Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours a mahogany brown body with a reddish tint to it. Finger-width, brownish beige, creamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves a good amount of sticky lacing. Aroma has barley wine style sweet fruity toffees with a nice earthy hop blend. Some deeper caramels, berries, prunes, citrus, a touch of roast, a just a hint of sweet scotchy booze. Flavor is sweet, malty caramels and more fruity toffees. Citrusy, berry, and pruney earthy bitterness goes nicely with the malts. A touch of smokey roast towards the finish as well as a sweet booze keeping this similar to a barley wine. Finishes semi-dry with a moderate duration of everything. Full bodied with a really nice, rounded sweetness and balancing hops/roasty smoke. Overall, a very tasty beer. I like the barley wine qualities a lot in this one. Solid stuff.
beernovice39 (3234) - Montana, USA - JUL 29, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours copperry red with little to no head. Smells light citrus. Stunning complex flavor, hops are blended well and not overpowering. First scotch ale for me and will not be the last!
thorongil2 (1546) - , Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle) clear reddish brown colour; virtually no head; aroma of mats, molasses, fruit; taste of malts, bit of alcohol; light initial sweet tones giving way to a moderately bitter finish
brigg (534) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle) Dark chestnut brown ale with disappearing tan head. Aroma of crystallized malt sugars, strong ripe berries. Flavor is sweet, roasted malt, caramel, nuts; earthy, fruity but not so much as the aroma. Medium to full bodied, sticky.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JUL 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear mahogany pour with a small beige cap. Aroma of toffee, maple syrup, earthy hops and a hint of roast. Taste mirrors aroma but with an added smoky note and some nuttiness. One of my favorite American brewed Scotch ales.
Shakesbeere (217) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A ruby red pour. Aroma of caramel malt and fresh bread with a hint of deep fruit. Flavor is similar: bready and caramel malt but with some toffee character. Finish is very alcoholic. Very tasty.
phaleslu (7363) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Ludlow Wines in Cincinnati. Pours deep red with medium light tan head that fades and laces the glass. Medium body. Aroma of malt, hops, toffee, smoke. Flavor is more of the same, but also has some sweetness and fruit to go along with the smoky malt and hops. The alcohol lingers on the palate for a potent, bitter finish.
Cavie (4005) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of ericandersnavy. Clear ruby pour. Aged aroma notes with a strong amount of alcohol. Caramel elements as well. Pretty solid taste. Bready and sweet that tingles over the tongue. Leaves a dryness that does not disappoint.
jb (2434) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Soon as I started pouring this I knew I was in for a treat. Poured out really thick and really hazy, and brown tinged orange with a thick tan head. Fastly faded though. A bit sour in the nose, very fruity and malty. Palate is smoky, and a bit gritty from the hops. Lots of toffee, caramel, that sort of thing. Lots going on in the nose and the palate. This one will take some more tastings to really appreciate. Thanks for the trade Zach! And so glad now that you threw in a few extras!
BVery (7606) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2012 BOTTLE: dark red/brown pour, aroma of smoke, maybe some caramel. Taste is terrific - lots of sweet caramel, just a touch of hop.