MrBunn (2483) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of are sweet and earthy... Body is a fairly dark brown with some reddish tones and head is a minimal film. Flavor is sweet, of caramel and some fruity flavors. Much thicker mouthfeel than expected from a scotch. Almost has a brandywine character due to sweet syrupiness.
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2006
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
a good scotch ale, even made me forget that the hockey team that knocked us out of the playoffs was sponsored by founders and had this as their logo
Metalhead (630) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark copper,no head. Malt peat aroma. Other than that this beer is a waste of $$. I think it was the nasty ass hop finish turned tongue scraper finale that killed it. I love hops but this was just unbalanced.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber. Small, frothy, tan head settles completely. Aroma of roasty malt, subtle, smokey peat, and moderate hop presence. Same flavor, surprisingly well balanced, a bit of alcohol in the finish. I’d like more smoke and more peat in a scotch ale. Full, smooth body. Great brew, but needs more scotch.
nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep brownish crimson with a medium-light tan head that turns to a bubbly film. A sweet aroma of caramel malt and rasins fills the nose with the presence of smoke, though not overwhelmingly so. The flavor is also fairly sweet, caramel and maple followed with a small smokey peat note. A somewhat bitter alcohol/hop flavor comes out in the finish which feels a bit awkward, though it’s not really off putting. The beer is both malty and smooth over the tounge...a nice solid body that finishes both dry and a bit bitter. A toasty beer, though I was hoping for a bit more peat to come out and perhaps a tad more smoke. Fairly easy to drink, though I don’t think drink more than one or two in a night. A great cool weather beer to be sure.
Boutip (4828) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a small off-white foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of strong malt, caramel and a light touch of smoke. Taste is also dominated by the strong malt presence with sweet caramel with a subtle touch of peat. Body is quite full and carbonation is low. Very interesting take on the style.
3fourths (8214) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Creamy rich and slightly smoky (almost a pepper smoke) taste. Very nice texture of silk and cream, with a medium dryness in the finish. Well crafted and very drinkable, really only losing points for a bit of a sikly sweet maple presence that, in my opinion, just doesn’t have a place in this beer.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(03.02.06) 12 oz brown bottle purchased from Archor Liquors, Chicago, IL. Pours clear brown with light syrup-like consistency. Small black particulates. No head. Soft-carbonation. Caramel/toffee/ toasted malt aromas. Full-bodied Scottish ale that starts with moderate malt sweetness and toffee/toasted malt flavors. Finishes with light bitterness and roasted malt flavor. Smooth and rich. Definite alcoholic warmth. A delicious malty beer with a memorable toasted malt flavor and dangerous moreish quality..
GregClow (2910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with tupalev & jerc - courtesy of tupalev. Mahogany colour with a tiny head. Big, sweet aroma with notes of caramel and smokey whiskey. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but OK. Flavour holds a great balance of brown sugar sweetness and earthy peat notes, with a nicely hopped finish. Lots of attempts at this style disappoint me, but I was quite happy with this one.
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark orangish amber with slightly tan orange head that fades quickly. Aroma of Chocolate Riesans. Flavor is bold with a faint sweetness in the up front followed by bits of wasabi on the back of the tongue and finally heat in the throat. Very well done and a good flagship in my opinion.