RSRIZZO (1870) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2009
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Color is a near solid ruby with mellow carbonation and a thin but tight head that has a slight tan look to it. Aroma of roasted malt and wet hay. Taste roasted and dry. Starting with a bold medium body with a rich creamy feel. Finish jumps out with a big roasted malt sweetness and a hint of dried fruit. After taste is a continuation of the sweet and roasted flavors with the roasted giving a dry feel in the end. Overall I think its unbalanced and a little too sweet.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours with a dense large sized head and a dark brown hue. aroma is of dark sugars and malts and loads of caramel. taste highlights more roasted malt with a small bitterness.
thejon375 (410) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared with Steve. Good scotch ale. Pours a deep amber color with thin white head. Had great malty caramel flavors with that little bitter sweetness on the finish.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very dark reddish brown with a thin offwhite head, reducing to a film rapidly. The nose is sweet with malt, some caramelization, and a bit of fruit. Maybe a suggestion of sulfur? Creamy full body with average carbonation. Sweet rich malt, creamy. Tons of caramel, some toast. A bit fruity. Tons of residual sugar here. The finish just has a touch of alcohol and is mostly fruity astringency. Some acidity, which I think of as odd for the style.
Dogbrick (8650) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Brew Kettle: This beer pours a dark amber color with a thin light tan head that recedes steadily. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, honey and dark fruits. Medium-bodied with flavors of dark malt, caramel and fruit. The finish is sweet and malty with an earthy and slightly alcohol-tinged aftertaste. Decent overall.
JoeMcPhee (8551) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Deep brown beer. Aroma is sweet and very caramelly. There is a bright note of butterscotch on the nose as well. A touch of molasses, dark malts and treacle. There is a kiss of plummy character and even a little bit of cocoa. It’s quite smooth and pretty easy to put back. Very malty and chewy.
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Publick House. Pours brown with small head. Aroma is roasted yet sweet upfront, later revealing more nutty notes. Flavor is soothingly malty, along with earthy and nutty notes. Remains creamy but surprisingly light on the palate, perhaps a perception aided by light hopping for balance? Overall, a good drinking beer.
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
August maroon-amber with a ruby underpinning topped by cloudy, faded head. Beautiful color, but a rather flat looking body. Wafts of deep malt, wood barrell, and caramel greet the nose. Pitch perfect for a Scotch ale. A touch of alcohol wiggles through. Flavor is a meld of caramel malt, and, unexpectedly, roast barley, lending some coffee grain to the body. Nutty caramel finish with a touch of dry wood and stickiness. One of the better scotch ales I have enjoyed for a while, and you would never guess it packs such a wallop.
drjay44 (2728) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours thin pale head of poor duration over a dark (SRM 25) clear reddish brown body.....nose is mild coffee, mild molasses, mild caramel.....taste is primarily sweet malts, with caramel, molasses and coffee predominating, mild smokiness drifted through, finishes with mild hop bitterness....mouth fell is medium, carbonation low. There are some "chemically" flavors that do not quite fit.
SpringsLicker (3169) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep dark brown with a tall, creamy tan head that cascades downward.
Rich caramel malt aroma.
Roast malts and caramel and molasses make up the flavor profile.