zizzybalubba (1535) - 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.
MattyKakes (101) - Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2013
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is like toast with brown sugar. The taste is roasted coffee; brown sugar , and oak. This is a nice sipping brew for the fall/winter season.
ScottWallace82 (73) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into a glass. Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown. Thin, fast dissipating head. Aroma of caramel and alcohol. Smooth, heavy mouthfeel. Tastes of peated malt, caramel, toffee, and touch of vanilla. A very warming and enjoyable wee heavy.
Darwenus (579) - 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 there’s a better beer here, but it is being diluted somehow before it gets to my glass.
TheBeerGod (5403) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Whole Foods Glen Allen. Mahogany pour with a short tan head. Aroma is chocolate, toasted malt, caramel and soft smoke. Taste is smoky malt, caramel, chocolate and sweet malt. Body is medium with a creamy carbonation and is slightly chewy. Ends with more caramel, smoky malt, light chocolate and soft cocoa.
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at State Line. Pours a deep rich mahogany color with a one finger light cream head, with heavy lace and light retention. Aroma has notes of caramel and toffee with a little bit of dark fruit presence. The taste follows with more of the caramel and toffee flavors. The dark fruits come out more in the finish along with some hop bitterness. Medium body, light carbonation, slightly creamy.
Ed5388 (2356) - 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.
DCLawyer (1617) - 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.
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap - @ RHP. Pours dark caramel brown, no real head. Aromas of roasted malts, slight caramel toast and toffee. Tastes of caramels nuts and malts, little bit of cocoa, finishing with but of bitterness. Ok.
radagast83 (5256) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Rustico Alexandria. Poured a dark orange, light copper color with a small white head. Aroma was sweet, caramel and toffee malts. Flavor was some toffee, caramel, touch of alcohol. Not usually a huge fan of Scotch ale, but I found this one was pretty enjoyable and well balanced, no harsh malt character here.