JoeMcPhee (8168) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Dark brown beer with purple highlights and a thick tan head. Soft plummy aroma and caramel malts underneath a rich pudding-like spiciness. Rum, caramel and sweet baking spices with light banana and chocolate as well. Everything is well-balanced and very inviting. Soft palate, slightly chewy but not cloying, chocolate and caramel flavours from the majority of the malts. Warming intensifies the lovely yeasty spiciness. Earthy bitterness on the back along with some light prickly alcohol drying out each mouthful. Custurdy richness. Lingering spice and cocoa on the finish. Quite a lovely brew
Sammy (8024) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A winter warmer. Pours with a huge head. Mild tabacco and smoke aroma. The scotch is a purposeful butterscotch. Lovely after fish.Smooth drinking, though not something for every night.
Drake (7840) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle, bottled 23 September 2006. from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville. Murky reddish brown color with a medium head, decent retention and poor lacing. Malty aroma with notes of butterscotch and sour cherry. Taste is caramel, butterscotch, dark fruits and a pear like fruity finish. Milky feel.
GT2 (7716) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
@ ZBF 2010. Pours deep hazy amber with floaties. Little retention and no lace. Very malty, sweet, maple candies nose. Taste is similar with doppelbock like sweetness and light spices. A good scotch ale.
JorisPPattyn (7678) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good beige head, crème, fast gone; deep dark brown beer. Liquorice, cinnamon and malts in the nose. Sweet, sweet spices blend with fruity sweets as figs or prunes, some bitter notes, not hoppy, rather vegetable. Medium bodied, slick MF. Good on - I usually don’t like liquorice beers, but this one stands out. The sweet spices build gradually up, but never to the point of dominating.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Any first impressions?
-A ring of foam circles the glowing red fire.
-Toasted maltiness forms a healthy slice of bread on which red cranberry jam is laid out.
-These red fruit are transformed into candy for the palate, as a spicy/sweet flavor spectrum is displayed until the dry finish takes over.
-The frothy effervescence expands onto the svelte maltiness, maybe a little obstrusive.
What if you dig deeper?
-Delicate herbal hops brush the back end, alongside dry yeast.
-Alcohol sure is properly hidden for this size.
-Dryness builds with every sip, and the scotch ale character, even though Belgian, diminishes concurrently.
-An enjoyable strong ale from Glazen Toren, but one which won’t woo me into buying many bottles.
Bottle; no date.
DocLock (7421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Super Saver. Hazy brown pour with subdued off-white head. Aromas of caramel malts, some brown sugar, grapes, nuts, and brown sugary peaty funk. The palate is medium to dense, with a nice complexity of flavor, including notes of caramel malt, raisins, brown sugar, and slight old peaty funk. The whole thing never really gets what I would call sweet, but it is more semi-sweet. Well done.
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Argo0 pre-RBSG tasting on 13 July 2006. Coppery colour. Quite caramel accented. Maybe a little toasted malt too. Some bitterness. Rather light bodied and lacking in presence for 9.5%. A bit dull to be honest. But then these cod-Scotch things aren’t really my bag anyway.
gnoff (7328) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(750 ml bottle, thanks oh6gdx!) Labeled 8.7% ABV. Clear dark brown color, lasting tan head. Slightly acidic, a bit roasted scent. Weak raissin mixed with chocolate and vinous taste, also alcohol. Warming alcohol feeling, but not in the bad way it sometimes is. Spritzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark copper amber mahogany with a nicely-lacing, thin light tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel maltiness, some bready Belgian yeast and mild noble hoppy balance with some peat and bubble gum. Starts with some sweet caramel malty flavor and nice bready yeasty balance before a thinner finish with lingering mild caramel sweetness which hides the alcohol well.