Beaver (1283) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pours brown with no head at all other than a few bubbles after a very vigorous pour.
The aroma is sweet peaty caramel and toffee with a bit of smoke and molasses and nuts. As it warms some vegetal notes come out.
The flavor is sweet peaty nutty caramel and toffee malts with some chocolate and a touch of fruits and smoke. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with very low carbonation.
Overall, this didnít have much carbonation like the other Grand Lake beers that I purchased from the brewery. Unlike the others, this hold up pretty nicely. Itís got some great flavors for a Scotch ale - a good balance of peat, smoke and sweet caramel without being overly sweet.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A gift from the RatMan. Thanks Ron. Pours deep ruddy brown with a finger thick tan head that leaves decent lacing. Nose is a bit buttery caramel and smoked. The flavor is quite the same with a bit of earthy influence. Smooth on the palate. Surprised how good this one was.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured dark amber brown, toffee, roasted malts, dark fruit, peat, little nutty, little earthy hops.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Pours a deep ruby amber with a thinning head. Aroma is a bit off- some oxidation, soy, dirty diaper, garbage, medicinal phenolics to go with the smoke and peat. Flavor is a bit of matchstick smokie, phenolic, spicy, big caramel sweet malts, toffee, molasses, peat, earth leather and tobacco- sweet on teh finish but an oxidized slick ending.
notalush (4833) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber - pours a very dark reddish brown - smallish, fizzy lace - smoky aroma, with some notes of scotch/peat, plum, raisin, toffee, vanilla - very peaty, smoky, almost meaty up front - this is followed by medium plumy sweetness, raisin, caramel, the faintest hint of diacetyl (tastes intentional, though) - lingering peat in a warming finish - not bad for 3.99.
jcwattsrugger (11079) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle @Pauls Gathering Thanks microgrog-pours a light tan ring for a head and dark brown color. Aroma is dark fruit, peat. Taste is dark malt-molasses, drk fruit, peat, earthy. Minimum carbonation.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle Shared at Ryan & Maxís Tasting @ Pauls. Pours a brune body with an off white head. Burnt malt, peat, ashen char notes and some wet woody and whiskey esk tones. A decent scotch ale.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Paulís tasting. Pours a clear cola brown with a thin white head. Sweet, little chocolate, plum, pepper. Boozy, medium bodied, little bit of maple. More booze, roast, smoke, chalky roast bitterness.
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, no date. Clear deep brown with a half finger tan head, fading to a ring before long. Smoked meat, leather, and tobacco up front in the aroma with some light toasted malts and chocholate behind. I also pick up on a tinge of something tangy, but could be from the leather and tobacco. The flavor adds a lightly roasty component, but otherwise mostly follows the aroma. The tobacco and leather are milder, as well as the smoke, but the smoke is only slightly lessened. Bitterness peaked around a 2. Light carbonation with a medium smooth body. Pretty good Scotch ale. Oh, and at 8 percent, I had no idea it was that strong until I lookeed at the stats.
Headbanger (3280) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle-Poured a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, smoke, and sweetness. Taste of the same with some fruits coming through as well. This full bodied brew was not bad.