TimE (4149) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color. Very light malty, light smokey, cherries and earth, but lacking the body. Rounded. Nice, but not tons of complexity.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Jasper’s Corner Tap, SF. Dark copper to dark brown pour, very lively and well carbonated. Nose was deep caramel malts and a healthy dose of peat, with some smoke in there for good measure. Mouthfeel a bit odd, seeming watery at one moments and fullish the next. Taste was heavy on chocolate and cola, with peat and smoke more understated than in the nose. Decent.
IrishBoy (3960) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from my friend Tim at the Bistro IPA Fest, Nose is sweetness and caramel, with hints of smoke and chocolate. Clear cherry brown with a small tan head. Flavor is lightly smoky and lightly sweet, with caramel and bitter chocolate. Pretty good
hayduke (3775) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2012 Shared with Strykzone via Facebook Chat. Brown, small beige head. Good lacing. Nose of mostly chocolate with some peat showing smoke and floral citrus shows up as it warmed. Medium body. Fizzy mouthfeel with alcohol. Flavor is chocolate. Finish malty with a touch of hops. So what is the verdict? Started out slow with mostly chocolate, but as it warmed smoke, peat, and some floral and citrus hops appeared. After warning about 3-4 degrees it was a deceit beer.
nickd717 (3671) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at The Counter in Palo Alto. Pretty average for the style. Deep dark brown color with a small tan head. Sweet malt dominates the aroma, some roastiness. Flavor is really malty with caramel and a little smoke. Pretty average palate for the style - medium-to-full body.
gam (3636) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium head dark brown pour weak carbonation aromas nutty toffee sugary touch syrup the flavours are sweet brown sugar a syrup taste nutty very pleasant caramel which is slightly rich well put together ale nice sweetness the finish best tastes lasting syrupy touch nice richness toffee caramel good alround sweetness on the palate nothing special but good to drink
DYCSoccer17 (3498) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma is a bit metallic, with some caramelized maltiness and peated notes, too. Lightly musty. A pretty solid aroma. Mostly transparent cola-colored body with a medium to small light tan head. Starts quite carbonated. Becomes roasted and toasted with some cereal flavors in the middle. Light chocolate flavors come through after that, which is then tailed by some peated malt character. This is pretty damn roasted and chewy. I like scotch ales, and I think they did a good job with this one. Just a little too carbonated, but otherwise quite solid.
Frank (3469) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red brown w/ a small white head. Roasty nose and flavor. Very mild w/ a big, malty taste. Drinkable w/ mild carbonation and not too sweet.
alexanderj (3423) - Branson, Missouri, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; a very dark brown with an auburn tint. Aroma of smoke, caramel, dark fruit, earth and chocolate. Reminiscent of a barley wine aroma. Solid smoky flavor throughout, with a good dose of sweet fruit. Solid beer, with a very nice aroma.
Blairgus (3389) - California, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2011 20 nov 2011, tap. Really dark ruby. Nose is def strong coffee grounds. Def not what I think of with a scotch ale. Med body and fizzy. Soft sugary chocolate ovaltine, slightly meaty, lots of coffee. Actually nice, but I’d never call this a Scottish ale. More of a slightly sweet, meaty, coffee stout.