dsm (109) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Ashley’s in Ann Arbor. Pours brown. It has a few spices and is smooth, but bland overall. Slightly sweet. There isn’t much to it.
Stine (1645) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky amber; bright orange glow lingering at the bottom. Damp, malty fruit aroma; crunchy candy sugars, peat, and peaches seared in bourbon and caramel. Crusty sweetness of peppermint, bubblegum, and creme brulee burns a brisk edge into the fruity forms, hinting late of some tart lactose sugar. Taste is simple and concretely organized; maple wood and syrup, leafy bitterness and apple peel, smoked chocolate malt and cherry pit. Dense; detailed. Fruity heaviness in acerbic raspberry juice, some banana, black cherry; made dirty with a type of natural mineral dusting that lends a rich, earthy moss bitterness but no unpleasant metallic twang. Smooth, wet and rustic palate with the lightest burn of alcohol; finishes dankly and lightly bitter with an aged hop and hot scotch dryness. Lucid, balanced, and agreeable; a pleasant scotch ale.
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up single 12-oz bottle at Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN. Pours a semi-hazy brown amber brew with a thin off-white head that has some retention and spotty lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, some apricots, maple syrup and a touch of peat. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of malty caramel, some roasted nuts, toffee and some spiced peat. Finish is slightly dry, a little yeast in the background with some sweet caramel in the background.
shrubber85 (8787) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Prune, raisin, and cherry malt aroma. Cloudy dark amber with minimal head. Dried apricot/prune and malt flavor with a mildly astringent/bitter finish. A bit cloying but overall a nice brew.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a dark hazy brown shade of amber with a small beige head. nose is sweet with wood, maple syrup, copper maltiness, nuts, peat and spicy notes. flavor is monstrously malty and a bit too far on the sweet side. toffee and floral hops stand out with earth, nuttiness and some bourbon characteristics lingering in the background. alcohol comes in late and gets quite noticeable as it warms. finishes surprisingly dry and lightly acidic leaving some yeasty dryness and spice in the aftertaste. medium body and mouth feel (although it is a bit on the sticky side).
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Dark brown pour..slightly hazy. Nose is sweet caramel malt...dark plum, raisin fruits...flavor is nearly identical. Full-bodied, a little alcohol burn...more fruity malt. Good scotch ale, just not one of the best.
Nuffield (3772) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
My second of three Dark Horse beers for Christmas Day 2007, shared with my wife. Noticeably burnt character to the malts, overwhelming the sweetness (a pattern is emerging). The alcohol is well hidden though the beer is not producing a ton of flavors, even with drinking this across a range of temperatures. Caramel notes, appropriate to a scotch ale, but it doesn’t rise to the top of the heap. Good rich color.
highibus (753) - Vail, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a murky chestnut color. Small head with almost no lacing. Full body which hides the alcohol well. Overall this is a nice beer some flavors are masked, but not sure by what.
badgerben (4578) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color with no head. Massive caramel and butterscotch aroma. Incredibly sweet and sticky malt taste with a large blast of peat, chocolate and caramel. This was 9%?! Could have fooled me; it seemed more like 5 or 6. Dangerously easy and delicious drinking.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle, blurbs on sides and bottom on the four pack carton (including with what I am guessing is a misprinting by listing the ABV as 9.5%), sampled in a snifter. Fine sediment is visible in the bottom of the bottle.
Poured a chocolate brown with an tight, compact head of pale beige that slowly dissipated into a fine bubbly, sudsy lacing, the most minimal amount of laced sticking.
The fruity aromas are the first smells I noticed, green apples, pineapple and strawberries. Further whiffs reveal roasted caramel and butterscotch, and if you draw in the smell really hard, smoked wood.
Moderate bodied with a smooth light feeling in the mouth, the carbonation is soft, but doesn’t hinder the drinkability. Mildly tart, fruity tastes of apples, sour cranberries and a subtle pineapple. The smoked malt flavors are pretty light, butterscotch and sweet caramel with a little roasted earthiness coming out in the end. Towards the finish a delicate citrus hop taste emerges, adding to the gentle bitter finale. The alcohol is barely detectable, just a low grade spicy warmth in the palate.
A nice Scotch Ale with the Dark Horse twist on the style, quite enjoyable and an easy quaffer, a bit dangerous, consume with caution.