auerbrau (3146) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 Oz Bottle. A very barleywine-esque aroma with intense, deep malt character in apple wine, special B, light pipe tobacco, raisins, cream, walnuts and some port-like fusels. Bright, alive and rich. Pours a ruddied pale brown, with a rim of creamy off-white. Flavor finds warmer ground in a field of sweet alcohols, figs, middle malts, including a bit of roast in a smoky wisp of coffee dredge and cocoa powder, adding some unique depth to the beer. Not thin bodied, nor heavy. A pretty nice body, actually, well balanced by the soothing roast edges and a lemon-pepper hop smack. Great caramelization and nice construction. A bit of yeast climbs in the backseat as we fade down a dusty road. Thanks Shaun! A quite fun Scotch Ale!
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of artusory. Thanks, Ryan! Pours a cloudy, reddish color; off-white head with light retention. Pleasant maltiness and milk chocolate in the aroma. Medium, wet malt and milk chocolate mouthfeel: plenty of bitter chocolate and alcohol; citrus character. Medium, citrus and wet malt finish. Underwhelming for the amount of alcohol.
thedm (4920) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 31, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a extremely small sized almost non-existant head of medium sized clear colored bubbles that were very quickly diminishing and left behind a semi-opaque dark brown colored body with some haziness and floating particulate. The mild aroma was brown malt. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish vinous aftertaste. The mild flavor contained notes of sweet brown malt and alcohol. A decent one that I would consider buying again.
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - MAR 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Murky chestnut maple pour. Malty aroma with caramel and peat. Caramel with smokey peat and heavy malt with fruit. Semi-creamy body. Wet, with a light bitter finish. Nothing special to my taste buds.
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy dark copper color with nice tan head. Toffee, coffee, caramel and dark fruit aroma. Great flavor, only a slight hint of the 9.75% on finish.
beastiefan2k (2359) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2012 Bottle, 12oz, thanks to BigErn, spasiba. Poured into a Chimay goblet, why?... because I havent used it in a while and I dont own a thistle. Pours thinnish looking with absolutely no head and just the tinniest halo lacing. Color is very dark, close to reddish, amber nearing the brown area of the spectrum. Aroma is surprisingly mellow, lots of sweet candied apple and brown sugar sweetness. Really weird in a way, it just seems to lack the hefty aroma I like in my Scotch but its still nice overall. No alcohol presence. Carbonation is slightly subdued, medium body - again I prefer a thicker Scotch. Taste is overall light with faint roastiness speckled throughout a watery malty (caramel) sweetness. Not offputting in any way but nothing really going on in there either. Again, the upside is I still feel no alcohol at all, maybe I could shoot for 6 if I had to guess. Now that I add the second half of the bottle, I get a nice yeasty sweetness as well as more of a sweet caramel kick. Still leaves my tongue wanting a bit more substance in the flavor.
5 years later and my original rating is still pretty accurate. I like that my taste has not changed for this style and I guess I congratulate Dark Horse for consistency.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Silphium for the bottle. Hazy copper with almost no head. Aroma of toffee and caramel. Full body, wow. Tastes of everything dark and sweet; toffee, caramel, brown sugar, a little molasses. Slightly smoked. The alcohol is well hidden except for the warmth. Sticky texture. I enjoyed it except for the flat carbonation. I’ll have to get another bottle to see if it’s the same way.
Tmoney99 (10400) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Wacky’s. Poured hazy brown color with an moderate rocky off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Good caramel spicy aroma. Medium body with sticky texture. Medium sweet flavor with a spicy sweet finish of average duration. Very enjoyable brew
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ve had several Dark Horse beers lately, and have been fairly impressed by their offerings, and the smokey flavor of this beer makes it no exception.
Appearance is a hazy red-brown with abundant white head. Aroma is a sour oakiness. Flavor to me is like a smoked butterscotch with a bit of sourness at the finish. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky...the flavor of the beer lingers on the tongue quite awhile. Rather drinkable for this style.
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Styles, consumed on 3/2/07
The yeast/sediment is plastered to the bottom, and even while pouring all of the liquid, even the last few drops, the beer is still a clear amber-ruby with an off-white head that is large, yet fades to cover, with light lacing.
Really yeasty nose. Lots of phenols and esters. Tons of cinnamon, allspice, clove, nutmeg. That sort of thing. With black cherries and a strong cherry-vanilla maltiness. Light acidity and some breadiness are on the end, but the black pepper, vibrant cherry and vanilla really make it soft and lovely. I just looked at the commercial description and I couldnt agree more. Medium-high strength of aroma, with no alcohol apparency.
Dark cherries and light balsamic vinegar in the flavor keep things acidic and very dry, despite the strong caramel and toffee sweetness. Light alcohol warmth and lots of white and black pepper keep things very dry on the end. But the unfiltered body is extremely soft and sumptuous. Too much breadiness, ultimately, but I love the fruitiness and almost Abbey Dubbel-like maltiness/esters. Never would call this a scotch ale, but that’s ok. Peppery phenolics and light alcohol on the finish, with lots of cherry. Crazy stuff. As an addendum, about 20 minutes later, the phenolic and alcoholic quality are really dominating right now....not so great.