Theydon_Bois (8081) - The ’Sham, Surrey, - NOV 13, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle on Amtrak Train 27 - The Empire Builder ( from Binny’s South Loop) - 05/11/12.
Murky mid brown with a thin off white head that soon clears to a small pond and the edge of the glass.
Nose comprises malt, syrup, toffee and a little paint fumes.
Taste follows nose, a touch of plastic, best element of this beer is that the 9.5% alcohol is pretty well disguised.
As with other DDC beers I’ve had - largely a let down, all hype no delivery!
arondee (557) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark blackish brown with 0 head. It almost looks like a very dark. There’s a decent amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Aroma is sweet candied sugar, maple, and caramel. The taste is huge malty sweetness and alcohol, followed by an aftertaste of maple syrup. This is a big, thick, beer and I don’t think I could have more than 1 bottle.
Sarlacc83 (702) - Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Dark mahogany worthy of Ron Burgundy. Off-white head. Good lacing.
N: Smoke, toffee, caramel, maple syrup, some oxidation, charcoal, plenty of bready malts, and bubble gum.
T: Smoke and big Scotch sweetness.
M: Thick and sticky. Moderate carb levels are appropriate for the style and heft.
O: Maple adds a nice element to this one. I always want to like the beer more than I do, however, especially as Peche Mortel is one of my favorite beers out there.
Weezel (186) - Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow this thing has all kinds of aromas. Vanilla, cherries, wood and the maple syrup shine beautifully. Pours a musty brown with little flakes of sediment. Taste tightly composed with more cherries, sweet malt, maple, toffee and leather. Not much in the way of the classic peat from a Scotch ale, but that is a good thing in my opinion. Wonderfully balanced and full flavored. Another great beer from this brewery.
degbert (1099) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy brown with extremely rich red highlights and a smooth, lacy cream-cinnamon head. Nose is maple sugar candy, vanilla, toast, warm wood, earth, and mushrooms -- a real mingling of aromas. Dry and rich on the tongue, with the earthy mushroomy substantialness predominant; the maple echoes its way in towards the back of the mouth, not as sweetness but as more of an aromatic note, adding a subtle roundness to the roasty coffee and black tea elements. Finish is long, a little boozy, and silky, with that maple ghost continuing to hang around and tie the whole package together. Pretty darn amazing.
wlajwl (3798) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is malts, toffee, Scotch ale yeast and a hint of the maple syrup. The flavor is maple syrup, malts, fruit and a medium sweetness in the finish.
UXO (163) - CANADA - MAY 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky brown with a short tan head diminishing rapidly to nothing, no lacing. Nose is distinctly maple, dark fruits, and candy sugar, with a distinct alcohol edge. Taste is maple, brown sugar, and figs, with a distinct alcohol warming. Mouth feel is slick and heavy, with low carbonation.
Not a big fan of Wee Heavies, but this one’s pretty good. The maple flavour works well, and though it’s one the heavy side, the sweetness isn’t cloying. The ABV’s not well hidden, though, giving the ale an abrasive edge that doesn’t unreservedly work.
Chudwick (2072) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I just lost my rating so here is the short version: malty, sweet, wood, light stickiness, light bitter finish. good beer, not so good scotch ale.
Bacterial (1501) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown reddish pour at Prohibition Pig. Light tan head that disappears pretty quickly. Slight peaty and roasted malt nose. Really nice taste, complex with a subtle maple finish that intensifies and lingers.
NeuroPliny (143) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 355 cc bottle into a stem glass. Pours dark reddish brown with a tan head leaving generous lace. Aroma is dark dried fruit, brown sugar, caramel apple, maple syrup, and malts. Flavour is complex dark malts, scotch ale, subtle maple and molasses. Very well balanced. I was scared the maple syrup might be too dominating but this is not the case. Great combination.
fhoublon (316) - Lachine, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bouteille de 341 ml achetée au Dépanneur Grand Duc à Longueuil au coût de $3.29. Dégustée le 21 juin 2010 (thistle). Bière brune foncée trouble. Mousse peu, col mince et éphémère, beige foncé. Très effervescente, grosses bulles. Odeur de brûlé. Très douce au départ, très sucrée, assez amère. Saveur de sirop d’érable bien présente mais pas trop marquée, alcool ressort en finale. Au départ, goût un peu boisé (scotch/brandy) et vanille, fruits secs (pruneaux). Très bien équilibrée, pas trop sirupeuse, assez complexe. Très bon dosage de sirop d’érable, ce qui n’est pas évident. Goût sec en finale sans que ce soit désagréable.