dmac (4958) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from Scott. Poured a super dark brown body with a smaller foamy light beige head. Aroma of wet camp firewood, metal, earth, peat, green peppers. Fuller bodied with stronger carbonation and an acidic feel. Flavor is a tad better than the aroma, notes of wet smoke, wet raisins, mud, peat. Not bad but there is a touch of sweetness that I’m not used to in my Scotch ales.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Flying Saucer Sugar Land
Pours a slick, glossy mahogany with an aroma of saliva-on-the-nose peat. Flavor is peaty plumb and caramel. Slick on the palate. Meh.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAY 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2012. 12oz bottle. Deep mahogany, thin white head. Sweet malt aroma, nice toasted character, light smoke, some bubblegum. Loads of alcohol in the nose, whoa. Taste is loaded with dark malt sugar. Dominated by dark fruit. A huge Wee Heavy for sure! Finishes like a Quad, loads of burn. Overall a good substitute for a Belgian Strong. Betters as it warms...(3344)
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2012 Tap pours copper brown red with lasting off white head. The aroma is mild with mostly toasted malt flavors. The taste is smooth but big and grainy. There is a nice mellow chocolate up front with a raisin date murky fruit behind it and a lingering toasted and roasted grain. There is enough bitterness to contend with the grain but what little hay and grass like hop flavors you get are overcome by grain and alcohol. A solid effort but finishes a bit basic, good for leinenkugel though.
Tmoney99 (12407) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Poured dark clear brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate duration. Good complex brew.
mustardman (4) - st charles, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
almost a red tint to the otherwise dark leather color with a beige head. a gentle toasted malt aroma. The high alcohol content is masked beautifully by the semi sweet caramel roasted malts.
italianjohn (2599) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear reddish mahogany pour thin layer of off white to khaki head ... aroma of sweet chewy caramel malts, roasted malts, molasses .... taste is of smoked peat malt, sweet sugary caramel malts, roasted malts, molasses with a light bitter bite at the end .... finish is dry malty and thin .... something odd about this brew abv hidden well though
mar (5064) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
at big texas beer fest. deep amber with a cream head. nose is peat, smoke, rich malts, toffee, and caramel. chewy palate, heavy peat, light fruit, caramel, and a toffee finish.
nimbleprop (6341) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 17, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle pours a translucent copper amber with one ring of off white head. Nose is overly estery for a scotch ale, figs, butterscotch, cola, candy sugar, banana, clove. Actually smells more like a Belgian quad than a scotch ale. Flavor is a cross between a scotch ale and a quad, first flavors are massive fruit flavors, dates, figs, Belgian candy sugar, but there is also a bit of smoke, caramelized meat, bananas, cloves, bubblegum. There is a bit more malt in the flavor, but the yeast esters really over power everything else. Full bodied, sweet finish. Not my type of scotch ale.
rougeau13 (2275) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear brownish caramel color with a thin head. Aroma of sweet malt, alcohol, syrup, and smoke. Taste is smokey caramel and syrup with some chocolate flavor and a relatively strong, but complimentary, alcohol presence. Medium-full bodied, pretty smooth and a bit boozy. Nice, it’s not too sweet, which is a fault (to me) of many scotch ales. I’m really shocked that this is a leinenkugel. This is well above the other leinenkugels that I’ve tried. I know it’s a special release and all, but it’s WAY above the others.