bhensonb (10176) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours dark brown with garnet aspects. Not much head. Rich malty aroma that seems to have chocolate accompaniment. Body is thinner than expected. Carbonation is minimal. Flavor is malty, smoky, coffee, chocolate and dark fruits. Despite expectations it is not all that sweet and the finish is neutral, perhaps toward astringent. The darker flavors tend to build interestingly.
Marsiblursi (2974) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, thanks to omhper) Pours dark brown with red hints. The aroma is light burned and smoky with undertones of coffee, raisins and salt liquorice. Quite malty. The flavour is light burned and smoky with milder notes of raisins, caramel and chocolate. Medium sweet and light bitter. The mouthfeel is soft and clean with a light carbonation. Medium bodied.
Oakes (11363) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 22, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown. Chewy, chocolatey, with really not much peat. Some peat, chocolate. Soft, oily body. Fairly peaty finish with some astringency.
rallison (116) - USA - AUG 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
All in all a nice scotch ale. Reddish dark brown color with a minimal head. Sweet and smoky in the smell. Taste is smoky, toasted caramel, dried fruits. Light on the tongue given the 8%. Good overall.
Beershine (5193) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
At Vero. Dark, muddled brown. No head. Prune liquer, triple burnt caramel. Smokey, sweet, quite nice. Soft, low carbonation, peat. A little syrupy but a nice mix of flavors.
smith4498 (2843) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of JMFG. Pours brown with tan head. Aromas roasted malts, dark fruits and some smokiness. Flavor is similar to the aromas. Meduim/full body with minimal carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy JMFG. Pours a pitch black, with not much of a head. Smells of some dark fruits, dark malts, figs, molasses, with maybe a touch of some smoke as well. Theflavor had a little of that smoke in it, lots of a dark fruit base, and some light vanilla as well. Got some bitter burnt malt in the finish which left bitterness on the palate. Decent scotch ale, but nothing to write home about.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from someone at the vero throwdown: pours a very flat cola brown colour with no head. aroma is slight smokey with a good caramel malt nice aroma. flavour is smokey with a good burnt malt slight grain flavour too, finishes nice and dry.
BeerandBlues2 (8988) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22-oz bottle purchased from Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours dark brown with a small, fizzy, light brown head, somewhat lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, cookie), light hops (grass), average yeast (dough) with notes of dates, apple, and toffee. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a chalky finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.
omhper (18745) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2008 Bottled, thanks Crosling! Mahogany colour, minimal head. Peaty toasty nose. Sweet and full bodied. Roasty malt and molassesMalty and warming with some rye bread but very little hops. Smoky finish with low bitterness. Really nice beer, but the malt profile is a little bit rough which prevents it from getting a top score.