jrob21 (2166) - 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 (408) - 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 (803) - , 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??
blklab2007 (1775) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2012 on the rear of the label. Pour has a dark brown color and a ring of off white head that fell right away. Aroma has rich browm malt, earth, nuts, dark brown sugar, oak, and sweet bourbon. Mouth feel is medium and the carbonation is extremely light. Flavor has some sweet bourbon upfront, old oak, dark brown sugar, rich malt, raisin, and a bit of oxidation. Really a big beer with a lot of richness and plenty brought in from the barrels.
superspak (1890) - Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, 2012 Winter solstice bottling. Pours very hazy and cloudy deep ruby red color with a small foamy head that lasts a second, and reduces to a thin lacing ring. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toast, brown sugar, raisin, prune, apple, pear, toffee, brown bread, tobacco, light pepper, leather, herbal, light nuttiness, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, raisin, pear, apple, prune, tobacco, brown bread, leather, herbal, light pepper, light nuttiness, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, raisin, prune, pear, apple, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, tobacco, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance and complexity of malt and fruity flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick and fairly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent scotch ale! Great complexity of malt and fruity flavors; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
Michbeerlover (124) - - MAY 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
2012 bottle. Pours a brownish orange with no head. Intense aroma of apple cider and slight alcohol. Taste matches aroma and is quite sweet. Mouthfeel is medium with no carbonation. I don't taste any alcohol at 11%. Reminds me of apple cider with no tangy bite. More like a strong juice than a beer.
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BeerandBlues2 (8442) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle received via trade with FlandersNed. Pours lightly hazy brown with a small, fizzy light tan head, short retention with no lacing. Aroma is caramel and toast malt, earthy hops, dates and figs with some oxidized sherry notes. Flavor is sweet and caramelized malt, faint hops and bitterness, lightly tart with dark dried fruits and a sweet finish. Full body and light carbonation.
sonnycheeba (2520) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours murky brown with thin, fuzzy white head; short retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malts, figs, dates, light toffee, floral hops, and faint toast. Flavor is sweet, bready malts forward with supporting dark fruit esters, floral notes, light spicy hops, and faint toast; dry, lightly sweet finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
deyholla (5370) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to my mom. Pours a clear deep amber grayish tan head that dissipates completely. Aroma has notes of musty grain and cereal with a bit of bourbon and raisin. Flavor has more raisin with some sweet grains and a bourbon.
5000 (5600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle for rating #4900:   Deep and dark caramel, thin tannish head, sudsy, spotty lacing.   Meaty nose of peat and campfire, some ash and charred wood.   Also some fig/date.   More fruity on the tongue than most, has a slight prunish tinge to it.   The peat and ash dont seem as strong on the tongue as the nose suggested.   As it warms I get very faint vanilla and toffee/caramel notes, likely from the bourbon barrel aging.   Body and mouthfeel are
moderate.   Doesn’t capture me as a big or hefty example, but its better than most.   Its more fruity for sure, and the backside has a slight sour tinge to it.   Decent overall, but not what I was hoping for based on the reviews.   Seems fairly average to me.