gerbewa (196) - - SEP 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Puts a very deep mahogany color with little head. Drinking out of a bottle during the AU Clemson game. Not as good as the Founders dirty bastard.
jbruner (1886) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a translucent blackish brown from the bottle with thin tan head and light lacing. Aroma of caramel malts, vanilla woodiness, and toasted grains. Taste has traditional scotch ale notes with the sweet maltiness and wood, but this one has a lot of roasted malts, almost coffee flavors. Intetesting, but not that good. NC is new to strong beers apparently, and this recipe is an amped version of something that wasn’t that good to start with.
maxwelldeux (2933) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a darker amber color with a thick head. Some roasted and malted flavors to it that make it an interesting drink. Good fragrant nose on it that mirrors the taste.
DiarmaidBHK (3130) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at tap room. Pours. Dark brown with a thin khaki head that has a couple of splotches of lacing. Slight hints of caramel on the nose. Bigger caramel on the tongue with a hint of bitterness on the finish to clean things up. Fairly solid example of style but would need the peat thing on the tongue to launch into the stratosphere.
boto (1797) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUN 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber: This one pours a dark, clear caramel brown color. There was just a wisp of an off white head on it. Nice big malty nose to it. Mainly toffee, toasted malts and caramel. Just a hint of some earthy hops. Medium bodied. Toasted toffee malt taste, just a hint of bitterness coming through. Nice.
andyhwcinc (1323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyed on tap at Luella’s BBQ in Asheville, NC during my honeymoon. Appearance is a dark cola brown with a thin white head that laces to the glass. Aroma is sweet with a light syrupy malt. Taste is pretty good, nice and malty, sweet, also pretty thick and chewy. Pretty high carbonation, syrupy, its ok.
mcnealc31 (245) - Elida, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
ours nicely with a bigger head than most Scotch Ales, and that familiar deep amber color. Toasted malt and toffee are coming through in the aroma. Rather inviting. Surprising amount of chocolate in the flavor. Toffee and smoked malt are rather noticeable, as well. Hops provide just a bit of a bitter and dry finish, but don’t overpower anything, just as it should be with Scotch Ales.The 7% ABV give a bit of heat in the flavor and warmth in the finish.
I like this Wee-Heavy-er Scotch Ale. Perhaps not quite in the top tier of the style, but the chocolate gives it a nice twist.
Mora2000 (5310) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to mikesgroove for sending me this bottle.
The beer pours a dark reddish-brown color with an off-white head. As expected, the aroma is full of malt, with heavy amounts of toffee and caramel, as well as a hint of chocolate. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of toffee and caramel, as well as some peat malt notes, a hint of smoke and some light amounts of dark fruit. The alcohol is also present in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
nuplastikk (4091) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber brought back from Asheville. Just about opaque burgundy-brown. Thinnish soapy head. Smooth, sweet aroma. Pretty much nails the style, this is as good as most authentic versions, if not better. Really not so overbearing for the ABV, quite mellow and sessionable actually. Doughy brown sugar notes. Sweet, but not overly thick or sticky. A great malt-centered beer, worth seeking out.
coolpop (1367) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 5, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at the brewpub. Poured deep brown with a smallish light tan head that left no lacing. Aroma was caramel, toffee, kinda bready, fairly sweet, some fruit, touch of smoke. Flavor was sweet up front with a long dry finish. Caramel, some toffee, nuts, bit of smoke. Some unpleasant plasticky, ashy notes. Too thin. Least favorite beer I sampled at the brewery.