DialSquare (3781) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Market Square. Black/brown pour with a medium khaki head. Roasty dried fruit and sweet malt aroma. Sweet caramel malt and cherry up front in the taste. Evens out fairly quickly with wood and dark fruit. On to a lengthy but subtle dry bitter finish with a slight metallic vibe. Slick medium palate and light but sharp carbonation. Nice drinkable scotch ale.
zach8270 (4003) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark brown pour with a tan head. Very mild and lightly smoky aroma. Some caramel and malts, but it’s really subtle. Malty and sweet at the start of the flavor with a lot of smoked malts coming up near the end. Finishes clean with a lightly smoked hint just waiting there for the malts to go away. Pretty nice.
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pour was dark brown/black, with tan head. Taste was of roasted grain, dark malt. Very little hop notices, unlike what the deScription says. Some sweet notes of fruit, but still taste is more smoke.
PorterPounder (6710) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - Market Square Liquors - 12 oz bottle. Pours a deep, dark chocolate-like brown. Toffee-like aroma with a hint of smoke. Solid, but not overwhelming flavor with some toffee, caramel, hint of vanilla - a little bit more subdued than I would have liked - especially considering the ABV. Smooth, rich mouthfeel. All in all, a decent winter warmer - feel the alcohol in the finish.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, almost black, not much head. Rich malty smell and a smoky malty taste. Easily fits the style and the alcohol is well hidden for being darn near 8%. good stuff but I really don’t need more than one in a sitting. I’m not sure why this is going year-round but it must sell well.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-16-2010 02:19:10
notalush (5561) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark purplish red - cola-like fizziness - aroma of heather, plumy sweetness, light peat, some alcohol presence, a mild earthy/vegetal/root plant character - a bit sweet - slightly meaty and smoky, with a touch of dry peat through the middle - a bit of floral character through the end, followed by some starchy, taro-ish qualities - alcohol warmth through the finish - not bad, just not as nuanced and complex as the finer examples of the style.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2010 12oz bottled Jan 30, 2010. Pours very, very dark brown with a 1.5 finger beige head. Reduces to a ring with a few small islands, leaves very little lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malts, bordering on burnt, caramel, chocolate. Flavor is dark roasted malts, again almost burnt, light chocolate, some caramel and coffee, some coffee-like bitterness. Not much in the way of hops. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, pretty rich, low carbonation. Could use a touch more carbonation, malts roasted just a tad too much. I put this somewhere between Old Chub (pretty good) and Dirty Bastard (excellent). I do prefer Claymore to the St. Bridgets it replaces.
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one, just from the pour, has the appearance of a stout. The taste and aroma is a little scotchy, but overall it’s a little too bland for my liking, but it was worth a try.
mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nearly opaque reddish-brown. Soft aroma of carmel and raisons. Smooth and smoky with burnt toffee flavors. Very nice.
bigbish (649) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A tasty Scotch ale. Malty aroma, lots of malt and caramel flavors. A nice thick head that sits on top of the beer and just begs you to drink it. Good stuff.