Blairgus (2551) - 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.
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Small Brewers Festival. A hazy brown color with a laced tan head. Smooth, oily, dry, and good malt character.
pintbypint (2541) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
473ml can. In the glass the beer is dark brown with orange edges, it has a full light brown cap. The nose presents some smoky notes and some dryish chocolate. Taste has chocolate malts and is dryish with light smoke notes. The finish has grainy notes, bit of chocolate, smoky wood. Average carbonation, the body is medium. Sadly lighter in flavour than the nose would suggest, I was hoping for more smoke and dark malt. An ok scotch ale, quite quaffable for a 7.4% brew. I’m finding most of these Devil’s Canyon beers to be a bit underwhelming.
mjg74 (2490) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can from Casa De Oro. Roasted malty nose. Very rich and roast flavors. Smooth and peaty. Full flavored with a dash of smoke. Tasty brew.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the Cypress in Santa Cruz. Dark brown with a small tan head that laces. Caramel, peat, smoke aroma. Chocolate malty flavor with earthy, herbal hop balance and a decent smoke element. Pretty rich, but not cloying, and the mouth-feel is clean and smooth. Pretty nice. Not sure what the strength was, but packed plenty of good flavors.
culchiem (2408) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from SED. Clear dark brown with a thin head. Aroma is dark fruit malt, roast caramel. Flavour is toasted almost smoked, malt, caramel and grape. Finish is dry smoked.
hawthorne00 (2351) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can. Clear dark brown with a modest beige head that nevev quite disappears. Aroma of toffee, toast, prunes, mild spices, a whiff of smoke. Taste is sweet with dried and stewed fruits, toffee, pepper, burnt toast. No real depth in the malty flavours, which at 7%+ makes me wonder. A bit astringent as well as peppery at the end.
ALLOVATE (2336) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 6, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
At just on cool and into a shallow chalice. Still, lifeless and headless in the glass. The body a deepest, darkest ruby and shimmering when held up to the lights. Smoked kippers and smoked bacon dominate the nose with a peaty, nutty, chocolate and toffee malt edge. Doughy, nutty and cloyingly sweet with a lot of toffee and peated malt. Not altogether a unified piece of work. Gammy aftertaste. Alcohol is well masked and yet I wish it wasn’t. Lacks greatly in the old balance department. Doesn’t work for me at all! (16fl.Oz., no date stamp, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 5, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(draught) deep brown with small tan head. Aroma of malt and earth. Flavor is sweetish roast malt. A bit of hops in the finish.
jonno (2231) - JAPAN - APR 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bready, big toffee apple flavors, some burnt matches and caramel. Not as fat and sticky as you would like. Straight forward mini malt monster.