kidobutai (560) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a tap at the Yard House Virginia Beach. Even after carried from the bar it had a decent head remaining. Lacing stays forever. The aroma is alluring, like youíre about to do shots of bourbon. Smooth going down like bourbon too.
EyeAmBaldman (442) - Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2015
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a translucent mahogany from the tap with a thick off white head. Aroma is straight caramel, which drew me in. Love the smell of this beer. Smells like maple syrup in there as well. Carbonation is high, burns the throat as it goes down. Bourbon is lighter than expected on the tongue and dissipates quickly. Seems to be some scotch flavor there on the backend. I didnít care for the Dirty Bastard but this is really good. Itís rich, like caramel amd bourbon melded together. Such a good beer, why did I wait so long to try this?
SteveOrz85 (137) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2015
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from 12 oz glass into tulip. Three finger off white head thins a small ring leaving heavy lacing. Beer is dark in color and appears almost black except when held in front of light when it is a mahogany. Aroma is butterscotch and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and lightly bitter with notes of peat and butterscotch. This is a medium bodied beer with creamy texture and soft carbonation. A long velvety smooth finish. Great beer. Hope I can get my hands on some more.
mghj (36) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2015 Poured, dark reddish brown with a thin white head, from 12oz bottle into a glass. Aroma of slight alcohol and butterscotch. Taste of caramel and cherries with a taste of whiskey towards the end. Very nice beer, easy to drink, hides the abv very well.
Zeswaft (1505) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with real smooth and fine white head. Aroma is stong bourbon and not a whole lot more. Flavor is upfront whiskey and butterscotch. Smooth transition from front to back with a medium booze burn on the finish. Complex but a sipper for sure.
TH28 (285) - - NOV 7, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Vertical comparison of 2014 and 2015 versions. Both in bottle. 2014 bottle date - 10/7/14. 2015 bottle date - 9/26/15.
Appearance: Both a deep amber red/ brown, with minimal khaki foam head. 2015 version is almost perfectly clear, while the 2014 is noticeably murky and cloudy.
Aroma: 2014: Rich oak and cherry dominate, with smoky tobacco and a touch of vanilla. 2015: A strong woody oak aroma with high vanilla and smoky notes. The cherry and tobacco notes picked up on the aged 2014 not present in the fresh 2015 version.
Taste: 2014: Rich maltiness with strong cherrywood flavor, giving way to a distinct coconut and vanilla. Bitterness barely there. 2015: A strong punch of fresh oak wood and vanilla, with those flavors much stronger than the 2014 version. Fresh version has not developed the dark fruit/cherry flavors found in the 2014 version.
Mouthfeel: 2014: Medium body with light creaminess and low carbonation and a touch of alcohol warmth. 2015: Medium body with a more syrupy character than 2014. Missing 2014 creaminess. Carbonation low, with a similar alcohol warmth.
Finish: 2014: Leaves a malty finish with lingering cherry and coconut. 2015: Very malty on the finish with a lingering vanilla bean flavor.
Overall: Canít go wrong with either, both are amazing, but I prefer the 2014 aged version to the fresh 2015. 2014 has developed a softer melding of all the rich scotch ale and oak barrel flavors, with the development of dark fruit, cherry, coconut, and tobacco notes not found in the 2015. 2015 has a much sharper taste profile with fresh woody and strong vanilla that are present but subdued in the 2014 version. My advice, this is beer that is definitely better with some age on it.
katrinaez (781) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick and sweet. Heavy booze flavor. Lots of overly ripe dark fruits. Red brown color. Caramel and toffee notes. Tap
StilleStorm (1217) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
DAA; Bottle 355 ml. Drunk at Cardinal. Pours small to moderate, hazy dark brown with a frothy creamy, lacing and lasting tan head. Nose is moderate to heavy, roasted, smoked malt and whiskey barrel, moderate caramell bread, light dried dark fruit and spice. Taste is moderate sweet and bitter with a lasting sweet malt and alchole finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily to creamy, carbonation is soft.
maltman53 (442) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - NOV 6, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours mahogany color with tan, creamy head. Lovely, warm smells of single malt scotch, oaky bourbon barrels, smoke, sweet caramel and roasted malts, with an earthy, vanilla, cherry finish. Overall, another stellar example of a brewery nailing the Scottish Ale style.
skmikeg (1472) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown-black with a one finger tan head with excellent lacing. Aroma is of butterscotch, raisins, oak, sweet malts, scotch, smoke, caramel malts, cherries, coconut, earthy spices, and maybe some light booze has it warms. Taste is scotch whiskey, bourbon, dark fruits (mainly raisins), butterscotch, vanilla, cherries, oak, and some light booze. Has a medium-full body with a creamy, slightly oily mouthfeel, and a slightly bitter, slightly warming, long, lingering finish. Overall,a fantastic scotch ale that has a tons of nice barrel aged notes.