htzpah (28) - - APR 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Weak head, aromas of bacon, ham, deli meat. deep red color.
Taste is fruity, punch, aftertaste that lingers is one if crisp apple, and cherry.
Best Scottish Ale I’ve tasted hutherto.
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle thanks to Crajun. Poured a beautiful deep amber into a snifter. Huge nose of candy, dark fruit, caramel & booze. Big malt forward flavor, the peat is subtle but the boozy sugars are quite present.
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jkwood04 (3429) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 12oz bottle in a thistle. Pours deep ruby/brown with a cream-colored head. Aroma of chocolate and toffee and cereal from the malts, some bourbon and oak, slightly roasted malts, hints of vanilla and spices, and some light dough. Flavor the same with a nice blend of it all. Smooth, thicker texture.
kevinator (717) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Truly tasty. The aroma was sweet with oak and bourbon. Dark burgundy as the description suggests with a thin head. Smooth and velvety with good weight. The carbonation was appropriate. Great blend of strong flavors with sweet burnt malts, woody and bourbon. The bitterness was not high but just enough. Great after-dinner drink. Alcohol was well hidden. A must try.
tectactoe (1173) - Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap: deep ruby & mahogany tones all around with a super small spattering of gray & khaki-tinted bubbles sifting along the top. Aroma packed with fruity esters, grapes, dates, plums, red apple skins, & mild back-end anise. Hidden underneath is a solid helping of toasty toffee, mild nuts, & a hint of peppery phenol, likely from the yeast. Taste hits with sweet malt & brash yeast up front; toffee, licorice, plums, lightly vinous grape skins, faint molasses... Finish is more yeast heavy with white pepper, spicy & fruit esters, & mild phenol. Lots of sticky toffee & a hint of nuttiness in the finish. Reminds me of a Scotch ale that uses Belgian yeast. Good all around, but nothing earth-shattering.
matt7215 (2111) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle shared by jsprime. amber with almost no head. under carbed. a solid if uninteresting big amber ale. punches below its weight.
JStax (2622) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle thanks to umich03jm. Thanks! Pours a dark amber with a beige head of foam that dies down at a moderate rate. The aroma has a ton of malt character. Sweet caramel, some booze, toffee. Taste is more of the same with big notes of caramel and toffee, but there’s also some dark fruit character here as well. As it develops in the glass, it really mellows out and gets that raisin and fig characteristic that I love from old English Barleywines like Thomas Hardy’s. The mouthfeel on this is smooth and chewy with a lower carbonation. Mouthcoating without being heavy.
jrob21 (2352) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz from umich03. Deep brown color with a red hue. Aroma is a little bourbon with some wood an vanilla. Flavor is smooth and candi sugar caramel. Deep rich flavors. Smooth and subtle nice. Good scotch ale base beer with that flat cola flavor I love. Been liking for this for a while and it was worth the wait.
demmbonz (451) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz to snifter. Dark brown but crystal clear. Very minimal carbonation. Sweet and syrupy. Malty delicious. Maybe even a little root beer. Subtle barrel aging. Alcohol well hidden. Delicious.
crajun (894) - , Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 bottle recd in trade from umichjo3. This is a notch or two below Founders backwwods and Rahr Iron Thishtle in my book. The aroma was caramel, alcohol, and sherry -wtf?? nice palate. Taste was malty but not sweet with a much malt. ever so slight sherry at end that is just out of place??