Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A beautiful beer, clear very dark redish amber. Thick, sweet maltiness to start, smooth throughout with a nice touch of alcohol at the end. A damn good beer.
hamilton23 (608) - Alpine, California, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle. Pours dark copper/brown. Aroma is smoked peat and some toffee. Taste is toffee, caramel and smoked peat. This is missing some sweetness that I usually enjoy in a scotch ale. Not a bad effort.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose of toasted malts, toffee, light peat, light fruits(apple, pear, apricot). Malty but not over the top. I actually enjoyed the aroma. Pours hazy darker copper/amber, thin head, light lace. The flavor is malty with toasted malts, toffee, apple, caramel, earth, a hint of peat and mild bitterness. Full smooth body with some residual sweetness hanging around. I liked it.
Ernest (6218) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark amber to medium brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, nuts), lightly hoppy (apricot), with notes of gum and alcohol.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Itís interesting that thereís so little hops in the nose, considering the brewers involved. For me, on the surface, thatís a good thing. Sadly, though, thereís not much of anything else in the nose either. Lots of caramel and not much else. Very syrupy sweet in the mouth, but not unbearably so and at least thatís somewhat expected for the style. The biggest fault here is just being dreadfully dull and forgettable. Thereís nothing that beckons further sniffs or sips.
matthewjk (909) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up single 12oz for premium price - First off, not as aggressive and assertive as one might think. Sometimes collaborations means compromise. Incredibly smooth. I think this represents a nice scotch ale that anyone could drink. Hop & malt balance near perfect. Alcohol hint--basically none for 8.8%
dukeredhair (242) - California, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad. Not what youíd expect from these guys but thatís good right? The taste is sweet with a bit of burn from the 8.8% ABV. Malt all the way. Nicely complex. Head didnít linger too ling which surprised considering all that malt. Mouthfeel was thick and nice. Overall not bad for the price but not good enough to hunt down.
LinusStick (2854) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Blah. A bland and boring Scotch ale. Aroma was next to nothing. Could pick up some caramel malt and just a slight hint of dark fruit. Pour was a nice deep ruby with no bubbles and a thin off white ring for a head. Taste was not very full. A thin mix of caramel malt, earth and vegetation. A slight toffee aftertaste comes out as it warms but is very weak. Decent carbonation. Very average.
brokensail (10916) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: This one pours a dark amber color with a creamy color tan head.
S: There is a really mild nose to this beer. The usual Scotch ale aromas of caramel and toasted malts, with a touch of nuttiness. Some dark fruits (mostly cherry and plum), and a mild toffee character.
T: Sweet toffee and dark fruits--in this case itís cherry and raisin--with a bit of alcohol flavor. A nice breadiness and a very light/minimal bitterness. A very faint peat flavor is noticeable at certain points of the drinking experience.
M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: Not a bad beer by any sense, but just really uninteresting and bland. Too bad because Pizza Port has a great Scotch Ale in Way Heavy.
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. Pours thick caramel red-brown, almost no foam, body thick and souply like many a home brew. Aroma is very faint... perhaps a touch of pine? Hard to say, canít pick much up via scent. Taste is rich and full of scotch pine, some citrus notes, and an odd finish I canít quite place. Itís almost like vanilla and anise mixed together. Oh well, interesting brew. ABV is quite well hidden till the final burn. Decent stuff.
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was excited to try this because all three breweries rate very high in my book. Aroma is not very strong, but there are hints of a smoky roast malt that I can detect. The appearance is a very dark brown/red color. The taste is leathery, with malt being the front flavor, however; I still taste a very light hop which balances the beer well. I feel this beer should have been a little more distinct, but based on their idea for the beer Iíd say they have done well. Good beer, not great