Beerio (48) - USA - JAN 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2007 I was a little disappointed by this Scotch Ale. I am generally an advocate of this style. It is unfortunate that they are few in variety for the most part, as not many Scotch Ales are distributed in Rhode Island. However, this beer all caramel malt, with a sheer whiskey mouthfeel. The bourbon taste is all well and good, but there is a very weak hop balance that makes this brew one dimensional...Old Chubb is much better.
jimvy (131) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - JAN 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a copper brown with ruby notes; white-tan head is creamy and signifcantly lasting considering the ABV. Aroma is dominated by maltiness, with some sweetness evident. Smokiness is there along with some roast. Flavor is more of the same....sweet, heavy malt, some smoke, hops balance, with a touch of lingering bitterness. Really good balance. Medium-full body, hints of alcohol warmth. Overall, not one of my favorite styles, but this is really a solid beer....highly recommend for scottish beer fans.
Ibrew2or3 (6208) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a shiny ruby to amber color with thin tan head. Aroma is a bit weak with sweet sweet malt and a slight roastiness. The flavor starts off with some hop bitterness and slight roasted maltiness. Then deeper roasted malt sweetness, sort of molasses, and a bit of dark fruit come out of hiding. Tough to pin down the flavor any more than that. Maybe there is a touch of brown sugar in there too. I also get a slight sense of the ABV. This beer really begins to shine when it is the third or fourth beer being consumed. The malts, hops and slight Barleywine taste really hits the spot.
tjthresh (1863) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a mahogony red/brown with a dense multi toned brown head. Aromas of caramel and toffee, along with some smoke and molasses. Rich malty flavor. lightly peated. Milk chocolaty caramels. Huge palate.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of wheninhell. Mahogany with a thin light brown head. Toasty, roasty malt nose, some molasses. Sweet malty flavor, peaty, very mild on the alcohol. Nice scotch ale!
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2007 Bottle. Dark brown in color with no head and minimal carbonation. Malty and rich aroma. The taste was of figs, maple sugar,and caramel malty. Very good beer. Chewy smooth texture that ends with a bitter/sweet finish.
nihar (68) - Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark rust colored beer... smells like smoked chocolate... also tastes very malty with hint of smoke....
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Did the guy before me seriously rate this brew 1.5? I think the average 3.7 is low. This is a marvelous beer. Deep crimson color with an beautiful tan head. Intense natural, smoky aroma. Thick, perfectly balanced mouthfeel -creamy. A great malty blend with a hoppy kick. A very solid Ale and a must try. My full rec.
GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2006
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Deep brown with ruby notes, significant amount of yeast even with a careful pour. Looks like hot and sour soup. Aroma is rich with malt and smoke. Flavor is liquid smoke with some roastiness and thin malt in the background. Body on the thin side for the style. This is one of my favorite beer styles, and I find this beer to be significantly lacking particularly from such a great brewery. Yuk!
ogglethorp (916) - Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Pours a clear orange-amber color with a smallish yellow-tan colored head. Aroma is malt, fruit, caramel. Flavor is dried fruit, malt, caramel, alcohol. Palate is medium-full, medium carbonation, bitter, warm finish. Grrreat!