CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 On tap at the brewpub on 6/22/07:
Pours a transparent dark mahogany with a thin-lacing wispy off-white head. Aroma of sweet earthy caramel malt with lightly smoky peaty complexity. Body starts with a viscous sweet dark caramel maltiness with some light fruity esters and a full, yet smooth finish with lingering seaweed and smoke. A very nice Scotch ale.
On tap at JPDIPSO’s: Pours a dark copper with a thin, wispy, off-white head. Aroma has some dry, peaty and caramel malty notes. Body starts with some mildly sweet caramel malt and dry peaty flavor with a thin palate and finishes with a touch of English hops. A pretty average Scotch ale.
Ughsmash (7504) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Great Dane - Fitchburg. Pour was a clear ruby with a short beige head and some nice lacing. Crisp caramel, toasted nuts, and some flowery noble hoppage found the nose... very nice. Floral hops, butterscotch, and sweet caramel were there for the flavor... rather heavy malt backbone... and a hint of alcohol around the edges. Smooth on the palate, but a little tacky at the finish and the alcohol presence was a bit heavy at the end. Aroma and flavor both picked up some earth character as this warmed. Certainly enjoyable.
jaymobrown (1814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very soft texture. Basic malt flavors. Mild hops. Had this candy -- hard caramel type candy - flavor, an almost gritty white chocolate flavor. The nice sot texture was a bonus.
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at pub. Moderate sweet caramel aroma. Caramel and a roasty nut flavor. Smooth on palate.
amberale1 (16) - Janesville, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the tap @ Great Dane in Madison. Dark, nutty brown in color. Medium body. Smooth feel and taste. Not that much of a meal as some other dark beers are. Very good beer.
hezron (613) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 1 hour old growler. Toasted caramel with a smoky-nutty twist. Dark ruby-brown iwth a thin, off-white head. Sweet butterscotch and brown sugar flavor with toasted caramel. I like this one, but it can be a little too sweet. Medium-light body with a watery feel.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 5, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Translucent amber brown with an edged head. Aroma is caramel malts, toffee and Fabreeze. Nice full mouth feel; some oiliness and wax. Flavors are caramel, butterscotch and toffee. Some maple syrup, like taking a bite of syrup covered pancakes that were kept on the griddle 30 seconds too long. Encompassing, but all over the place.
heemer77 (5242) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a very dark amber that is almost brown. The head is off white and slightly yellow. The aroma is deep caramel and vanilla. The taste has milk chocolate, caramel and vanilla. There is also a light hint of smoke. The body is a little thin.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear and dark red with little head. Big in body with flavors of vanilla and toffee. A bit one dimensional.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the 3rd Annual "Between the Bluffs" Beer and Cheese Festival in La Crosse, WI. Appearance: tan head, clear brown body. No carbonation. Aroma is mild oakiness, mild chocolate, kinda weak. Flavor is chocolate, mild peatiness, oak cask, light coffee. Palate is a little dry, sweet tangy finish. Moderate mouthfeel. Overall, I don’t usually like scotch-style ale but this is really well done.