zathrus13 (1685) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown, with no head. Aroma is dark fruit, raisins, malt, and brown sugar. Flavor is dark fruit, raisins, nuts, malt, and toffee. Alcohol is very well hidden. Not much carbonation. Thanks to Brock Landers for this one.
ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Unsure of the age on the bottle, but I drank it on 7/11/07. Obviously 2004 or earlier. Bonus from Stoutlover72, I believe. Thanks!
Didnt realize this stuff was old when I had it, and I sure as hell couldnt tell. A triumphant tan head tops a clear, auburn-mahogany body. Retention and lacing are moderate to strong.
No sign of oxidation or alcohol or anything particularly undesirable in the nose. Still fresh and nutty, with hazelnuts, brown sugar, light melanoidins and a touch of soft smokiness all producing a grand complexity. Oily tobacco notes pepper the finish and some sweet toffee emerges with warming, further developing the complexity and giving more depth to the malts. No flaws.
I definitely sensed it in the nose, and it’s even more obvious in the flavor, but this isnt a typical scotch ale. More a mix of a brown ale, scotch ale and stout, with much more roastiness than you’d find in a scotch ale, sweeter chocolate and caramel malts and lacking the strong breadiness and melanoidin-like dryness on the finish. Alcohol is never felt, texture is smooth, not really creamy but not oily or hard either. Still ample carbonation creating a strong drinkability. A bit of nutttiness/blandness creeps in on the finish, but its minimal. Impressive for its age.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz - 2004 bottle - thanks aspidites - Strong aroma of caramel, raisin, toffee, hazelnut and molasses. Pours dark brown with red tints, a ring head and decent lacing. Flavor is milder than the aroma but still very flavorful. Sweet molasses and caramel that starts to get leathery as it hits room temp. Alcohol is barely noticable. Palate is sticky and sweet. A very tasty scotch ale.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a brown color with a little off white head. Smokey caramel aroma with a hint of alcohol. Flavor is dark smoky malts with some alcohol.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
DRAKES KICKS ASS! I don’t know the date of this beer but considering the last rating is Oct. 2006 and it says retired I assume there is some age on it. Poured a clear golden brown color with a minimal head. the aroma was sweet and malty with light peaty notes. Light aged malt character. Semi-sweet flavor with malty and light peat notes. mild bitterness on the finish. Alcohol is so hidden. I want more of this.
Pailhead (4381) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; Courtesy of lunaticharness. Malty aroma of chocolate, caramel and some oxidation. Pours a reddish-brown with minimal transparency and a small off-white head. Starts with a nice dose of caramel and chocolate. Noticeable oxidation is a positive. Finishes with some muted hops and a touch of sourness.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 16, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Aroma of oak. Wonderful peat/malt flavor in the back of the throat w/ a woody finish. A damn good beer. I don’t think Rodger brews a bad beer.
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - OCT 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a blackish brown with a tiny tan head. Smells of Knob Creek Bourbon, coffee, roasted malts, raisins, and dark bitersweet chocolate. Tastes of dark fruit, molasses, coffee, chocolate, and of course bourbon. Thick oily mouthfeel that goes down nice and smooth. Great beer, really goes down without a hint that it might be at 9% ABV.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle via trade with alanC - Thanks Alan - Pours dark brown with a little tan head that settles to a ring and laces well. Aroma is of bourbon, dark, fruits, some chocolate, caramel, and peat.. Flavor is caramel, raisin, plum, bourbon, a bit of vanilla, and some more of that peat. Smooth and easy sipping on the palate. Mine said 9% alcohol on the bottle.. You’ll have trouble finding any of that... Full bodied. Very nice brew. This was great!
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - AUG 5, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Pours dark brown with no head. Fantastic Aroma! I smell whiskey, Brandy, dark fruits, malt and sweetness. Caramel flavors with notes of raisins and plums. This one’s more aout the malt, as it should be. Very little carbonation. Finishes quickly. Damn, Rodger, this rocks!