noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep mahogany pour, thin white head, only temporary lace. Aromas of apple cider and cream soda. Varied malt profile on the favor: cracker, cider, biscuit, fig. A strong dose of bittering hops balances any would-be sweetness but adds little in the way of hops aromatics. Interesting harmony of smoke and bubblegum. One flaw is an underlying cardboardiness. Medium body, drinks smooth and warm.
hopscotch (9380) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
BottleÖ Murky caramel-colored ale with a small creamy, off-white head. The earthy, malty, acidic nose is of caramel, dry leather, lactic acid and black cherries. Full-bodied with soft carbonation. Tastes infected to me - unless itís wood aged - in which case, itís still infected, but in a purposeful way. Itís fairly tangy and Iím not convinced that any Scotch ale should be this acidic. Also, lots of caramel and black cherries, but itís every bit as tart as it is sweet. Finishes tangy and dry. Hmmm? Iím confused by this one and Iím not certain this is what the brewer intended, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Thanks to Skyview for the bottle!
lb4lb (2552) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle in trade from wisrarebeer. Thanks! Pours clear dark amber maroon with short lived beige head. Smell is earthy, nutty, malty and a bit peaty. Taste is smooth, chocolate and caramel maltiness, and slightly tart and peaty with a touch of hops. Creamy soft mouthfeel and carbonation with a medium to full body. Really not too bad, and pretty good as Scotch ales got, but this one didnít make me love them.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
creamy. not too sweet. bitter.earthy but not too much of the peat or smoke. I say wll done but not a big leap forward past warped speed which is a less expensive classice with a coffe note added in.
Ibrew2or3 (7050) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Gillard. Pours deep brown with light tan head. The aroma has musty dark fruitiness, solid earthiness and sticky mushed up stale berries. The taste is bold and very inviting. Yum. Tasty rich mildly roasted maltiness starts things off followed quickly by firm earthiness. Toward the finish a layer of berry fruitiness and tart fruitiness picks up the flavor and carries this puppy to closure.
sebletitje (6859) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of gillard.
Pours amber, beige head.
Aroma, caramel, suagry.
Taste, malty, chocolat / caramel notes.
Found the beer to be quite enjoyable.
ChainGangGuy (4395) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish body with a small, wispy, ivory-colored head.
Smell: Toasty caramel malts, but I’m left wanting an integral peat character. What gives? I never pick up much in the way of peat, be it the aroma or flavor.
Taste: Toasty caramel maltiness with a middling sweetness. Sip of frothed fruit juices accompanied by a slight, slightly displeasing tartness. Some hop bitterness can’t manage to shake the tartness from the taste. Picks up an odd astringency near the end. Finishes dry. Bleh.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A pretty poor offering. PASS.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2008
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: cloudy dark amber, wispy beige head, streaks of lace,
Aroma: dry dark charamel malt aroma kept dry with lots of earthy character, peppery alcohol,
Flavor: dry caramel malt flavor, dry earthy and astrengent bitterness, light tartness grows to be the dominant character, long bitter finish,
Overall: not a good day for Louie
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 2/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 5/20
I would like to rerate this beer.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Slightly cloudy ruby-copper color, thin layer of soapy white head. Malty sweetness on the aroma, along with some mild English hops, vaguely grassy. Rich malts apparent on the taste wit an earthy finish. Did not taste like 9%. Lacks the depth of the better Scotch ales.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JUL 5, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a clear, garnet edged chestnut body with a small beige head that quickly falls into a cap and film. Aroma of Heather honey, buttery toffee, and very old Scotch. Solid medium body has a subdued carbonation that is smooth and warming. Taste has a dominant maltiness of toffee and caramel, accented by some grassy hops and a faint note of char. Warming alcohol is felt. Nicely done.