john_henry (102) - - DEC 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dangerously drinkable, but somewhat thin in comparison to other ’wee heavy’s’ I’ve had. The roast/chocolate malts are a little too noticeable for me. Very clean, probably down to American ale yeast. I would certainly try this again though, and would very much like to see it on cask... Overall a very clean American take on a wee heavy.
nakedwhendrunk (2095) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - SEP 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanx Dara for the can.
This was poured into a thistle.
The appearance was a dark red to brown color with a one and a half finger white foamy head. The lacing was there as it speckled and slid around in a messy sort of way.
The smell had a light bready sort of yeasty roastiness that came through slightly like a biscuit.
The taste took those flavors and added a nice caramel and toffee-ness rolling all around and added a nice element of smoke at the end.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a slight sessionability about it. As it warms, a nice creamy sort of delicate soothing nakedness strolls across my tongue.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good Scotch I could bang again.
Darkmagus82 (1234) - - SEP 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 7-1-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a dark amber color with hints of red and a decent two finger white head. The head fades rather fast leaving a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is largely of a bready malt aroma, being a mix of toasted bread and a more biscuit like smell. Along with these aromas is a moderate sweetness consisting of caramel and toffee with the overall aroma being rounded out with some lighter smoke smells and a bit of alcohol.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet and bready flavor of caramel and bread. As the flavors advances notes of smoke and some darker roasted malt and darker fruit flavors creep their way onto the scene. Soon after a little bit of peaty and a woody flavor enter the taste along with a light cocoa flavor. A boozy taste joins the crowd of tastes at the end producing a sweet, medium roasted and warming flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the just above medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. A slight increase in thickness may have been even better for the blend of light smoke and sweet, but the carbonation was rather nice for the both. Overall the feel was quite good.
Overall – A pretty average scotch ale but with some nicer qualities of smoke and a bit of booziness that step it up a bit. It is a rather enjoyable drink overall.
DougHnut70 (64) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a pint glass from a growler straight from the brewery via the Roachman (thanks Aaron!). Pours brown/black with a tan head. Smell is slight and sweet. Tastes of earthiness, coffee/toffee, chocolate/cacao, caramel, a nice sweet maltiness there. It is thin with light carbonation. This would be I would drink instead of a Guinness when I make the ol’ black and tans. No alcohol taste even at 7.4. Very good fall/winter brew - stop by the brewery if ever around San Carlos for a growler to go.
hopdog (8933) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint can. Poured a dark brown color with a tan head. Earthy, soil, burnt malts, and some fruitiness. Caramel and chocolate in there too.
Travlr (11812) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can at Antenna America in Yokohama courtesy of Unm4rk3d, thanks Julio! Dark clear brown color, thick tan head. Aroma of sweet coffee grounds. Taste is very roasty sweetened caffe au lait.
wvhoran (239) - Tasmania, - JUL 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can with James and Dad. Clear dark brown with a creamy beige head. The aroma is caramel, nutty, biscuity, peat, cocoa, a little fruity but not the fruitiest of scotch ales. The aroma is reminiscent of my sleeping bag, in which a can of this (which was destined for my first tasting) imploded while hiking the Overland Track. Anyway, the flavour has plenty of malty notes, caramel and toffee, it is fairly sweet but actually has a good balance.
Derek881 (1006) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a tall can into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a deep brown-copper color with a dark red hue and an average-sized foamy-creamy dark white head that had shorter retention, but good lacing and cling. Its aroma had a roasty caramel, chocolate and toffee malt character, with some floral, earthy, and grainy hops blended with it. The taste was a mostly sweet blend of toffee and chocolate, along with a bit of caramel, and a lighter grainy bitterness present too. A fairly wet and smooth, watery beer with a good, thickish mouthfeel and average carbonation with a bubbly finish.
Clarkdvm (118) - Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can- distinct. Smokey aroma and flavor for a scotch ale. Didn’t know peat moss could taste good. Best scotch ale. in a can- figure has little competition!
haukur (1305) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - APR 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
can via trade with duffman! thanks! A very dark pour, almost white head. Aroma is all malt with some faint dried fruits and hops. Medium bodied. Tiny hints of tobacco, sweet finish. Standard scotch ale and almost nostalgic. Nice
fluffy (1664) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2014
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
A perfectly above average scotch ale. Definitely one of the better I've had.
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