umich03jm (2057) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from trade with michaelinwa. Pours a cloudy darkish amber color with a small head that fades quickly. Aromas is a bit faint, caramel malt, toasted malt, grassy/earthy hops, and a hint of nuts. Taste is solid, nice caramel flavor and a moderate hoppiness, which is a tad unusual for this style but I think it helps. Finish is a bit off, leaves a metallic taste. Overall, an ok scotch ale.
Shink (177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Out of the bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a thin head. Smell is strong of roasted malts. Taste is roasted but a little thin and watery.
jnanakul (26) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is one of my go-to, local, winter beers. It’s amber in color with a minimal tan head. The aroma is faint and leaves a little to be desired; medium hop scent and slightly oakey. The flavor starts out a little sweet as it hits your tongue, then a scotch flavor takes over the top of the tongue. It finishes slightly bitter and even a little bit sour.
This beer is definitely in the scotch-ale category. It’s warms the throat as it goes down. It’s very cozy and comforting. It’s by no means the best beer I’ve had all year but I would place it my top 5 in the $7ish / 6 pack, winter beer category.
yespr (31485) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From tap at the brewpub. Pours clear and golden deep amber with a small tan head. Aroma is smooth roasted malty and caramelish. Sweet caramelish, light spiced and toasted malty. Sweet caramelish and smooth finish.
CampesinoTino (771) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Appearance is a cloudy reddish brown color with a half-inch of beige bubbles. The aroma is on the sweet and malty side with toffee, raisin bread and figs being the predominant notes. The taste has more of a smoky, iced tea flavor to it in addition to some caramel, toasted malt and citrus rind. The hops characteristics are mild but definitely balance out some of the stronger malt notes. Fairly smooth and easy drinking for the most part.
cblado (243) - Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark, hazy amber color. Aroma is caramel malt, toffee, and bitter alcohol. Flavor is malty with a great backside of hops. I dig.
michaelinwa (600) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2012 Pours very dark, nice head, light malty aroma. Taste is subtle notes of raisins, figs, toffee. Finish is slightly on the bitter side. This is a respectable winter ale, and one that I could have again, and I probably will seek it out. I’ll age a few, and try the next one at 2 years. Update 11/2012: sampled a cellared bottle one year old, and as expected it aged very well. Now has a more pronounced malt focus, less busy, and the aroma is considerably improved. Highly recommend this one be tried with a year on it. Given the ABV, I doubt it will go much beyond that, but I’ll check in one year.
Snegurochka (389) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampler Tray @Blue Star, Seattle 19.Dec.2008, with Stefan. Burgundy coloured body. Sweet and pleasant aroma of caramel, chocolate and a hint of plum. Full bodied and complex. Sweet and lingering finish. Perfect on a snowy Seattle evening! Yum!
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark mahogany with a thin beige head. Aroma of biscuity malt, dark fruit, a hint of alcohol. taste is sweet with some bitter hops and roasty malt. Medium thick body, full carbonation.
Gooney (388) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from New Seasons - Dark brown with a nice brown head. Surprisingly hoppy scent. Very smooth for a Scotch Ale. I may need to get more of this beer. Yummm!