jrallen34 (3485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle poured into my Darkness glass...Pours a deep and shiny mahogany, very nice. The head is light tan, only lasts for about a minute and leaves a very thin film behind. Light lacing. Actually pretty carbonated, just give it a swirl and watch it go...The aroma starts off with scotch mostly, a little rye, and peat creep in, semi malty. Ok, nothing special yet...Not a fan of the taste at all. Cheap scotch, burns, a little smoke on the finish. Mostly skunk and grain alcohol...The feel is really light, borderline water.
Not a huge scotch fan to begin with, but these does nothing to help change my mind, nor is it a good representation of the stye. Pass for me.
cfrancis (2559) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to Santa for this. Pours a dirty brown with a thinning white head. Little lacing. Aroma is boozy, dates and caramel. Taste is a blast of alcohol with some dates and caramel along with lots of malt. Sickly sweet and astringent in the aftertaste. I could do without this.
emacgee (4175) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clean copper brown with one finger of light tan head. Nose is bad, real bad. Probably infected, wangy fruit and burnt sugar. Vinous. Flavor is awful, tart and awful. Fail.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle] courtesy of Madvike. Thanks Matt! Pours a clear deep caramel brown with smallish tan head. Aroma is full of caramel, a touch of butterscotch, some light smokiness, and a touch of earthiness. The flavor is sweet, caramelly, moderate mouthfeel, just a hair too much carbonation, but otherwise a pretty nice beer. Pretty smooth with a sweet finish.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours a cloudy amber-brown colored body with a thin, creamy, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is some caramel, peat, earth, floral hops, and a hint of roast. Flavor is similar. Lots of caramels, peat, earth, florals, a light roast, some citrus, and a few berries. Finishes dry with a light bitterness from the peaty earth and a pleasant malt sweetness. Medium length aftertaste following a medium-full body and moderate, creamy carbonation. Overall, a solid scotch ale. Nice rounded flavor and easy drinking.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of MrPickles. Thanks, Andy! Pours a deep, reddish-mahogany color; thin, fine-bubbled light-tan head with light retention and lacing. Solid aroma: no overt alcohol showing, some candied red fruits and caramel notes; minimally hopped, but with a well-tempered maltiness that doesn’t seem imbalanced; neither simple nor particularly deep, a nicely rendered fruitiness and smooth malt presence in the nose; basically good, with increasing amounts of ethanol poking through as this warms up. Medium body; medium carbonation (maybe even a bit lighter than that); modest amounts of alcohol, and generally smooth; this really doesn’t feel like a particularly hefty beer, and I’d be very surprised if the alcohol was actually 9%; maybe 7.5%+; there’s a prominent note from the vinous ethanol that’s modestly warming, with a restrained malty core of (again) candied red fruits - cherries, plums - and light caramel notes; not particularly complex or nuanced, but that restrained sweetness is well-handled; there’s some slight staleness in the core malt character, as well as a light toastiness; overall, a solid, very modestly complex beer at (maybe) 9%, which would really just be over the top on the alcohol for how much flavor is actually in this beer. Medium finish of lightly stale malts, mild toastiness, and a lingering hint of caramel and darker malts.
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
How is this not ratted higher? Hands down the best scotch ale out there. Looks good tastes even better. Must get more before it is gone!
madvike (2972) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Fresh from the new batch. Kind of surprised on the so-so ratings for this one. Apparently they call this "liquid reefer" at the brewery, and I can see why. If nothing else, the beer looks tremendous, with a big fluffy light tan head sitting atop a deep, murky mahogany body. Bready, booze-soaked malts comingle with plum, peat, and a hint of black licorice. Despite the heat, the 9% is hidden very well. There are never any sharp edges to the booziness, and the intense maltiness balances it out. Not a lot of complexity in the flavor, but it’s smooth. Tons of sweet, bready malt with a whiskey heat and the slightest grassy hop presence on the finish. Pretty substantial and slick in the mouth, and carbonated nicely. Overall a fine beer, though not one whose complexity will wow you.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours hazy amber tan head n sour plum peach brown sugar, fl sour apple, peach, caramel, sour malt finish. Thin body.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear amber brown color with a tan head. Aroma is brown sugar, chocolate, toast, fruity, and slightly floral. Flavor is caramel, chocolate, toast, slightly tart finish.