hayduke (3317) - 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 (4781) - 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 didnít 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 (416) - 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.
alexanderj (3297) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; pretty lame name and packaging but got it on sale at bevmo. Poured a listless dark caramel color. Aroma of caramel, sweet malt, smoke and alcohol. A bit better than expected. Flavor had a lot of smoked malt, with alot of sweetness, caramel and fruit. Some earthiness in the finish, and a touch of alcohol. Surprisingly decent.
DarkElf (3033) - 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 (6303) - 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 (2039) - 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 (544) - 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 (10692) - 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.