Driftwood6 (214) - USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Map Room, Chicago. A nice tasting scotch ale. I personally thought it tasted a bit thin in the body-- wouldnít mind it a little more chewy. Found the roast/smoke flavors as well as the hops to be very subdued. Nicely balanced, but wouldnít mind tasting a little more aggressive version of this beer. Letís take the gloves off this guy!
pojo41 (315) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - NOV 12, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured a very dark brown with garnet highlights when held to the light. Good head with decent lacing. Wonderful aroma of the malts with a hint of smoke and coffee. Great flavor of the dark malt with coffee, smoke and the taste of earth. Good mouthfeel and very smooth. You would never guess it is over 8% alcohol. Very, very tasty.
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark copper color with a thin white head that receded quickly. The aroma was of sweet dark malts and caramel. It had the typical smell of a scotch ale. The taste is really nice with the sweet malts really coming through. It had a nice sweet flavor of candy sugar to go with the malts and caramel. The finish was nice and sweet with some hops in the background to balance things out. I didnít get any of the smoke in there like the description says, but it was very enjoyable anyway.
hiddenvariable (206) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a hazy dark, nearly opaque, reddish brown, with a thin light tan head that quickly gets out of the way. big fruity estery and malty smell with spicy apricot and pear notes dominating hints of strawberries and plum, and maybe a bit of anise on the finish. great complex smell. taste is of fresh floral hops, with a dark fruity malt backing it up. lots of bitter on the finish, which is well-backed by a decent malt sweetness. good astringent mouthfeel and quite bubbly, emphasizing the tongue tingle, making for a great finish. this beer is quite different from what i usually drink, and i like it quite a bit.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Reddish body, small tan head, caramel nose with portish notes. Sweet, caramel, raisins, vinous, yum.
holdenn (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Great Lakes Brewfest. Pours a reddish orange brown color with a beige head. Aroma of licorice, malts, chocolate, and caramel. Caramel, burnt malts, licorice, earthy and peaty flavors. Nicely bitter with licorice in the finish.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown color with a small off white head. Aroma of malt, hops and spices. Has a bit of fermented fruit as well. Taste is bitter and a bit odd like prunes. I canít say I enjoyed it at all. Bitter, stale finish.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle at Quenchers, Chicago. Dark ruby color with beige head. Aroma is very doughy malt. Flacor is caramel, brown sugar, alc, very nice. Medium body and creamy. Very nice overall.
biggmike (480) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured an attractive dark ruby color that was very inviting. Had a good head that lasted a while. Aroma was very malty and sweet. Flavor was of malt, caramel, peat and brown sugar. Nicely balanced with a bit of a bitter hop finish. Lacing was really good and the mouthfeel was pleasant. Hid the 8.3% abv very well. Good stuff.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a reddish brown. Has some visible floaties, and is topped by a creamy tan head. The aroma is creamy chocolate, dark caramel, toasted bread, along with a slight alcohol touch. When itís first opened and sipped it has an almost minty character upfront, maybe from the hops. As it breathes it evens out to a nice roasted earthiness from the malt profile. Itís not too sweet at all. Thereís some chocolate, peat along with a consistent bitterness (almost piney earthiness) throughout the flavor scale. The finish continues the earthy undertones displaying a hint of smoke and tobacco in the late palate. Nice and earthy, which is what I look for in Scotch Ales. Itís also pretty dry overall, which I enjoyed. A pretty good Scotch Ale.