FlyingSwine (174) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a decent, slightly cloudy brown, with a frothy head. Aroma is dominated by smokey malts. Flavor is pretty similar, although I found the smoke to be a bit much for my tongue. I didnít pick up any (or much) of the black cherry or raisin in their commercial description. Palate was medium bodied. Overall it was a nice beer to try, but I probably wonít be going back to the well.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I took a trip up to Evergeen to buy some vintage beers and found this. Iíd read previous reviews and $10.49 a sixer didnít seem too bad for a strong scotch ale. I have also been trying to taste more examples of this style since I really like Old Chub and Alesmith Wee Heavy. This beer has an instant malty, subtle smoke smell that is nice. The color is super-black with an off-white ring of bubbles running around the circumference of the glass. Whoah, the taste starts out as smoky malts and turns into band-aids and then meat. That may sound bad but if you like smoky, peaty beers this is definitely one of them and it gets better as it warms. This is a good beer to split into two snifters to increase drinkability, 12oz is too much.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-12-2008 01:43:25
sudsmeister (62) - Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2009
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This beer was a disappointment. With "Bastard" as part of the name, I had my hopes up. However, this beer was flat. No head to speak of; no carbonation. Sort of like drinking a beer that you had taken the cap off of yesterday and put it back in the fridge. Wonít be buying this again.
jkwalking05 (3368) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with a small head. Aroma is of cocoa and medicine...like Benydryll spray. Flavor is of burnt toast, chocolate and roasted malts.Low..almost no carbonation.
ilherps (248) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very smokey, with a hint of scotch! It was very smooth and creamy. Some flavors of malt sweetness tried to get through but they were light. Tasted a bit like a burnt hot dog cooked over a fire, with ashes on it. I can see this would not be for everyone, but I found it quite enjoyable.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewpub in Grand Lake. Pours a deep dark brown with reddish hues, mahogany I suppose. Decent tan head. Aromas of dark roast, caramel, and smoke. Flavors of roasted malts, smoke, with anice balance of sweetness and bitterness. Palate is smooth and perfectly carbonated.
drjay44 (2440) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle. pours a thinnish head, with minimal lacing over dark brown body....nose of slight smoke, with molasses....tastes of smoky malts with minimal hop bitterness on the finish, dry overall....rather light mouth feel, and overall too thin and uncomplicated for a Scotch Ale, and lacking malty sweetness.
marcus (5855) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This dark brown ale poured with no head - just a few bubbles - and a strong chocolate aroma. There is a hearty smoked malt flavor with lots of chocolate and some raisin. A bit thinner than one would expect in a scotch ale, but otherwise a pretty good brew.
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really like this beer! It was on the dark side of the style, and had a great roasty/chocolatey flavor. It went down very well and was not a bit harsh.
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to BlackForestCO for the bottle!
Pours tepid red-brown, a culture-like head that fizzes out in seconds , leaving a pretty lifeless beer. Nose has chocolate, a little peat, some alcohol. Decent sized body but so lifeless. Almost no bitterness at all. Sweet chocolate, peat flavor. Lots of lingering smoke. Youíll probably like this if you like whisky, but itís rather flat and empty.