tillmac62 (685) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark brown that turns a hazy garnet under intense light. Below normal head volume, poor lacing and retention.
Very good nose of bready notes over caramel. Intensity is a bit light and fails to deliver the complexity needed for an outstanding aroma for this style. At room temperature, very light notes of dark fruit are present.
Light medium body that is smooth. Superb carbonation level that is matched very well for the body providing a palate tickling effervescent middle and a nice prickly burst in the finish.
The flavor profile is very good, but like the nose, it lacks complexity. Bready flavor with a bit of char permeates. The middle brings a light subtle bitterness that is very well balanced with a slightly burned sweet caramel note. Alcohol is completely covered, no small task for 9.75% ABV. The finish is a slow, slightly sweet, fade of bready (pumpernickel comes to mind) malts and a charred note.
Msdrbeat (498) - East Lansing, USA - APR 7, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Hopcat. Dark color and typical scotch ale aroma. Mouthful is a bit more watery than I anticipated.
andrepintado (2764) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - MAR 26, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark red copper brown. Thin head. Medium sweetness. Medium body. Aroma is malt, roasted, alcohol, vanilla, nutty.
malkyore (377) - - MAR 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I like this beer a lot... Itís pretty much a regular old scotch ale. Itís a little less sweet than dirty bastard but pretty much just as good.
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planky84 (2876) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Beermoth, Manchester. Brown pour with a whispy white head. Toffee apple, caramel, Orchard fruit. More of the same in the flavour. Warm alcohol down the gullet. Good brew.
stoutgap (56) - Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass,very little light tan head that left quickly, light brown in color. Aroma of malt, caramel. Medium sweet and a little bitter, a bit fizzy with a some what lasting bitter finish. Overall a pretty fair Scotch ale.
kajser27 (1406) - Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 8, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown colored, ruby hue, small non lasting beige head. Aroma is of toffee, caramel, dried fruits, bit chocolate. Taste is medium+ sweet caramel and toffee, dried fruit, some chocolate, nuts, bit spice, light+ herbal bitterness. Medium+ bodied, soft carbonation, sticky.
(bottle, Bierhalle Deconinck, Vichte)
77ships (8210) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355 ml. bottle @ home. Purchased @ Struise Beershop in Bruges. BBF dates is smudges. Pours deep pomegranate brown copper with little tanned head. Nose is strong cough syrup, herbal, syrupy with varnish coated overripe dark fruits. Overly reminiscent of cough syrup for me. Taste is herbal cough syrup with light molasses, dash licorice, faint oxidation, dash varnish, varnish coated overripe dark fruits, alcohol soaked dark fruits, light burned mocha, leaves quite a bit of Belgian qualities. Low carbonation, syrupy, slick thin herbal. Overly reminiscent of cough syrup with varnish & Belgian accents for me, feels a bit aged. This flavor profile seems to belong more to the 80ís & 90ís rather than now. Passable for what it is but not really for me. It is partially enjoyable & not all bad but it isnít something that I would choose given prior knowledge & agreeable other options.
Ernest (7346) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2016
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel), with notes of alcohol, brown sugar.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
Simple aroma of sugars, and expectedly very sweet in the mouth, although there is enough finishing bitterness to keep it from being repulsively sweet. Its worst aspect is by far the mouthfeel, where it is curiously thin-bodied and watery for being nearly 10% (and quite burning, as you might expect). A very boring drain pour.
Unde (902) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 16, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark brown colour with very small head. Aroma has wooden notes, chocolate, dried fruits, some berries too and malty as well. Taste has chocolate sweetness, syrup, wooden notes and malty flavours. Soft medium body and medium carbonation. Excellent aroma but taste was sadly not so great.