GarrettB (1476) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2015 September 11th, 2013 - A beer of this calibre, and at this price ($17.99, California) is typically out of my range. But it’s my birthday month, and a luxurious beer is better than a cake at my age. The Highway 78 Scotch Ale is a promising way to celebrate. The style is one of my favorite, and the bottle demonstrates all the pedigrees of an expensive collaboration. Once poured it looks a great deal like a pint of Coca-Cola. Large bubbles stick to the side of the glass, sitting just below the thinnest of mottled heads, and the body is that familiar semi-clear liquid that we’ve all seen splashed, swirled and slurped in a million Coke commercials. The aroma is dominated by hickory, hickory smoke, and wood, almost so as to snell like Virginian pipe tobacco. The hickory notes return on the tongue where they present as slightly sour. A mild to medium weight palate is closer to a flat carbonation than I would have expected, but the silence of the mouthfeel reveals other subtle flavors like juniper, blueberries, black pepper, and beef jerky. The traditional caramel sugars of the scotch ale don’t appear here, nor does the whiskey burn of the barrel, but these are replaced with new and interesting flavors - a wonderful birthday gift.
September 8th, 2012 - Also on display at Green Flash’s fair weather festival was a collaborative scotch ale - strangely dark for the drinking environment, but a sticky, boozy addition nonetheless. It has all the smells and scents of a good scotch ale: dark malt, brown sugar, caramel, apple and pumpkin spice, and a heavy whiff of alcohol. And the flavor has it too, with a heavy emphasis on burnt caramel and cacao nibs, giving this brew a whole spectrum of sweet flavors that it can play on: dark fruits to chocolate and back again. At this point in my craft beer drinking career, this is a new and novel approach to the scotch ale, with a nicely balanced level of alcohol that satisfies the drinkers and keeps excessive sugars at bay.
miquelcrush (2049) - Granollers, SPAIN - APR 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cervesa presa al Hoppy Loft del Delirium Cafe, molt recomanable, tocs dolços i a fusta.
Cerveza tomada en el Hoppy Loft del Delirium Cafe, muy recomendable, toques dulces y a madera.
Lothore (624) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- Pours a deep mahogany with a thin, off white head.
S- Caramel, fig, dark fruit, raisin.
T- Lots of fig and raisin, grainy undertones, more of a bitter finish than i am used to with scotch ales but it rounds the sweetness out nicely.
M- Thick with medium carbonation.
D- I enjoyed this beer a lot. Usually i’m not a fan of scotch ales (although I can definitely appreciate them) but I think this was one of the better ones in recent memory.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle on 03/21/2011 from Charleston Beer Exchange. Dark amber body with ruby highlights and a medium creamy tan head. Sweet earthy malt aroma with some caramel, peat and floral hops. Sweet earthy malt flavor, some caramel, floral hops and a dry bitter finish. Medium full body with moderate carbonation.
PriorL (3069) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2014 TAP at Chez Moeder Lambic during "Moeder Lambic Vs. Stone".
Only found back scores, not ratings.
Update drank this again.
APPEARANCE: clear very dark blond beer, small unstable off white head.
NOSE: caramel, alcohol, little fruity.
TASTE: caramel, alcohol, rather sweet.
ManvsCity (183) - Redmond, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep red/brown with thin off-white head that rapidly dissipates. Aroma of mesquite, raisins, a sweet smelling Scotch. A burst of flavor up front, rich malts, slight sweet smokiness, and a bit of alcohol. No detectible hop presence, but finishes a tad dry. A pretty serious Scotch Ale.
rederic (3256) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, deep ruby-mahogany color, with a tan-colored head, with a nice sweet grainy toasted, bready, caramel, biscuity malty, caramel bran muffin nose, with some light muesli cereal, toffee, brown sugar accents, with some faint sugar pie, date square, fruity dried raisin, date, caramel pudding, soft granola bar, crust pie notes in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a warmth yeastym sweet grainy toasted, bready, caramelized, biscuity, pale cerealic malty, barley sugar, brown sugar character, with some bran muffin, faint granola bar, toffeeish, All Bran cereal, brown chocolate bar, caramel soft oat cookie flavours, leading towards a warming, sweet grainy toasty, bready, caramel, biscuity maltiness, bran muffin, dark dried fruit, brown sugar finish.
princevassago (7) - Poway, California, USA - SEP 1, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tastes just like scotch. The best $26 I’ve ever spent, got it for my buddies first fathers day.super worth it
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
3/20/2011: Green Flash / Pizza Port Carlsbad / Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale... Aroma: Really nice caramelized maltiness with undertones of coffee, cacao nibs, and milk chocolate; just a touch smoky, too. Appearance: Burnished deep red-orange color with a large, frothy beige-colored head that quickly gathers from the generous carbonation; nearly opaque with nice, shiny highlihgts. Flavor: Sweet, syrupy maltiness infused with heavily caramelized goodness along with some roasted malts, molasses, tobacco, and chocolate nibs; rum-bourbony booze in the finish with just a splash of bitterness to round everything out and keep the sweetness in check. Palate: Medium-full body; smooth texture; slightly syrupy body; really nice mouthfeel with some heft to it. Overall: Delicious! This is an impressive Scotch Ale that definitely fits what I like and expect from a good one!
12 fl. oz. bottle (8.8% Alc/Vol) from Dutch’s in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rating #392 for this beer.
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Forgot I even had this. 2011 collab bottle. Nutty and sweet with a bit of booze and a range of toasted caramel and toffee flavors. Very nice. Never had a chance to try it when it was younger, though.