BBB63 (5693) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle and served in my Unibroue tulip: Pours a beautiful mahogany hue with a fading off-white frothy head which had good lace and some oily leg upon the glassware. The aroma has big notes of peaty and toffee based malts with additional vapours of apple, allspice, juniper, herbal leafy hops, and a smack of smoke.
The taste starts with a rich bittersweet chocolate and candy apple twang over a base of pumpernickel bread. Midway I found some biting hop notes as well as a measure of brown sugar syrup. The finish has a display of light random spice and even a earthy/woody/smoky character.
I do wish that the mouth feel be a tad heavier but then it still works within the framework of the beer provided. Oily and biting, aggressive alcohol towards the end. I dig this and really want to see what the BA version has to offer. Get ya some!
MaxxDaddy (377) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from my Secret Santa (thanks!). Poured muddy brown with no head. Aroma of malty sweetness and perhaps some chocolate and dark fruit. The taste was more toward the roasted malt end of the spectrum, plenty of cocolate and coffee present here, along with slight smoke, caramel, and booze. This particular scotch ale wasnít quite as sweet as the others Iíve tried, which isnít necessarily a bad thing. Actually, it went down pretty easy for this style. Had a slightly creamy mouthfeel to it, which was nice. Certainly a decent beer, though I guess I was hoping for a bit more.
Hangover (1017) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - AUG 20, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown-"purple" pour, nice. Thin tan head. Caramel, dark fruits, grape, apple and sugary aroma. Creamy mouthfeel and the alcoholic warming starts quickly. Soon, the warmth subsides and youíre left with a slightly syrupy body, more caramel, berry, molasses. Finish is dry, lingering alcohol and the slightest bit of chocolate aftertaste. I thought this brew was spectacular.
Ughsmash (6967) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured a clear fiery garnet with a short cap of beige head and some rising carbonation. Aroma was quite enjoyable with toasty caramel, light peaty notes, and rum-laden darker fruits.. seductive, with the warmth and power peeking through if you take your time. The flavor struck me as overly assertive and skewed toward some overt alcohol notes and sour fruits... looking past that I found a lovely beer.. toasted caramel, chocolate, molasses, and some plummy fruits with some gingerbread sweetness accented by some herbal bitterness and mild smoked peat. Medium-bodied or a tad heavier on the palate.. smooth and creamy middle opens up to the sharper and not-as-well-balanced alcohol and sour notes at the back-end. This wasnít far from being really good.
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle wife bought for me from Wi. trip. Caramel candy aroma with some chocolate also. Murky orange body with beige creamy head that disipated to form a cover lid over the beer in the glass. Good lacing also present. Flavor was a good blend of chocolate and caramel malt and creamy flavor also from the lasting head. Smooth on the palate with an spicey cinnamon hot of alcohol on finish. Good Brew.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 12 oz bottle. Poured a clear dark orange-brown color. Head was thin and tan. Overall, the aromas were relatively subdued. I detected hints of molasses, dried fruits, and brown sugar. Dry and medium bodied. The 9.75% alcohol was evident throughout. It warmed my palate and created a slow burn in my stomach. Tasted of spicy and chocolatey malt with a hint of smoke and prune.
vyvvy (3553) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at 7/17/07 STL beer gathering. Pours clear mahogany / garnet with a small quickly diminishing head. The aroma has lots of sweet caramel malt, molasses, brown sugar, anise and cream. Medium / light body that is lush with sharp carbonation and finishes very thing - almost watery. The flavor starts with molasses, caramel, toasted toffee and tobacco. the finish adds sour fruitiness and some papery traits. The good points of the beer are very good, but the bad point detract this from being a great example of the style.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2007 Wasnít that impressed. Perhaps I donít like scotch ales. Tasted very sweet, a raisiny sort of sticky sugar sweetness. Alcohol is there, but the sweetness just bothers me.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Resisted rating this fresh, was extremely "hot", so 18 months later, here goes. dark mahogany brown with 1 finger semi-dense beige head. Doesnít grow legs, but coats the glass for awhile. Aroma and flavor have both mellowed quite a bit. Up front nutty roast, with a nice woody character, faint smokiness, but not really peat-like (iíve been thatís a scotch ale misconception anyway). Background is candied plum and raisin. Flavor quite nice, but doesnít pack quite the punch the aroma does. All over the place for sure though. Roasted nuts, smoke, wood. Plenty of fruity esters, just hard to pinpoint individual flavors. Smooth mouthfeel, carbonation has mellowed, from what I remember. Very nice overall. Wonder what this would score had everyone given it some time?
thegreenrooster (3052) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 19, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is a dark borwn with a white soapy head. Aroma is a strong helping of malts and dark fruit. Flavor is boozy and hot with some licorice and caramel. A nice take on this style but this is one where the alcohol could be a little lower to make it more enjoyable.