strongpieman (1322) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear, copper colored beer with no head. A little syrupy with some sweetness and rusty flavors but good for style overall. Higher alcohol makes it a little warming as well.
Ed5388 (1262) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown/mahogany color with a nice tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel, oak, and mild fruitiness. Taste has a mild sweetness, a hint of fruit in the background, and some oak and vanilla notes.
zizzybalubba (1258) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Virginia Beach, VA (listed as 8% ABV on the label). Pours light brown with minimal head and shows reddish-orange highlights in the glass. Aroma of graham cracker, chocolate, and light floral hops. The flavor contains the malty sweetness I expect from this style, has undercurrents of chocolate, yet there is just enough citrus and floral hop flavor to keep this from becoming too cloying. The alcohol content is perfect letting you know it is there but certainly not overdone. I have had beers in this category that I like better but none that represented the style more perfectly.
DCLawyer (1168) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft->shaker. Dark brown with small offwhite head. Caramel malt dominates. Decent, but unremarkable.
hershiser2 (1147) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
$1.90 Bottle, Wine Warehouse, CHO. Pours clear brown with a small off-white head. Smslls of copper and grass. Taste is booze, funk, grass. Finishes with a strong coppery/caramel malt.
snoworsummer (1048) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
With Tim. Brought back in a growler from the brewery. Sweet, malty, and good. Delicious even when uncarbonated.
RABinVA (996) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at VA cheer & beer. Typically not a scotch ale fan, but this is a great example of the style. Pours ruby with a little pillow of cream head. Very balanced sweet, bitter, and malty taste.
KUEric (867) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good beer, not great. Malt backbone, nice cover art, on the bottle, finishes sweet but not cloyingly fans or anything.
jrodooo5 (700) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mmm, slightly thick and loaded with caramel flavor. Deep red pour without a head and virtually no lacing. The aroma is quite sweet and tempting. The taste is clean and so smooth at 8%. Iím a huge scotch ale fan and this doesnít disappoint!
Darwenus (451) - Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good, but a little short of great. Dark red color with very little, quick fading head. Roasted malt in the aroma, with some vanilla and something like roses. The sweet, smokey notes in the flavor are nice. A little hint of apricot, too. But it tastes watered down. I get the sense that thereís a better beer here, but it is being diluted somehow before it gets to my glass.