DrnkMcDermott (2922) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Already traded one of my four-pack away, so I’d better stop hoardin’ and start enjoyin’. Pours a thick dark brown into my glass. No foam action at first, then a light stout-type layer develops. Smell is sweet at first, fully malty, and then a bit yeasty (bottle conditioned, I see) and builds a big note of smoke. First taste brings home the touch of Bamberg smoke. Well-laden with darker malts, thick but not too sweet. Complex and slightly amped hop load keep everything in check. I’d think storing this too long might let it get phenolic; better enjoy it this year rather than stash it away until your wife gets it in your divorce settlement (quoting Jack Black in "The Simpsons"). Bought at <a href=http://ratebeer.com/Place/wisconsin/kenosha/w in Kenosha, WI.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark Horse does a great job with getting me to buy their products. As usual, they make even a style I don’t care for interesting. Scotty Karate is a nice turn on the scottish ale style. Pours amberish, with a thick head and good lacing. Aroma is thick with flowers, almost like a potourii. Hints of carmel and candy. Texture is very thick. The flavor, while good, is slightly bland when compared to how evident the alcohol is, and it leaves behind a sticky sweet aftertaste. Very candyish. This is one that I enjoyed, was glad I tried, but probably wouldn’t get again.
jrob21 (2971) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Word to eithcubes for sending this one. Pours a murky brown color that is not very appetizing. Luckily the taste of this bad boy is a little more entertaining. Big malt flavors with a full body and slight chalky sort of texture. Aroma of strawberry and other red fruit. Almost a whiskey sort of oak aging aspect to this one. Getting some vanilla, nut, and wood. Pretty complex and one of the more entertaining scotch/scottish ales I’ve had.
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I absolutely love this scotch ale. Darkhorse knows how to make dark beers that are not porters or stouts. Lots of alcohol infused power driven by caramel and more caramel maltiness. Solid beer.
jstraw (1946) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In bottle at Jerry’s. Mahogany with good, creamy beige head / Sweet, caramel and dark fruit nose / Full, thick, winey body with some chewy hops, long finish and big alcohol kick / Flavors of raisins, port, nuts, smoke, cloves, and orange peel / Close to a monster - smokey barleywine.
jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very hazy murky brown color with some carbonation leading to a good, creamy tan head. Muted aromas of Caramel and sweet malts with hints of yeast. Disappointed at the subtlty of the aroma. Sweet caramel flavor with dark fruits and an extremely well balanced citrus hoppiness and roasted malts in the finish. Not an overly sweet Scottish with the hops balancing very well. This beer is so smooth to drink. The unexpected hoppiness leaves you wanting more.
Serving type: on-tap
IrishBoy (3967) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from tytoanderso, nose is caramel, dark fruitiness, smokiness, and light vanilla; cloudy brown with a small beige head; flavor has crabapples, a cherry note, and caramel malt!
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured deep amber with a tan head into an English pint. Aroma - Sweet dark fruit and bourbon. Taste was smokey, malt and caramel with a touch of sour cherry and bourbon. Fairly boozey. Great for a cold January night in Minnesota.
DietPepsican (1546) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark ruby, near black with a thin off white head. Caramel and fruit in the nose. Flavor is smoke, apple, caramel, spices, chocolate, peat, coffee...hmmm. Finishes sweet tasty. Little carbonation. Very interesting and good.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Real good scottish ale. High alcohol but fairly well hidden. Tastes of butter, carmel, malt, and alcohol. One of the better Scottish ales I have had. Would perhaps buy again. Definitely not bad and not too expensive either. ($7.99 for a 4-pack) Solid beer.