Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Papago. Pours deep brown with a thin off-white head. The nose is roasted caramel malt, fruit, sweet brown bread. The taste is sweet malts, caramel, toffee and more fruits. Medium mouthfeel. Too sweet for my tastes.
mixmasterob (1037) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from CBX. Dark brown, burnt amber pour with a small white head. Faded quick. Aroma was rich caramel malts, some peat malt, and light smoke. Very nice. Flavors were also rich, good bit of caramel and light peat. Seems very authentic to me. Mouthfeel was full, carbonation medium to soft. Great scotch.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a lovely red and brown color. Very malty with a secondary hit of alcohol. Strong but light as well. A very woodsy, strong grain taste really lingers.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served from a 12 oz bottle from OTM. The appearance is a deep copper hue with a small light tan head. The aromas are a bit fruity. Some apple cider thing in there without much of a malt nose. The flavors are some caramelized malts, light amount of smoke, alcohol. As it warms the flavors are a bit more creamy caramel and a much better drink. The mouth is a touch hot, pretty full bodied. At first I wasn’t digging this brew but after it warmed a bit it was much better.
StefanSD (2288) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from bev4less. Pours a translucent red-brown color with a small off white head that soon fades to a fine ring. The aroma is weak with indistinct malts and some toffee. The flavor is malts forward with hazelnuts, pretzels and a small dose of hot alcohol. The palate is silky smooth with lively carbonation. Finishes medium in duration and dry. Overall: Not bad, but not real inspired either--tastes like a compromise.
alexanderj (3486) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap; pour a dark auburn color. Aroma of caramel, fruit, roasted malt and earth. Moderately sweet, earthy, roasted, peat and caramel-fruit. Solid
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 (619) - 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 (6010) - 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 (7121) - 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.
It’s interesting that there’s so little hops in the nose, considering the brewers involved. For me, on the surface, that’s a good thing. Sadly, though, there’s 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 that’s somewhat expected for the style. The biggest fault here is just being dreadfully dull and forgettable. There’s nothing that beckons further sniffs or sips.