buckduckgoose (7) - westminster, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2011 does not count
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Instant gratification. Better than I had expected. A bit bitter at first... that brings out the very slight hint of chocolate and strong coffee. A very bold beer! If you like malts and hops you need to try this beer.
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice beer. Doesnít have that maple syrup taste that I hate (present in a lot of scotch ales and barley winws). Fruity ans smokey as well; although not terribly complex.
joechristenson (149) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle poured at home. Beautiful translucent ruby color around the edges, becomes mahogany through chocolate brown in the center. A gorgeous beer. Aroma is smoked and roasted malts, peat, robust caramel, and a touch of vanilla. Rich, smokey, peaty malts form the body of the beerís taste. Some caramel and vanilla swirls on the edges. Itís held together by a bit of floral hops. The best touch of barnyard flavor floats in, too. Wonderful palate -- the beer briefly sits heavy and robust, then slides away, cleansed by the touch of hops. Nicely done.
jw0406 (1077) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1i2 oz bottle pours a dark ruby color with a thin off white head. Aromas of
caramel, sweet malt, earthy. Medium bodied, light carbonation, smokey finish
cblado (298) - Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy amber color, beautiful in the light. Aroma is subtle, with hops up front, and peat notes. Flavor is very complex, with malt up front, a subtle peat flavor in the middle, and a surprising aftertaste of bitter hops. Kind of an abrupt finish, but not unpleasant. After a couple of these, I feel like Piltdown Man, ready to relax in a bog.
hopsbreath (24) - St Helens, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
The label on this one was in red plaid with a menacing looking Scots Man wearing a newsboy cap and sneering. The label stated it had 50 IBUís and 8.5% alcohol and was bottled on 12-9-2009. After an agressive pour I only managed the single finger of pale beige head that faded to minimal lacing. The beer itself was a deep mohagany color and very inviting looking. The aroma was quite muted but did impart some slight pineapple smell. The flavors on this one truely set it off. There was the afore mentioned pineapple from the nose, some dark cherry, banana, and the scotch/peet smoke that is typical of this style. There also was just enough hops to balance out the malt back bone and lend a little bitterness. The alcohol was very well hidden but started to warm after 2-3 gulps. Mouthfeel was virtually perfect. Not to thick or thin which made for excellent drinkability. Overall this is a very nice example of scotch ale, but the high alcohol content catches up after only 2 beers.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I know that Iíve had this about four or five times before (I had a bottle on a shelf in my old house). Anyway, bottle thanks to SS. Pours with a hazy bronze hued body with a small but retentive head that is pro lace. Aromas are super malty, brown sugar, caramelization, melanoidin, dark fruits, medium to light smoke, pretty clean yeast wise. Crackery and a bit biscuity on the malt. Flavors seem to be a touch on the older side, light oxidation (cardboard), and a bit of an odd bitterness (style wise). Dark fruits, raisins, melanoidin, brown sugar. Clean. Light smoke. Drier than I remember this beer. Lighter carbonation. Medium to full bodied, oddly bitter in the lasting duration. Quite bitter for a scotch ale. Minimal alcohol presence felt.
bax (1311) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle 21/03-2012) Low light brown head, clear amber color, malty aroma, fresh rounded hoppy taste.
stewajt (30) - Alabama, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tulip glass. Dark amber with a dark tan head. Malty, roasty and peaty. Deceivingly high in alcohol. Pretty smooth.
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish brown, with a low head and moderate carbonation. Malty but not very sweet, and this works well. Balanced with some hop bitterness, nice. Alcohol very well hidden. Itís a good beer. Wish it was bottle conditioned though.