BlackWarrior (203) - Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Maybe my nose isn’t working but I got tons of resinous pine upfront and some herbs. Faint caramel malts and some breadiness. It was very nice and surprisingly hoppy. The hazy, reddish pour was topped with a huge off-white head that lingered and laced. The body is medium w/ avg carbonation and feels crisp and clean in the mouth. A touch too dry in the finish, but that’s a minor gripe. With the pine notes I was surprised at the amount of smoke I tasted. Caramel sweetness provides the backbone and flavors waver from smoke to pine with some herbal notes. Very interesting brew and especially so considering the ABV. I really enjoyed this one.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Community Tap, Greenville, SC. Pour a bit underwhelming, a thinnish rust color with minimal head. Nose is pretty nice though, and fairly complex for such a small beer. Quite smoky although the taste has a better integration of sweet malts and campfire, peat notes. Not bad.
hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2012
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle… Lightly hazed dirty-orange ale with a mid-sized, foamy, off-white head. Great retention. The nose offers subtle notes of toffee and cherry wood smoke. Medium to full-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel and airy carbonation. Perfectly balanced, but over-attenuated and thin. Possibly the beginnings of infection here? Finishes lifeless, minerally and watery. Lacks any real malt character. Literally sucks the flavor from my previous meal right out of my mouth. Mostly inoffensive, but so is tap water. Oh well, there’s an infected bottle or two in almost every batch of beer. I must have drawn the shortest straw this time around. Judging by others’ ratings, I should give this one another chance some day. Bottle courtesy of ElliesBrown!
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler @ Growlers, Hilton Head. Pours cloudy, light brown. Light tan lacey head. Sweet aroma, light smoke. Sweet malt, mild smoked malt, wooded hops. Light bodied, easy to drunk. (3293)
jtclockwork (12133) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with off white head. Nose/taste of cherry wood, smoked malts, caramel toffee and citrus. Lots of smoke and cherry. Medium body. Finishes dry smoked cherry wood. World class for the style.
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nicely made Scottish ale with a tiny bit of smoke on the end. Rather hoppy up front, but settles into a semisweet middle before heading into a dry, lingering finish. The smoke pops up on the fade, not heavy but rather a subtle suggestion that mixes nicely with the piney hops. The lack of sweetness makes me happy, and the low ABV makes me want another.
Drake (11432) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served on draft at the brewery. Pours a hazy brown color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of citrus, toffee malts and smoke. The taste is fruity notes, plums, citrus, toffee and a smoky finish. Medium bodied.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Scottish Export Ale. Believe it or not, obscure session strength beers, freshly produced by a local brewery are about as exciting as it gets for me. Seldom seen, this 4.5% abv. style of beer is sometimes sent the US from Scotland but suffers greatly from the road. An appetizing aroma of savory smoke greets the nose immediately with a soft touch of caramel. Rather than the fruity/peated smoke some breweries would default to, COAST has chosen cherrywood and German smoked malt. That smoke works well to balance out the finish and makes this a truly digestible and moreish beer, keeping away from the cloying sweetness that defines many of its peers.