend.
beechner224 (993) - 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.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to SoLan and his mom, thanks guys! Pours a deep, ruddy reddish-brown color with a thin tan head that quickly receded to a ring. Strong aroma of toffee, brown sugar, some apple fruitiness, a light roasted maltiness, and some vanilla. Smooth, sweet entry with soft fruitiness (cherry, apple) that leads into a sweet maltiness with hints of toffee, caramel, and brown sugar that lingered into the finish where it was met with a subtle roastiness that added a light dryness. Low to no carbonation and slick, heavy mouth feel. Overall, a pretty good tasting scotch ale that is really rich. It tastes good, but almost becomes a chore to drink. I also feared there was an infection problem upon initially smelling/tasting the beer, as there was an odd tartness present, but it seemed to disappear rather quickly. This would be a nice drink on a cold night in smaller quantities.
WVHouseofBeer (973) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an extremely dark brown color with a light beige head that settles to a ring. Aroma mostly consisting of toffee and dark fruit. Flavors of cherry, caramel, toffee and chocolate. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet malty finish. This beer is definitely a malt bomb and I like it.
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured redish brown, with a relatively small tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, bread, light spice, roasted malt. Some mild dark fruit as well and a little booze. Taste is similarly sweet, with some dark fruit, spice, and lightly boozey finish. Mouth is sticky with light carbonation. Overall, really solid scotch, very nice.
DrewFace (965) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark brown/black color with big tan head. Aroma of dark malt, dark fruits. Flavor of caramel, dark fruits, plum, and a slight bit of roastiness. Very tasty scotch ale.
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 (901) - 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 (882) - 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.