LinusStick (3223) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A decent scotch ale. Aroma was all malt, though not as heavy as a 9.5% beer usually is. Pour was a dark and murky brown with a one finger near tan head. Taste was roasted malt, peanut and burnt charcoal with a sweet sticky caramel aftertaste. The problem with the flavor was the finish. A slightly watery finish with just a slightly sweet aftertaste. Decent carbonation.
Chudwick (2779) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle - pours a clear and deep amber with thin orange head. Nose is caramel, wood, alcohol and banana. Flavor is roasty caramel, chocolate and butterscotch. Taste is sweet and a bit bitter. Easy to drink with sticky to oily texture. I wouldn’t be surprised if this gets a bourbon barrel release (If not already).
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear garnet tineted brown with a thin, biege head. Aroma is peat smoke, caramel, tofee, light woody notes, floral and pine hops, yeasty white bread, a touch of coffee and a boozy mint note. Flavor is more peat smoke, sweet malt, caramel, light toffee, cereal grain, meaty salinity, a good amount of dark fruit, tons of campsite rain soaked wood and white bread crust. Palate is medium bodied, syrupy to oily on entry, has a very light, but pretty sharp and blanketing carbonation and neutral, oily and numbing (from the sharp carbonation) finish. Pretty damn good, though a bit clumsy with its palate. Smells quite nicely smokey.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark red pour, thin dissipating off white/tan head, aroma brought notes of figs, plums, dark fruits and dates, hints of anise, and caramel, slight hint of smoke, touch of earth and grass, but a pretty sweet aroma overall. Taste is a mix of dark fruits, with plum, dates, some hints of anise, caramel and toffee, hints of grass, finishes with a hint of smoky notes and fairly sweet.
Pailhead (6385) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, light-moderate smoke, and a hint of fruit. It pours a dark amber that’s transparent when held to the light. It has a 1/2 finger khaki colored head. About a minute later it fades to a thin film outlined by a thicker ring. Some minimal wispy lacing is left behind. The flavor starts with molasses, brown sugar, and light caramel. It finishes light-moderately fruity with some hints of chocolate and smoke. It’s medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, the aroma gave me high expectations, but I thought the flavor that followed was a little bit of a letdown. However, for a style that hadn’t been doing anything for me lately, I found this one of the better Scotch Ales that I’ve had in quite a while.
topherh (1923) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark amber with an off white head. Aroma is sweet malt and some smoke. Flavor is caramel, brown sugar, light roast, and a little smoke. Finish is rather dry with the alcohol well hidden.
48FanInCali (848) - California, USA - APR 10, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Brown pour with decent short lasting head. Nose of sweet malt, toffee, and not a lick of hops. Taste is sweet but with a kick of band aid which hurts an otherwise good beer. A little thin on the palate as well.
vtafro (6554) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Brown pour with slight tab head. Smoky, peat, woody aroma with scotch overtones. Finishes with vanilla, woody scotch, light cocoa and smoke tones. Nice scotch.
ChainGangGuy (4772) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle - Total Wine & More in Atlanta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a dark amber-hued body, fair clarity, and a small, abruptly short-lived, off-white head.
Smell: Darkened, sweetish malts, a bit of honey-scented cereal, finely-ground spice dusted atop, and a fruityish sniff of almost imperceptibly earthy cherrywood-smoked malt, but also some added dark fruits and a little peppery alcohol hint of sweet vermouth. Reminds me of a pipe tobacco I had a couple years prior. Kinda.
Taste: Pale, toasty malts given a crusty sliver of roastiness and coating of sweet, nutty brown sugar. Then, a fairly bright, noted fruitiness from the smoked cherrywood, but also some raisin and baked, spiced apples. Low hint of herbal-toned hops, very low bitterness present. Some rising mouth-throat-belly heat from the alcohol presence. Little hint of Jamaica pepper. Sweetish finish with a bit more fruity, a bit more spice, and, then, a bit more alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Not exceptional, but a very decent effort from Leinie.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown pour with a quickly diminishing tan head. Pretty average mouth fell a bit thin for a big beer. Aroma is lightly nutty some light syrupy sweetness hints of grain in the finish a lightly dry hopped finish. Minimal alcohols. Decent beer but a bit to thin for the style/size.