thorongil2 (2184) - , Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle) clear reddish brown colour; virtually no head; aroma of mats, molasses, fruit; taste of malts, bit of alcohol; light initial sweet tones giving way to a moderately bitter finish
brigg (598) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle) Dark chestnut brown ale with disappearing tan head. Aroma of crystallized malt sugars, strong ripe berries. Flavor is sweet, roasted malt, caramel, nuts; earthy, fruity but not so much as the aroma. Medium to full bodied, sticky.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JUL 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear mahogany pour with a small beige cap. Aroma of toffee, maple syrup, earthy hops and a hint of roast. Taste mirrors aroma but with an added smoky note and some nuttiness. One of my favorite American brewed Scotch ales.
Shakesbeere (219) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A ruby red pour. Aroma of caramel malt and fresh bread with a hint of deep fruit. Flavor is similar: bready and caramel malt but with some toffee character. Finish is very alcoholic. Very tasty.
phaleslu (9020) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Ludlow Wines in Cincinnati. Pours deep red with medium light tan head that fades and laces the glass. Medium body. Aroma of malt, hops, toffee, smoke. Flavor is more of the same, but also has some sweetness and fruit to go along with the smoky malt and hops. The alcohol lingers on the palate for a potent, bitter finish.
Cavie (4221) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of ericandersnavy. Clear ruby pour. Aged aroma notes with a strong amount of alcohol. Caramel elements as well. Pretty solid taste. Bready and sweet that tingles over the tongue. Leaves a dryness that does not disappoint.
jb (2831) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Soon as I started pouring this I knew I was in for a treat. Poured out really thick and really hazy, and brown tinged orange with a thick tan head. Fastly faded though. A bit sour in the nose, very fruity and malty. Palate is smoky, and a bit gritty from the hops. Lots of toffee, caramel, that sort of thing. Lots going on in the nose and the palate. This one will take some more tastings to really appreciate. Thanks for the trade Zach! And so glad now that you threw in a few extras!
BVery (9298) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2012 BOTTLE: dark red/brown pour, aroma of smoke, maybe some caramel. Taste is terrific - lots of sweet caramel, just a touch of hop.
amp811 (38) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUL 16, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This and the Moylan’s Kilt Lifter I find to be highly comparable, with this being slightly superior. Similarities: big malty sweetness, brown ale characteristics, smokiness. Differences: Dirty bastard just has more of all of the above.
Braudog (6220) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a muddy brown with a reddish tinge and a creamy head. The aroma is pretty restrained, and I struggle to extract much of one at all. The drink has more to it ... predominately bitter toffee and wood bark, with a bitter bite. Creamy mouthfeel but a relatively thin body. (#3607, 14 July 2009)