dmac (4274) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle that was oak aged for four months, this was a bonus bottle from glouglouburp that we never got around to opening Saturday night at Kramer’s Campground Brewdown. Poured a dark murky tootsie roll brown with an average foamy super light beige head. Aroma of vanilla, booze, honey, slight smoke, peat, toffe, floral notes(old flowers), wet dark toast. A bit thinner bodied with very soft subtle carbonation, and some alcohol heat. Flavor of barrel and booze, vanilla, perfumey flowers, melted bourobon with cherry, tartness and a touch of white wine. Solid beer but the aroma is far superior to the flavor.
mcberko (7443) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks Dany), pours a dark mahogany with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel, wood, oak, light whiskey and flower notes. Flavour of caramel, whiskey, wood and low sweetness for a scotch ale. Very highly carbonated , much more so than the non-oak-aged version. The booze is not hidden at all - feels more like 14-15%. Quite decent but lots of flaws.
BeerGolem (716) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 750 ml. Pours dark brown with a medium biege head. Aroma: caramel toffee, dark fruits, vanilla, oak, raisin, red wine and lactose (?). Really impressive. Taste: same flavour as aromas. Intensively sweet, with slight acidity. Lacks a little balance, but not much. Full bodied beer. Some warming alcohol. Overall, a really impressive product!
Sam_Sicotte (33) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Verse une bière brune foncée, opaque. Le col est mince et couleur beige. Au nez, des effluves d’alcool, de fruits mûrs, poires, chêne et caramel. En bouche, chocolat, fruits mûrs et une finale de bourbon. Très beau produit, bien équilibré et complexe.
Gorbalev (2966) - 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 (1562) - 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 (10884) - 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 (3157) - 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 (1104) - 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 (1455) - 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.