CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
VERY sweet malt aroma. Has a slight red hue. Dark brown in color with very little head. Subtle alcohol aroma. Nice malty complex aroma. Wish it had more of a smoke aroma, but still nice. Nice smoke malt taste. This beer has a straightforward malt and smoke taste. A lot of sweet flavors. Nice smooth palate. A very good scotch ale. Not a huge fan of scotch ales, but this is nice. Purchased at Bruisin Ales in North Carolina.
nefarious (220) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
wonderfully thick pour with a slight tan head. Deep brown color....just like the meanest scotch you have ever saw. unbeliveable sweet aroma. Caramel, vanilla, sweet fruits and maybe a ever so subtle hint of cinniamon....yeah I might be crazy. The flavor is very different fom the aroma. Very grainy....huge malts. Slightly smokey and a clean finish!!!! very good and easy drinking.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark mahogany pour. Light peaty, heavily malty aroma. Dark roasted nuts in the flavor with a peaty smokiness on the finish and aftertaste. Nice.
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, poured deep garnet with ruby edges with a creamy tan head. Aroma was strong sweet roasted barley, chocolatey caramel, and dark fruits. Flavor was oaky sweet roast barley, scotchy bite, chocolate, caramel, and licorice blending into bitter hops. I love to session with this.
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours deep dark marroon with small off white head. Aroma is burnt wood, malt and a touch of hoppiness. Flavor is bitter at first with smoke, malt, and dried red fruit, finishes bittersweet with honey, barbeque, and a touch of hops. Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation, alcohol may be a little to present. I like this though, one of the better scotch ales I have had.
Narnad (1486) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky copper-brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head and low carbonation. Aroma is sweet with lots of toasted malt, some darker fruit notes mixed with a light chocolate and fruity hops scent. The beer has a sweet flavor up of Maris Otter and some caramel malts, light dark fruity taste moving into a sweet, earthy bitterness in the middle and finishes with an almost gritty smoke and peat ending. Alcohol is there but not a dominate factor in this fairly strong brew. I love the ending to this beer and is exactly what I would expect for a scotch ale, that gritty smoke/peat ending which lingers around afterword and compliments the early malty sweetness.
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2009 rerate.
somehow much improved this time around.
6 3 7 4 15 3.5
thin khaki head;
malty caramel aroma;
flavor - same, w/ prunes. this one’s all right.
6 3 6 3 14 3.2
trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark golden amber, thin white head. Tastes stronger malts, good touch of bitter hops. Notes of the booziness. Not a huge fan of this beer type.
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle into red wine glass.
Pours murky dark red-brown, with a thin, soapy off-white head.
Nose is caramel, a bit of cocoa, big hit of fruity esters.
Taste is caramel, some toasty malt, bit of molasses; lot sof fruity esters, almost to the point of dominating the flavor. Buttery diacetyl comes out as well, stronger after a few sips. Light, earthy bitterness towards the finish.
Mouthfeel is very lightly carbonated, with a full, slick body.
Disappointing effort by a great brewery. Esters are over the top, and the diacetyl that pokes through just adds to the distraction.
jeckenroth (121) - Reading, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown almost black with some translucence around the edges. Almost no head.
Nice malty aroma with dark toffee and yeast. A bit of bourbon and raisin also show up.
Starts heavy and ends watery. The carbonation is almost non-extistant.
Heavy on the malt with a yeasty aftertaste. There is a whiskey bit in the middle but doesn’t overwhelm.
Not bad, didn’t like the mouth feel on this one. Drinkable under the right pairing or mood. Not something I would seek out unless I had a specific itch to scratch.