durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Rubyís in Haw Creek/Asheville. Itís own description does it justice: malty, toasty, and sweet. Itís not overly sweet, though... nice toffee notes of sweetness. Biscuity, too. Surprisingly light, so donít expect a knockout. One of their better beers, I think.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - APR 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark and malty with a big alcohol presence. Bittersweet with a smoky, peat tang. I liked it immensely.
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 26, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is not too much of a step up from the regular wee-heavy in my opnion. A bit morem altiness and alcohol, but still lacks that certain flavor that makes it stand out as a scotch ale. This is nuttier than it predecessor, with some caramel and toffee. Pretty mild for the style.
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap. puny off-white head into dark brown body. aromas of moderate malts and light hops. flavor is lightly bitter thoroughout. okay beer nothing special or different!
alexanderj (3317) - Branson, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sample; pours a brown color with not much off white head. Aroma was sweet with nuts, fruit and a light peat. Flavor was similar and below average for the style. Palate was off a bit, too thin for me.
ChainGangGuy (4373) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a thin, fizzy-looking off-white head.
Smell: The aroma holds some fruit, some peat, and some nuttiness. All of it quite faint, though.
Taste: Itís a parade of hints! Mild pale maltiness. Faint, almost imperceptible sweetness. Soft peatiness. One drop of sorghum syrup. Just a bit of fruit. Finishes dry and clean.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Fairly mild and thin for supposedly being so much more heavy-er.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy jayg, thanks man!!!! Growler. Pours a nutty brown, with hints of orange-red through out. Aroma is sweet malts, but very little peat or smoke which I find very odd. Flavor is light and just too average. Not much going on here.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2010
Date: March 31, 2006
Appearance: muddy brown, lasting thin fine beige head, lots of lace
Body: medium body
Flavor: big dry malt flavor with earthy character, rich carmel malt flavor, very dry, nice earthy peaty balance, noticable hops with a light bitterness
Overall: new version is fairly different in that it is now much drier or maybe hopped a bit more
Date: September 22, 2006
earthy smokey peat and roasted flavor is stronger than ever to the point of being an astrengent bitterness,
Date: September 22, 2007
Source: jack of the wood
Score: 3.0 to 3.6
Aroma: rich sweet dark caramel malt aroma with a strong smokey peat character
Flavor: rich dark caramel malt flavor is kept dry the the strong earthy peat character, light bitterness for the finish but none of the astrengency from before
Overall: with the richness of the sweet dark caramel malt and well balanced smokieness, this beer is finally coming into its own
Date: April 16, 2010
Aroma: aroma is drying out a bit with more of the earthyness
Flavor: picking up a bit more caramel sweetness in the flavor
Overall: nice solid wee heavy er
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
emacgee (4024) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2008 Had out of a bottle finally. The pour is dark ruby copper brown. The head is thin and tan with little carbonation. The aroma is sweet, subdued, malty, lightly peaty. The flavor is peaty/smoky, malty, earthy, lightly sweet, a mild bitterness. The palate is crisp and slightly bitter. A nice sessionable scotch ale.
Ibrew2or3 (6888) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big thanks to jayg for bringing this growler. Pours deep copper with off white head. With the aroma I get roasted malts and a mustiness that seems to try to be peaty, nuttiness and faint alcohol. Smooth tasting with roasted malts, nuttiness and caramelized malts. Toward the finish a peatiness surfaces. The flavors go together pretty well. Yep, the peat/earthiness peaks up just a bit into the finish making it only just noticeable.