Suttree (5643) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear brown, no head. Smoky, grapey aroma. Fruity flavor at first, then smokey, earthy notes. Stay woodsy and rustic throughout. Nice stuff, very tasty.
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - DEC 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Taste 12/8 Bottle. Looks... Dark and clear with a little lacing of the head. Aroma: Malt peat smoke and a little dark fruit. Taste: MMMM..Really good. Mostly malts. Some smoke earthy and a little fruit. Can not taste the alcohol.
biznizness (1140) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty durn good. Finished the last bottle from my sixer last night, and it was even better than the first five. Creamy, malty, and flavorful. Scottsmen, light your fires.
DSG (8665) - Tel Aviv, - NOV 29, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2012 Re-rate 4/2/12: Bottle sample at a tasting at Dagan’s place. Thanks zvikar. Reddish deep amber color. Malty, caramelly, alcoholic aroma. Sweet and caramelly malty flavor with some fruits and alcohol. Medium-bodied. 5/3/5/3/10=2.6
(10/20/08) Bottle at Tria in Philadelphia. Dark brown color with a beige head, Aroma of rather smoky malt, some dark fruit notes, some nutty hints and caramel. Sweet flavor, slightly smoky, with artichoke notes, some fruits and a bit of toastiness. Medium to full-bodied. A nice Scotch Ale. 7/4/7/4/14=3.6
MegaMan2OO6 (21) - Los Gatos, California, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(11.22.08) 12 oz. bottle: Pours a dark amber with very little light brown head. Aroma of sweet roasted malts and alcohol. Flavor is malty and sweet, with some caramel. Rich, creamy mouthfeel. Solid Scotch ale.
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Poured fairly clear dark amber in color with a very nice brown head that left no lacing on the glass. Aroma of white bread toast, lightly sweet malt. Tastes of light toffee, chocolate, dark fruits. Alcohol seemed to be hidden quite well. Not bad.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours a deep brown with gorgeous, ruby-red highlights and a thin, brown head that leaves persistent swirls over the beer and light lacing on the glass. The aroma is bready, toasty, and biscuity with subtle toffee and cocoa, fruity and earthy hops, and dark fruit. The flavor starts big and malty with a delectable malt sweetness that is laden with caramel, toffee, and biscuits. There is a slight dryness and roastiness - subtle coffee and roasted barley. The roasted grain flavors take on a slightly ashy note at mid-palate, and hops and esters enter to form a very nice, complex fruitiness. The bitterness is wonderfully balancing - a little hoppy in the end with a big, sweet, slightly roasty, toasty malt finish. The mouthfeel starts crisp with carbonation and thick. As the CO2 is released (from swirling in the mouth), the texture thickens into a rich and luxurious silk - full-bodied but not syrupy. Overall - a marvelous beer - well-balanced and drinkable. Perfect for cool weather but not so rich, strong, or sweet as to be a "nip bottle only" kind of beer. I don’t think it fits the label of Scotch Ale perfectly - a bit hoppier than one might expect. But it is really, really nice.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
deep brown color, fluffy tan head, mild lacing. aroma of roasty malt. flavor is chocolate and roasty malt. the chocolate is not overly sweet. there is a minor bitterness in the flavor. medium bodied, dry finish. quite enjoyable. luckily, i was forced to buy a 6-pack at ’liquor depot’ in monee.
mfaulke (92) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was expecting something a little bolder from a beer named Dirty Bastard. Moderately sweet upfront, with a dry, lingering finish, and a hint of warmth and smokiness closing the show. Not as complex as I was hoping for. Less sweet than the Duck Rabbit Scotch Ale, but not as rich. Good but not upper echelon.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - OCT 31, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle - Pours a hazy deep amber/red color with tiny, almost non-existant light tan head. Aroma has red grapes, lightly toasted caramel, light chocolate, oak. Flavor is full of chewy malts, caramel, hint of cherry, with a mildly sweet finish. Overall a decent wee heavy style brew.