DialSquare (2917) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Andersons in Sylvania. Murky brown pour with a half inch light tan head. Aroma is big and brown - molasses, dark fruit, sugar, scotch. Tastes are more of the same with caramel, dark bread and some spices. Sweet, but not overly so and covers the alcohol well. Nice little sipper.
pumpkin (28) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle date December 2010. Beer pours reddish brown, small head which fades pretty quick, small white lace. smells of raisin, fruity malty and slight caramel , very light carbonation almost flat, taste not to heavy, slight warming and nutty taste. Just ok
PhillyCraft (3441) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pour is plum red/purple. Small head that went away quickly. Aromas and taste is very malty, notes of cherry, raisin, candy sugar, and caramel. Carbonation is moderate. This was a very bready and rich scotch ale. Not on the same level as a Wee Heavy from Alesmith or McChoufe but still a drinkable scotch. Warming in the body. Decent collaboration from Stone, Pizza Port, and Green Flash.
tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Real good beer. Sadly the nose outdoes the flavor on this one. The nose has this deep, strong, rich, condensed malt aroma... almost like a malt jam. Just incredible, with a hint of bread and smoke. The flavor flattens out a bit, offering you simply nice caramel malts in a standard, but well-done scotch ale style. Nothing fantastic on that front to give it an 8 or a 9.
micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a chestnut color some ruby high lights and is quite nearly opaque. A dencent foamy cap with good rentention. Aromas are pretty standard some roasted malts sweet toffee and a light scent of butter or diacetyl. Tastes good with toffee malts in the lead. Some hints of roasted malts and maybe a suggestion of smokiness. The end finishes with a molasses taste and warming alcohol. A medium bodied ale that has a smooth and soft feel. A good beer made nicely to style.
arminjewell (6434) - Hastings, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour on tap at Muddy Waters, hazy reddish pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of peaty smoke, hints of caramel, toffee, hints of nuts, touch of nuts and earth, slight grass. Taste is a nice mix of caramel, smoke, hints of nuts, touch of toffee, slight sweet fruits, finishing fairly sweet but dries out fairly well. Nice!
QuezXLV (401) - Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy brown body and thin bubbly head. Oak barrel in the aroma and a big floral. Tastes a little flat, but this could be due to cellaring this too long. Very malty flavor.
Gription79 (2311) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Poured cloudy without head. Malty, leathery, raisins, fruity alcohol, toffee, caramel. A nice Scottish ale with just a touch of hot alcohol.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: Scented soft candies with fruit juice in a bottle. Acceptable.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed 6 months after purchase, but almost one year after bottling if only one batch of this beer was made
The look: Cloudy burgundy body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose shows a foundation of sweet malts but also a surprisingly strong flowery/perfumy component. Taste has soft creamy toffee, soft aromatic candies (similar to jelly beans), fresh juicy fruits, soft liquorice candy. The fruitiness here was all over the place and I noted bananas (!!!), darker fruits and even kiwis. For a scotch ale the sweetness sensation was rather low. I think this is a well made beer, but it is just not my kind of beer. Named after a state highway that I assume connects these three California breweries, and thanks to the USA Interstate Highways it is now possible to travel all around the country without seeing anything.
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells like olives. Pours nice dark - meaty looking. A little watery mouth feel. Oaky, scotch flavor....buttery.....maybe butter-scotch? A terrific, bold beer.