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 (389) - 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!
RickTStiles (788) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours dark amber with a creamy off white head and some nice lacing. bready, somewhat bitter aroma. fruit forward and oddly hoppy flavor. bitter, grapefruit finish. This is a nice beer overall but I had no idea scotch ales could get this hoppy.
humulushound (242) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep cola-colored ale with a fine off-white head. Aroma is herbal, burnt caramel, light peaty notes and a hint of bitter hops. Flavor is sweet, earthy, spicy bitter hops with warming alcohol in the finish. Medium body with a oily texture. Nice warming wee heavy overall.
nuplastikk (4708) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Opaque burgundy-brown, with a respectable beige head. Smooth malt aroma, not much that I can discern, pretty mild. Big malt-centered body with lots of flavorful, sugary dark malt tones. Mellow, soft carbonation, quite true to style in it’s body. Rich and full, with some sticky, piny hop bitterness. A pretty nice Winter Ale in my opinion, well crafted...love to have it on tap.
luttonm (2439) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft 12/09 at brewpub. This one surprised me, in a good way. Creamy body with light spicing. Not over the top in the ’winter’ vein. The hopping balances everything nicely.
yemenmocha (658) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark gold to brown, almost iced tea color. Head is thin and does not retain for long.
Nose reminds me of herbs & iced tea, and those hard crusty cinnamon sticks that are sold to go with coffee (biscotti?)
Palate has brown sugar sweetness, alcohol, iced tea bag, some cinnamon, and finish has alcohol warmth.
cmonster (986) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2010 Bottle served in a snifter. Pours dark brown-amber in color with a short beige head. Shortish retention and decent spotty lacing. Fruit, floral, and caramel malts on the nose. The sweet flavor is mostly malty with a touch of roast of bittering hops. The fruit is there too. Nice mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-thick texture, soft carbonation, and a bitter, oily tasting finish. Good scotch ale.
madmitch76 (16117) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
11th October 2008. GABF. Aged in brandy barrels. Clear brown beer. Nice smooth brandyish malt. A little banana at the end. What’s not to like?
robdogg (4) - Alabama, USA - JAN 12, 2010 does not count
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2012 wow.. like other commenters, not sure how to describe the taste.. but one thing came to mind was "mildewed tree bark" - you know the odor you smell when walking through heavy Northwest forest in the wet season? that’s really what it reminded me.. quite malty as well, which I am not a big fan of.. so maybe that was part of it.. thankfully the palate was fairly light, and the taste didn’t linger too long.. was hard to finish..