vyvvy (5887) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was much better than I expected. Pours very dark brown with a reddish hue through when held to the light. It had a rocky sudsy tan tan. The aroma has very toasted malt, spice, coffee like bitterness and thick breadiness. It is very hearty, but dry for the style. Medium / thick body that’s smooth and silky with lots of semi-soft carbonation. The taste has the aroma traits along with dark caramel and toffee. It is very rich, thick and full flavored. While it is rich the sweetness is much less than most scotch ales. The finish is doughy with caramel and toffee as the heaviest traits. Very nicely done.
Chef Chad (104) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I am not getting much on the nose.... let me swirl it .... some malt... some plum.... not much that I can noticed... Pours amber brown with a small white head.. Beautiful carbonation that is a dream to have.. Intensely smooth and crisp finish... Flavor is spot on malty for this scocth ale drinker and lover.. Great plum notes.. not too sweet and balanced..It finish a tad sour but it really makes tis brew stand out on taste. aroma and appearance are not enough for me to rank a beer bad... It really is all about taste and if you would drink it again... the answer to that question is.. YES
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smoky malt aromas with dark cola colors and a fizzy grayish tan head. Flavors are wood, smoke, dark malt, sweet caramel and sweet roasted qualities, some peat and earth. Pretty good duration on a medium palate. Tastes like camping on a cool fall or spring day. Pretty good.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottled march 3, 2009.
pours very dark mahogany brown.... almost in porter territory. it is clear and is topped by a soft almond colored head and lots of drippy trails.
aromas of toasted nuts, brown sugar (a little bit caramelized), roasty grain, a dry earthy stink and some soft sweet smelling smoke.
the palate is not sweet... though it is really malty. flavors of brown sugar, chocolate covered roasted nut clusters like my mother in law makes, earth, a faint sourness and a dry spicy finish. the alcohol burns a bit (unusual?) and there is a note which is almost savory...maybe musky.
it is medium bodied with a richness in the mouth feel. however, the prickly carbonation and alcohol spice keep it really enjoyable. 7/3/7/3/15/3.5
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pouirs cloudy dark brown with a smallish head. Aroma is dark roast with some dried fruit. Mouth feel is medium in body and light on the carbonation. Flavor is sweet, but complex with raisin, some cherry and alcohol. Hops are barely present, which is appropriate for the style. All around a good scotch ale.
thefrutigers (105) - , Arizona, USA - MAY 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Well it poured Dark brown with a medium head that did not last. Sweet malty smells with hints of molasses and brown sugar. Sweet malty carmely flavor. I would say medium mouth feel for me. I have no complaints about this one. Easy to drink. This would go great with a spicy dish.
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled on Date March 2009; Sampled April 2009
A full pour produces a thick, creamy, three-finger, amber tinged, almost brownish, dark tan colored head. The beer is a deep amber color with some dark brown hues. It shows a brilliantly clear, deep ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a rich toasty malt character to it, a touch of roast even, with lots of concentrated dark fruitiness (raisin, prune and bright berry aromatics), a caramelized malt sugar note as well as a touch of brown sugar. I don’t get any sense of any hop aromatics in the nose. The aroma is definitely big and malty (exactly what you want from this style of beer); it is sweet up front but finishes with a drying, solid toasted malt character.
The beer has a full malty mouthfeel to it with a definite chewy, caramelized sweetness, but it is not nearly as sweet as the rich body might have suggested. This is fairly well carbonated for the style, but it could be a touch less, though it is still light by American standards. Sweet, complex malt notes accentuate a rich fruit character that has me tasting notes of raisins, light cherry, berries and, in combination with a touch of warming alcohol, even some brandy like flavors. There is a light herbal hop character here as well as a touch of light bitterness in the finish. The bitterness is also boosted just a bit by a slight toasted / roasted grain note.
This beer has a really nice richness to it; malty and thick without being overly sweet. The rich concentrated fruit really adds to this beer and the touch of hops adds just enough balance to the over all profile.
cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 20, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle poured in a snifter. Black coffee in color, with a big rootbeer head that leaves quite a bit of lacing as it dissipates. Stout-like, without the chocolate, with an aroma dominated by sweet malt and a hint of pit fruit. Medium body and an soft but oily texture and finish. Tastes of bitter, charred coffee and prunes, with a slight hop bite.
dalekliz (912) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing! Pours a deep reddish-brown with an off-white ring. Rich aroma, of wood, malt, and sugar. Taste of wood, malt, grass, and chocolate-caramel. Lingering sharpness. Very nice.
BeerandBlues2 (12193) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with an average, fizzy, light brown head, somewhat diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, cookie, nutty), light hop (dry grass), average yeast (earth, broth) with notes of figs, brown sugar, and wood. Full bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation, and an astringent finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.