CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from this place that I canít remember the name of in Seattle. This beer has no head, and never did. The beer has a brown color with a ruby hue. Not much of an aroma here. I thought this would be a lot more pungent than it is. It does have somewhat of a leather aroma to it. Iím also smelling a very, very small amount of smoke. Hints of brown sugar mix in the with aforementioned aromas. This is very sweet and first and then it develops into a nice leathery roast flavor. A can taste a little burnt sugar, as well. I didnít notice it at first, but now when the flavor first hits my taste buds, I get a decent smoky flavor. This beer is mediocre, in my opinion. It could have be a little more robust. Glad to have tried, and not a bad beer, but itís a little underwhelming.
ChazMania (658) - Pasadena, California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iíve been looking forward to this since I first heard about it. Poured into glass; aroma- very little to none which I find rather surprising, only faint molasses. Appearance is nice, really dark red/brown yet clear, not a trace of cloudiness. Taste is straight up good scotch ale, a little caramel and brown sugar with just a hint of bitter. The palate/finish is really quite smooth especially considering its an 8.8% beer. Overall nice and enjoyable but not a mind blower.
Tmoney99 (11582) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured clear brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Heavy to heavy complex caramel malt aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and lively carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Drinkable complex brew.
LinusStick (2938) - 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.
RSRIZZO (1876) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle poured into a Snifter at 48į. Color is a deep dark amber with good carbonation and a small head. Aroma of sugar, roasted malt and alcohol. Medium body with a smooth mouth feel. Taste is sweet with flavors caramel, brown sugar and candied fruit. In the after taste there is just a hint of bitterness and a warm alcohol feel. Overall its an ok brew, but a little too sugary for me.
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
Mystery_Tramp (29) - USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I love these breweries. Pours a deep Amber/brown color. Not too much on the nose. Caramel and grain dominate the flavor with a hint of smoke. Clean finish with a subtle dryness.
brokensail (12286) - 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 (629) - 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.
bluejacket74 (1482) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/copper color with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. The brew smells like brown sugar, caramel, dark bread and some dark fruit. Nice, malty aroma. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some smoked malt, coffee and a bit of booze. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a little creamy and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, itís smooth and goes down easy enough. I think itís a solid brew.