DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 7, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
01-Dec-10 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 16-Nov-10 for $3.49 from BevMo in Solana Beach, CA) The bottle is filled to within a quarter-inch of the crown, and thatís when the beer is cold. As such, when the crown is lifted, it happens silently. The pour is pretty lifeless, only a thin sheen of off-white bubbles covers the clear, amber-red body, and this dissipates rapidly. Aromas of sweet, smoky malts and mild fruitiness in the nose lead into a beer that tastes very sweet, with flavors of caramel, brown sugar, dried fruits, and a hint of smoke and ashtray in the finish. Full bodied on the palate, heavy from the sugary sweetness, somewhat cloying, but rescued in part by the modest tartness. Carbonation is light, bordering on being flat, which doesnít help the cloying tendency any. Overall, this isnít a terrible beer, but it is sugary sweet instead of richly malty, and the general flavor isnít enjoyable; half a glass and Iím pretty much ready to move onto a different beer. Considering how much I love malty beers, this one is a disappointment.
marcus (5639) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from BevMo Arden. Pours dark brown with a reddish tinge. There is a smoky sour aroma and a thin beige head.The flavor is hearty smoked malt, slightly sour, with a bitter finish.
GG (2019) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle -
BevMo is pushing the hell outta these beers. Either they arenít selling well, or they know someone because they plunked these right on every aisle and at the checkout. So I bit and bought on for $4, not bad and actually money well spent. Pretty nice drop of suds. It didnít really strike me a a scotch ale, let alone a "double" scotch ale...more like a Strong Ale. Aroma of chewy caramel, nougat, and some prune juice. Some peaty/smoke notes do show up in the flavor, light molasses, some Tootsie Rolls and caramel. Medium sweetness helps the beer. Personal opinion is, with a few more tweaks, this can be a great beer.
arondee (503) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown color with a small white head. Aromas are caramel and malt. The taste is heavy on the malt with hints of scotch. The alcohol isnít noticeable. Itís a decent scotch ale that was easy to drink.
bhensonb (9866) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from BevMo. Pours ruddy dark amber with a little beige head. Sweet, smokey malt aroma. Med plus body. Flavor is treacle. Not getting smoke. Pretty much malt. Mild fruit/hop towards the finish, but mostly malt.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2010 $3.50 22oz from bevmo. 9% abv actually, breaking hermitageís run of 8ís! lol! pours a thin light brown. both the aroma and taste are a lil thin of what i expected. some chewy to the body, but there is a slightly tart and funky under tone to the taste. some cherry notes, slightly drying. i was expecting a smoother, heavier sweetness, but stil a pretty good brew.
mjg74 (2434) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from BevMo. Sweet nose. Somewhat earthy with some dark fruits in there. Sweet, with some roasted flavors. Smooth and easy to drink. Some toffee in the finish. Very well hidden alcohol. A little lacking in richness, but still pretty tasty.