Gorbalev (2917) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle says oak aged for 4 months. Acquired mid 2011. Thank you Colin and Kendra!! Lovely very dark pour, medium tan head. Strong bourbon, caramel, rich honey sweetness, molasses in very good aroma. Taste - lovely light bitterness up front, followed by intense dark fruit, sweet caramel and honey, rich vanilla, warming alcohol in finish. Wow, lots going on here. Substantial alcohol makes its presence known, as does the bourbon, but it is well balanced with a substantial base beer,( where many bourbon beers fail). Substantial and impressive.
Dixonian (1561) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle thanks to bu11zeye.
Reddish brown pour with a tan head. Aromas is sweet with oak, honey, and smoke. Flavor is wonderfully sweet and woody - caramel, dark fruit, and wood. ABV nowhere to be found.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Date: March 22, 2011
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: opaque dark brown, creamy beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma, touch of fruityness, light earthyness, hint of smoke
Flavor: sweet chocolate flavor, honey sweetness, plenty of balancing earthyness, touch of dark fruits brought out by the honey sweetness
Date: January 15, 2012
Source: Taco Mac, The Fred
Score: 3.1 to 3.6
Appearance: opaque dark brown, fine tan head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet and smokey aroma, caramel sweetness, earthy peat smoke
Flavor: rich honey and caramel flavor, candy sweetness, light fruityness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
tom10101 (2726) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2012 Bottle 750 ml . Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of vanilla, caramel and a bit of oak. Taste of caramel, vanilla, honey and oak in the finish (especially compared with the non-aged version). Palate is very rich and smooth, alcohol is well hidden. Definitely a very good beer.
Edited: Tasted in a blind Scotch Ale tasting on october 13th 2012 (my ranking in parenthesis): Rank # 1: Le Bilboquet MacKroken fût de chêne (# 3) # 2: Alesmith Wee Heavy (# 1) # 3: Cigar City Big Sound (# 2) # 4: À la Fût Corne de Brume (# 5) # 5: Dieu du Ciel Équinoxe du Printemps (# 4) # 6: Founders Dirty Bastard (# 6) # 7: Glazen Toren Canaster Winterscotch (# 7)
jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to Iguenard, 02/04/2012. Pours dark brown, near black, with thin half-finger white head that dies down, leaving splotchy lacing and hazy surface. Aroma of butterscotch toffee, subtle tartness, sweet caramel and vanilla, light presence of darker malts, dark berries, lovely oak finish. Taste is not as complex as the nose, but rich with buttery caramel and toffee, dark bread malts, becoming slightly fruity with warmth, but barrel notes not as evident. Palate is light for the ABV, but with a smooth creamy quality, alcohol unnoticed. This one was really quite a surprise, such an outstanding nose and nice smooth feel. Worth seeking out for Scotch ale fans.
rejtable (1273) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Man, what a beautifully big beer. Massive up front hit of caramel, toffee, and then backed up by a bold hit of bourbon, maybe rhum. Medium body in the mouth with medium to high carbonation.
GarnotingPete (777) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bière couleur de mélasse roussie, limpide, où flotte un fin col chamois traçant légèrement sur le verre. Des arômes complexes de fruits rouges, d’alcool et de caramel. Bien amère avec des pointes de sucre et d’acidité notables, ajoutant à la complexité des arômes. De corps fort, texture veloutée, effervescence fine, elle offre une fin interminablement aromatique avec une certaine astringence.
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour dark brown with beige head. Aroma oak, honey vanilla, caramel, dark fruit. Taste oak, vanilla, wood, honey, raisins. MF medium good good carb. Really tasty brew not to overbearing well done.
cfrancis (2331) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with a fine frothy beige head. Aroma is caramel, boozy and figs. Taste is fairly smooth, caramel and malts. Oak is hard to find. I expected more.
mar (4825) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. brown pour with a cream ring. dark fruits, chocolate, light yeast, and spices. nice on the palate, thick caramel, dough, and light wood.