flatmatt (1104) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours dark red brown with lots of tan foam and a bit of debris. Aroma is sweet, raisin or grape, caramel, bready. Flavor is sweet caramel, raisiny, a bit of dark chocolate, with a little pleasant alcohol bite. A very nice and interesting beer. Flavor seems slightly out of balance, which is what stops this beer from hitting the 4.0 mark for me.
That1Guy (1895) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sexy name. Sexy color. Sexy brew. Molasses up front, but a dry hoppy finish balances this beautifully. Havenít had much luck with Scotch Ales in the past, but this one rocks.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Canalís in Princeton. Pours a clear deep mahogany with a relatively small medium beige head. Aroma of toffee, cocoa and malt. Similar flavors with some caramel, vanilla and just a touch of smoke. Watery and flat texture and not much of a finish. Maybe Iím being a little harsh on this one - itís a good beer, well-balanced and drinkable but I was expecting something special (and Iím still longing for another Three Floyds Robert The Bruce).
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
RateBeer rating: 94
Calories: estimated at 175 C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: thistle, shaker
Purchased at: Canalís Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks, Mike!)
Consumed at: home
Tanka: Chocolate surprise
mellow red white wisps
deep cocoa and caramel
long bitter and burnt
chocolate on whole wheat toast
when can I have another?
aroma 10 out of 10
visuals 4 out of 5
taste 10 out of 10
palate 5 out of 5
overall 18 out of 20
tarc (47) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mild hop and malt aroma. Clean dark brown with a slight red tint. Very little tan head. A very good Scothch ale with just a tad more hop than I prefer.
urraca (44) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally in NJ. Bottle.
Pours a dark, red that looks like a cedar water in a creek. Can definitely get a whiff of alcohol by the smell. Surprisingly smooth drinking (but felt heavy), with some very sweet notes. Finish can get a bit edgy for my tastes.
Brigadier (2935) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
!2 oz bottle
Coupled with the main course was this release. After a few starters it was hard to get through this one. Despite taking it easy a beer this heavy can sink in the stomach. I would love to try it again on its own and on a fairly empty stomach to fully appreciate it. This is a solid beer instead of just one with a earcatching name.
Aroma / Appearance - The deep ruby red body swirled around the glass leaving a slight layer of film along the sides. Black cherries, peat, wet earth and dark malts formed a thick grouping that almost choked the senses. While not the richest beer I could have spent plenty of time admiring it.
Flavor / Palate - A slight bitterness washes along with warmth and chocolately tones. Peat and earth come next. The dry finish leaves one refreshed and full. A little heavy for a warm day this might be nice on a cool fall evening.
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Circa 6/6/08. I donít see this beer as red or ruby at all, I held it up to the light and got a pure brown for sure. A beautiful brown, but not the scarlet red of a porter in front of a light bulb.
Definitely can taste the heat of the alcohol, some smoke and peat, would make a perfect chaser for a big snifter of Lagavulin 16.
djones (121) - Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2008 12oz bottle. Weak tan head that dicipated rather quickly. Deep ruby amber red when held up to the light, though more like motor oil sitting in my glass. Almost as thick as oil too. Malty and earthy aroma, as is the taste. Very rich and thick feel, with high toasted and roasted flavors with caramel sweetening the hops. Iím not a big fan of scotish ales, too thick and gooey for me.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A heavy dark chocolate colored beer, with a light brown head.very rich and a creamy mouthfeel. This beer had a whiskey taste in the finish. Lots of sweet malted flavors.