sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a ruddy brown with a thin, quickly dissipating cream head. Aroma is peat, caramelized sugar, and dark roasted malt. Flavor is light and citrusy, like the first icy lemonade of summer. No, not really. More like the concentrated essence of a wood paneled den full of leather, scotch, cigar smoke and academic one-upmanship. Smooth malt, peat, molasses sweetness, with a surprisingly hoppy finish. Alcohol only shows up as it warms, and is remarkably well-hidden. Medium mouthfeel, but very drinkable despite its complexities. High-larious brewer’s notes alone makes it worth seeking out a bottle.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy Gillard. Pours a dark amber brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, sweet malt, caramel, and a hint of smoke. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a mild to moderate amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. Very good.
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep brown with moderate foamy head that holds. Fruity aroma and similar taste and sweet. Nice velvety mouthfeel and complex taste. Very enjoyable.
PorterPounder (5593) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lakewood, Oh. - Rozi’s Fine Wines - 12 oz bottle, Murky dark brown pour with a quickly fading off-white head. Heavy aroma of figs, toffee, a hint of chocolate. Flavor is hearty with raisins. toffee, figs, a hint of chocolate in the back end. Very tasty, chewy, complex, but deceptively drinkable. Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and coats your mouth. Excellent, as is most from this brewer.
Jblauvs (1340) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark redish pour. peaty sweet aroma. Tastes of peat, bitter hops, and subtle sweet malts. a little odd. but not bad.
craftycarl21 (2243) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
deep garnet and brown pour with a small head. aroma is malty, with some sweet hints and a touch of smoke. flavor has some peat, not too complex, but also has the malt, plus a little hop bitterness. Palate is nice, smooth with a nice intriguing aftertaste. Interesting for a scotch ale, but a nice brew.
after4ever (6169) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz. Thanks, Ben! Crystal clear dark brown with ruby highlights. Thin gray rim and swirls. No lace but shows some legs. Rich roasted peat mid-palate. Brown sugar and notes of cream. Long, spicy, peppery finish. This is the most complex of a fairly serious lineup of scotch ales tonight. Great stuff. Wish I could get it all the time.
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours like an ale from the tap, but tastes almost creamy, like a stout, on the palate with the distinct taste of peat. Finishes with the bitterness of hops. Very unique beer.
12many (277) - Alaska, USA - JUL 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Dark burgundy with an off-white head. I got some hops in the nose but balanced firmly malt. Full bodied with a lot of sweetness then a slight bitterness and alcohol. Not my favorite style but I liked it.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 22, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
THOUGHTS: Nice beer, but nothing really special. Hid alcohol well. I still prefer real scotch ales since they don’t have the smokiness since it wasn’t true to the country’s style. Surprised a beer with this high of an ABV is their flagship.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark orangey red with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma was light to moderate caramel malt, light milk chocolate, cherry and smoke. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, and lightly acidic and bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet and acidic, and moderately bitter with and average duration. It was very smokey with some caramel malt. The medium body was sorta syrupy with soft to tingly carbonation and light astringent finish. When it warmed there was also a light alcoholic finish.