tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brownish/ruby color - big aroma of roasted and sweet dark malts. Flavor is sweet and rich, with notes of brown sugar, syrup, licorice and a slight hint of smokiness. Finish is a little dry and sticky. All in all a nice, bold scotch ale.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2009 On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 08/25/2009. Mostly clear reddish amber body with ruby highlights and a bit of chill haze and a medium frothy dark tan head. Toasty molasses and faint smoke aroma. Grainy molasses and dry smoke flavor. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation. 8/4/7/3/15 - 3.7
Shared with Kinz for an impromptu tasting. Dark ruby body with a small off-white head. Sweet caramel and molassas aroma. Sweet malty caramel flavor with a butterscotch ending. 8/4/8/3/16 - 3.9
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours an ugly red brown with a small off white head that quickly settles to a tiny film. Sweet aroma, malty, maybe a touch of smoke, raisins, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, wood, maple syrup. Some piney hops. Taste is smooth, a little bitter, with the dark fruits being the main thing here. Sweetness is surprisingly low, which is a good thing I think. Drinkability is higher than the aroma and ABV would lead you to believe. One of the better Scotch ales I’ve had.
jrob21 (2561) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from monk’s in philly. Pours a deep dark brown. Requisite sweetness and massive malt flavors. Subtle candi sugar in the flavor as well. Paired nicely with the cheese and sausage platter with got as an app. Definiitely enjoyed this onen but I am pretty partial to this style.
Kinz (3292) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to maniac for this one. Deep amber, floaties, little head. Deep caramel aroma, hints of molasses. Flavor is fantastic, deep caramel. There isn’t much else to this, it is simple, but great.
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Courtesy of markgugs. Clear, reddish brown with a yellowish brown head. Fairly complex aroma of rum and overripe fruit. Has a nice, full body with notes of nuts, overripe fruit and a rather hoppy finish. Complex and very interesting. 230807
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010
Date: September 03, 2005
Appearance: dark clear red, whispy tan head, rich sweet carmel malt aroma with a hint of earthy peat and a whisp of alcohol
Flavor: good rich earthy malt flavor, great carmel sweetness that dries out over time, picks up some nice smokey peat, only a hint of bitterness to keep the balance
Overall: the new benchmark in scotch ales
Date: June 03, 2006
nothing to add
Date: November 09, 2010
Words: mac mcgee
Appearance: clear dark brown, fine beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet malty aroma, light smokeyness along with a dry earthyness, touch of caramel sweetness
Flavor: rich deep caramel flavor, touch of earthy peat
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
drfabulous (3998) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 31, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
When I lived in Michigan, I didn’t buy this too often, but would have it at the Beer Fest each year. Very heavy alcohol taste that will sit with you for awhile. A complex, intense beer.
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a brown color with a nice looking tan head. Rich, smoky taste (which I really like) is balanced with some light spicy hops and a good dose of alcohol. Subtle notes of dark fruit and sweet earth as well. This is one of the better beers I’ve had from the style.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2011 12oz bottle from EithCubes - thanks, Mike! Now this is my kinda Scotch ale. Big and bold, with malts just pouring out and a big peaty aroma. Very rich and smooth, with a strong butterscotch note in the middle, balanced by a bit of dry spice towards the very end. Quite fine.