marcus (8698) - 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 (3999) - 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. You’ll probably like this if you like whisky, but it’s rather flat and empty.
bhensonb (13616) - 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 (3076) - 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 (14844) - 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 (5219) - 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 (3456) - 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.