ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rated 4/3/13. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy dark brown color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade with a soft-looking creaminess to it. Retention is decent given the strength, and there’s a bit of lacing left behind, too.
S: Big caramel here unsurprisingly. There’s also an impressive dark fruit note here that I find enticing. Other notes of brown sugar, molasses, and toffee abound.
T: Strong tones of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar open the flavor profile up, with light smokiness and plum-like sweetness building up on the finish. The big problem isn’t what’s here...it’s what isn’t here. While most certainly well made, it lacks in interesting qualities that could have made it great; nor is it particularly complex. The alcohol is hidden superbly, though.
M: Relatively thick, rich, and sweet on the palate, appropriately for the style. Carbonation is only prevalent when allowed to focus on the tongue.
O: It’s pretty good, yeah, but it’s missing something - such as the vague stout-like qualities of Old Chub or the drinkable complexity of Dirty Bastard. As such, it’s hard to recommend over those two.
dambor (164) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark copper with small head, disappearing fast. Aroma: a malt bomb in the beginning, followed by some heavy white fruit aroma (grape juice/sirup), some hopps, raisins, a little earthy aroma. Taste: heavy malty sweetness, caramel, nice hoppy touch in the palate (together with some earthy taste). Nice interpretation of wee heavy.
leaparsons (8784) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark brown with a thin head. Aromas are weetabix and toffee with earthy oatmeal. Raisins with brown sugar and mellow lemon. Flavours are sweet toffee with earthy coffee and bonfire. Good.
Blade86 (888) - Wrocław, POLAND - JUN 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown, clear, small rather short-lasting beige foam; toasty aroma with caramel, nuts, some dried fruits and little bit of alcohol; medium+ bitterness, medium sweetness; full body, thick sticky feel, rather soft carbonation, long bittersweet finish with alcohol warmness;
Overall: decent sipper, well-hidden alcohol, no flaws
JDBaker11058 (1516) - Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2015
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Appearance: on opening, produces a dark clear reddish brown pour, topped by an overly aggressive (especially for the abv) foamy pillow of yellow head; something’s wrong. Aroma: apple cider vinegar, toasted oak, sour cherry, molasses, and caramel. Taste: sour balsamic vinegar, acetone, wet newspaper, oatmeal raisin cookie. Finish: caramel, toffee, molasses, hint of rum, lasting sharp sourness. Notes: Based on the near explosion when opening an erstwhile 9.75% beer, this must have been infected. Flavors seemed to bear that out. Disappointed, was looking forward to this. Will try again and re-rate a (hopefully) fresher bottle. This is also why I wish more brewers would make a born on date (or best by date) standard practice. 12oz bottle from Total Wine & More in Fairfax, Virginia (Pickett Center).
MarcoDL (2788) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Cloudy amber color, white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, vanilla and raisin. Taste of raisin, ripe fruit, malt, caramel and vanilla. Almost a barley wine. Nice beer.
alteregoo (277) - POLAND - MAY 27, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Piana drobno i średnio oczkowa, nieduża i szybko opadająca do obrączki, lekko opalizująca ciemno bursztynowa barwa. Zapach świetny - słodkie nuty akacji, syropu klonowego, miodu spadziowego, gruszki, rodzynek i daktyli a nad całością unosi się delikatna wędzonka leśnego ogniska i likierowy przyjemny alkohol. W smaku każda ta subtelność doskonale wyczuwalna, jest mniej słodko niż wskazywałby aromat, dochodzą lekkie dębowe posmaki, nieco whisky, karmelu... Goryczka niska, ziołowa, przyjemna. W afterteasie odrobina tytoniu, szkockiej i suszonych owoców. Nisko nagazowane, pełne i lepkie choć nie gęste w odczuciu, perfekcyjnie ukryty alkohol.
Piwo jest mocne, wyklejające, półsłodkie i wybitnie deserowe. Przypomina dobre angielskie Barley Wine z dodatkiem torfowego słodu.
androman (872) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at beertemple, amsterdam. Body is hazy brown, head is medium, creamy, beige, average lasting, excellent lacing. Nose is slightly roasty liqueurish, flavor is chocolate, dried fruits, roasted malt, vanilla, rotten wood, light spices. Medium sweet, medium to bitter. Finish is medium lasting chocolate roasty medium bittersweet, alcohol is well hidden. Full body, oily sticky texture, soft carbonation. Great dessert beer, quite easy, tasty.
Zwiebel88 (578) - GERMANY - MAY 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dunkelbraun, beiger Schaum. In der Nase Holz, Malznoten, Karamell, Toffee, Dörrobst, Eiche, sehr komplex. Am Gaumen Karamellsüße, leicht alkoholisch, Dörrobst, Hefenoten, Nuss, Eiche. Top.
smroush (117) - Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose reminds me of Apple cider. Malty, sweet, a bit of butterscotch. Some slightly toasty caramel. Not much hop aroma. Touches of bread, earth and leaves.
Color is a dark reddish brown. Very slight off-white head.
Taste is fairly sweet; very mild bitterness.
Medium body; texture is somewhat oily and slick; carbonation is just very slightly on the lively side. The finish is medium length, a bit sweet, bready with some butterscotch.
Overall a reasonable scotch ale. I like the variety of aromas and the cider like notes. But really lacking a hop presence; perhaps just not my favorite style.
TattooJack (267) - Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 4-pack of bottles, rich dark brown look with almost no collar. This is one of the best scotch ales I’ve tried. It has a smooth flavor with malt, but not sweet. It is strong (9.75%) but it’s only noticeable in the buzz not the taste. I like the name and the story, but I think the reason for the name is that after several of these it could lead one to believe they know karate, until they either pulled a groin muscle or get their ass kicked. Cheers, and be careful!