fidelis83 (2196) - 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 (8620) - 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 (5634) - 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 (1915) - 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 (815) - 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 (4827) - 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 (4531) - Marietta, 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.
DocLock (8529) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear mahogany with a finger of tan head. Nose is roasty slightly rauchy scotch malt, earthy, hoppy, with some dark fruit and plasticy notes. Tastes rich, with a huge scotch malt bill, oaky notes, dark fruit, and some spirity plasticy hints. Waters out late. Not bad, but not a world beater.
mgrafton (11) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - APR 7, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have to admit, my first few sips from the bottle out of the 4 pack didn’t impress me. I thought the mouthfeel was a bit off, even for a scotch ale with a higher ABV. However the color in the regular pub glass was beautiful and the head was excellent with good loft (depending on your pour). On about the 5th sip, this great brew really took hold. GIVE THIS BEER A CHANCE. Even if you don’t think you care for it at first, it is one of the best I’ve had for quite some time. I will definitely get this again.