JPDIPSO (5667) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color with a umber color on the edges. Small lid of dark beige bubbles. Big malt and wet raw grain aromas. Dark caramel and fruit in the background. Sweet toasted malt flavors. Sweetness flows throughout the quaff and distracts. Linger is long and again after the sweetness wears off, some nice toasted malt.
UltraViolence (23) - USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Just fine, but a little watered and the malt explosion just isn’t there. Cannot hold a candle to Oskar Blues’ Old Chub as far as a Scotch Ale is concerned. Needs some gentle tweaking.
TheAlum (6956) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of Siciliano’s (Grand Rapids, MI). A beer I’ve been looking forward to for awhile. Pours a very dark brown with a bit of a dark red hue, moderate tannish head that leans a little towards brown, laces some, stays at a decent layer, near opaque pour aside from the edges. Aromas are a good dose of caramel, vanilla, and toffee that moves to a peaty sweetness, slight smokiness, a touch of chocolate. Very nice with very little bitterness. Initial is A bit of a malty sweetness, a touch bitter but largely sweeter, caramel and vanilla with some lesser chocolate, toffee and peaty malts with just faint smokiness, not really into the equation as much as a couple other. Some light coffee grounds, faint dark fruit pairs with the smoke further in. A fairly complex Scotch Ale, with a decent body (A bit light, perhaps) and a fairly potent warming booziness. Not bad at all. Cheers.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. Medium dark brown color. Some smoke, nice toasted grain. Flavor is nice toasted grain. Some sea air saltiness as well. Medium-light bodied.
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours hazy dark cola brown with a lacy beige head. A bit of smoke in the aroma, along with brown sugar and caramel. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Thankfully restrained smokiness in the taste, which lets a good measure of brown sugar, molasses, nuts and a touch of chocolate come through. Just a little pine on the exit to clean things up. I could drink a lot of this. Too bad it’s already out of season.
Suttree (6099) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brownish black, with maybe a little bit of light showing around thedges, but otherwise completely opaque. Thin ring of foam. Smells smoky, peaty and a little bit coffee-esque. Nice touch of red wine, as well. Boozy at first, with raisin and prune, plus some earthy, peppery flavors. Kind of heavy, but tasty.
alexsdad06 (9121) - Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear dark brown color with a small off white head. The aroma is toasted malt with a slight nutty character. Sweet caramel malts and hints of fruit are also present. The flavor is sweet caramel malt, but not too big. Midpalate it becomes more toasted bread with hints of caramel, nutty, and very slight smoke. Mouthfeel is on the mild side, but I did get some alcohol from time to time. I seem to expect the best and come away a wee bit disappointed with many of the Scotch ales I have tried recently.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle and served in Duvel snifter: Cola brown hue with a small but lasting frothy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of heavy sweet caramelized malts, a brief hint of smoke, walnuts, pepper and leathery earthy esters, and a touch of anise. The taste starts malty sweet but never cloying due to a nice hit of spicy and fruity undertones. Smoked nuts and liquorice notes as well. Not getting an actual peat nor sea salt characteristics however. The mouth feel is soft yet somewhat aggressive around the edges, just a hint of booze. It is to be noted that as this warms I do start detecting some butterscotch showing up and a tad off putting. But overall a solid brew I would try again.
garthicus (2911) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Blankboy, shared with HogTownHarry and I. Appearance: Dark copper/brown with a small off white head. Aroma: Malt and caramel, some nuts, pepper, bread, quite toasty. Flavour: Malt, coffee, nutty, some marzipan with a slightly alcoholic and toasty finish. Not bad.
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared by blankboy with me and garthicus. Deep clear ruby, average off-white head. Earthy, sweet aroma, plenty of dry herbal bitterness. Oily, roast caramel, hint of leather and peat - pungent. Slick, average body, mild carbonation, a little alcohol emerges in the finish - almost a bit harsh. Interesting take.