aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour: dark amber/brown, hazy. Head: thin, fizzy, offwhite. Aroma: sweet, alcohol, caramel. Flavor: sweet, alcohol, hoppy, some roast, malty, caramel. Palate: thick bodied. Finish: warm.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma of apples, cinnamon and nutmeg, along with a subtle smokiness. An almost salty smokiness hits the palate first, followed by a cherry and vanilla-laced woodsiness. Full, silky body. Some alcohol in the finsh, but still frighteningly drinkable for a brew that weighs in at almost 10% ABV.
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle: Pours a thin muddy chocolate brown with no head and lacing. Aroma has hints of chocolate, caramel, and cinnamon. Bold roasty flavor is a chocolate cookie dough. Texture is creamy and very smooth. Good sipping desert brew!
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2008 Date: 06/06/2007
Appearance: clear dark ruby red,
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma with a strong peaty earthy essence and lots of smokey character,
Body: very low carbonation almost to the point of being flat yet still a creamy body,
Flavor: rich dark caramel flavor, lots of smokey peat, light earthy bitterness, only a touch of sweetness from the caramel malts but the earthy peat keeps it dry,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
emacgee (4009) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to hoppymeal. Pours a slightly transparent brown with a thin medium tan head. The aroma is sweet, rich, caramel, shows alcohol, a tad bit of peat smoke. The flavor shows alcohol, fairly dry. Slightly smokey, mostly on the malty side, a bit dry, tick, rich, caramel, and brown sugar. The palate is dry and warm.
BBB63 (6019) - 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 (407) - 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 wasn’t quite as sweet as the others I’ve tried, which isn’t 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 (1058) - 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 you’re 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 (7124) - 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 wasn’t far from being really good.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - 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.