riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nose of caramel, toffee, toast, green apples, and subtle hints of smoke. Pours brownish amber, thin head. The flavor has notes of caramel and toffee up front followed by green apple, light acididty, and a subtle hint of peat in the finish. Somewhat thin body for style. Kind of musty earthy yeast characteristic that i got in the wheat beer too. Interesting house yeast. Not bad though.
bb (7255) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Copper beer with a tan head. Malt and earth aroma with toffee and light fruitiness. Sweet malt and red fruit flavor with toffee and light smoke. Medium bodied. Sweet malt lingers with red fruit, earth, and toffee.
doublebock (521) - California, USA - MAR 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours translucent amber color with thin layer of foam. Malty caramel aroma. Sweet chewy malty flavors of cotton candy and burnt caramel. It also has as a very subtle peaty smokiness. Very easy drinking due to its relatively light body (for a beer that’s 9%).
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 18, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 oz from bevmo poured redish brown with a thin off whit ehead. big carmel and bread aroma. the flavor is what one would expect with a name like "maltopia" big bready malt, bits of carmel and burnt toffee. the finish is slightly acdic and thin as well as sticky.
Although not completly undrinkable if you like over sweet things, not that great as a scotch and pretty much a DP for me right now
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 7, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber. Pours clear maroon with a thin tan head. The nose is caramel, toffee and candied fruit. The taste is dark fruit, burnt caramel and light hops in the finish. Medium bodied. Not that good.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks to bhensonb. poured an attractive copper/mahogany with an off white head. aroma was caramel, orange, and peat. flavor was orange, peat, citrus, and maybe just a touch of brown sugar. body was medium with low-medium carbonation. a solid brew overall.
DYCSoccer17 (3448) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 28, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
22 ounce bottle purchased at BevMo in Vacaville, CA. The aroma on this is of anise, burnt rubber, and some lightly sweet, peated notes. I definitely get a good deal of fruity,estery hints as well. Not overly pleasant. Transparent ruby-amber body with a smallish off-yellow head. Starts astringent, tart, light acidic. A doughy, pretzel-like maltiness comes through in the middle. Moderate sweetness towards the end, a little toasty, too. Thin, overly carbonated, and just disappointing.
hayduke (3561) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a 22 oz bottle shared on a Facebook chat with Strykzone. It poured a vary clear mahogany color with a nice robust tan head that had good retention and left good lacing rings. The nose was very malty. Body was rich and solid, with a very smooth mouthfeel. Easy on the palate. Complex flavors with interesting nuances of chocolate, peat, molasses, and smoke. Finish is malty as befits its name. The alcohol is well hidden. This was a very easy to drink and frankly just delicious beer. I really enjoyed this one.
Strykzone (5350) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle via Hayduke. Shared on a Facebook chat. Pour was an attractive clear mahogany with a light tan head that didn’t last long. The aroma was, as expected, malt but with some molasses. Feel was substantial and somewhat fizzy. Flavor was really interesting. At first there would seem to be little to taste but then flavors began to roll over the tongue. They included chocolate, mint, molasses, cream, and some funk. This is the kind of beer that makes me love craft beer. It was tasty and was very challenging to identify the flavors it offered. I liked it!
bnoel09 (455) - Elk Grove, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into an English pint glass. Medium mahogany color with a slightly cloudy appearance and a tan head that quickly fades. Aroma is all malts as you might imagine: Hints of caramel, bread, toffee, etc. Flavor is also all malt starting with sweet caramel, transitioning to more bready and toasty notes through the middle, and finishing with more of a smoky flavor and light bitterness. Smooth texture and good carbonation level. I am not very familiar with Scotch Ales, but from what I have read of the style this seems to fit well. Overall this is a good beer that has a unique flavor compared to what I am used to. The smokiness sets this apart from most other beers I drink, but it makes for an interesting change of pace.
Final Note: This 22oz. bottle says 9% A.B.V., not 8% like the title information says.