Drake (11432) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from mibirder! Thank you Sean! Pours a ruddy chocolate brown with almost no head. Not much to look at. Complex aroma with caramel, earthy and fruity notes. Taste is caramel, toffee, and an earthy woodiness. Some subtle fruity notes, mostly berry and raisin, with a very subtle hop bitterness in the very end of the finish. Medium bodied. Very nice.
PolakPorter (83) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Musky smoked dark fruit and honey aroma. Interesting. Taste is a wild congiliation of full-bodied sweet malt with a bitter bite towards the end. Creepy. Alcohol is well-hidden and can sneak up on you. Luckily, it is difficult to stomach more than a few of these babies. Very enjoyable and worth seeking out.
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with foamy off-white head. Nice lace. Big caramel malt aromas, toffee, and spice. Dark fruit, sweet malt, butterscotch, and a hint of chocolate in the flavor. Alcohol is apparent but not overpowering. Full bodied and chewy. Finish is smooth and sweet with slight bitterness. Very good!
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is a murky, cloudy caramel brown color with auburn highlights at the edges. A small, foamy, khaki colored head dissipates completely in a virtual instant. A complete lack of lacing hints at low carbonation, while substantial, viscous legs suggest a formidable body. The aroma is really nice, with a smoky, peaty quality that permeates notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, cream, cherries and figs. Flavors include caramel, toffee, chocolate, and vanilla, with a lightly bitter, earthy hop profile, and notes of dark, sweet fruits. The scotch-like, smoked peat profile is omnipresent, lending its signature, lightly salty smoke profile to the mix. The silky smooth, velvety palate confirms the low carbonation, and it works absolutely perfectly with these flavors. I really enjoyed this beer a great deal. Excellent Scotch Ale.
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow a scotch ale, my first. Caramel, pine hop, molasses, and alcoholic liek barleywine aroma. thick murky brown beer like syrup with faint beige head. Rich caramel w strong warming fruit raisin alcohol, subtle hop in finish. rich, creamy, drunky.
mmmbeer (1365) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Sampled 7-7-08) 12 oz. bottle poured into tumbler- poured non transparent murky brown, musky aroma of malt with notes of peat and hardwood in the background. Hits the mouth with heavy medium body, the malt comes through cleanly and very strong, an almost true scotch like quality to it, finish lingers around and makes you remember what you just had. I likey!!!
kseecs16 (1214) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark red copper color and has an aroma of dry roasted malt. Flavor is slightly smokey toasted malts with a dry finish. Medium bodied.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle - thanks to kryptic for the trade; pours orange-brown with suspended haze throughout; almost no head and aromas are musky, woody with sugar and alcohol obvious; rich and deep overall; lots of flavor and you can taste the bigness, but body is a little thin for my liking; sweet and dry finish; rich malts and sugars; very nice
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUL 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle via trade with EithCubes, thanks Mike!, cellared for 10 mos. after trade) Pours slightly murky dark amber with less than a finger of biege head that recedes mostly to edges. Fairly rich malty aroma of toffee and caramel with pine, juniper and mint hoppiness. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, lightly syrupy, a slight bit of fizziness, fairly low carbonation. Nice light webby rings of lacing. Taste is strong malt - caramel and toffee, slight licorice perhaps. The ABV is noticeable but not overpowering, so somewhat hot. Medium bitter with taste of pine and mint. There might be a slight hint of peat but it’s way in the background. Nice strong satisfying beer.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Light brown color. Aroma of some freshly proofed dough. Sweet malt. Lots of dough + bread. Could be very balanced but just too much dough. Biscuity.