sailracer (424) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours a dark brown with minimal head. Very malty flavors with apparent alcohol. Initial taste is sweet but then mellows into a smoky malt flavor with a lingering sweetness. Pretty good overall.
Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Who would have expected this kind of malty goodness to come from the makers of beer that tastes like Fruit Loops? Thinking about giving their other small-run beers a shot.
onceblind (5175) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark woodsy amber with a small foamy white head. Nose was peaty and darkly sweet with a bit of char and raisin. Flavor was a little boozy and woodsy, a little, with some gentle earthy peat and dark earthy sweetness. A touch of raisin too. Not shabby.
nuplastikk (4917) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Dexters. Filtered looking burgundy-brown. Pretty smooth malt tones. Sweet toffee, raisin, nuts. Deep amber alcohol soaked woody malt. Relatively easy drinking, alcohol hidden well, incorporated at least. Solid, but I had higher hopes.
jimhilt (2451) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a three finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Nice clear ruby color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Dark fruit and caramel nose, flavor is dark fruit and caramel, hints of the higher ABV. Decent scotch ale. $3.29 for a 12oz bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, MA.
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark brown.
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (caramel, molasses), with notes of brown sugar, honey, orange peel, vanilla, alcohol.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, syrupy/watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
"Layer upon layer of sugars" would be more accurate. A big, dumb, syrupy sweet boozer. The guys at The Bruery would LOVE this stuff.
burg326 (4337) - Florida, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle poured a dark amber color with aromas of toffee, caramel, and some light peat. flavors are the same, malty toffee backbone with some soft smoke on the back end, nice beer overall.
Stevesie (336) - - APR 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Dark brown with slightly lighter brown, extremely foamy head. Nose is malt, caramel and roasted nuts. Heavy lacing. Taste is more of the caramel and nuts with a little fruit. The requisite smoke is subdued, making for a pretty good Scotch ale.
Scrapersnbeer (1501) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of smokey chocolate and toffee. Clear, very red hued color. Sharply sweet with a peculiar candied fruit finish. Is it strawberry perhaps? Heavy viscous body. It’s trouble
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Sam’s, Durham. Hazy amber-brown pour, very minimal carbonation and a thinnish look overall. Soft malty nose, quite subdued and balance impression. Lots of toffee and caramel in the nose, only very modest peat and leather. Consistent with this impression, the taste is a bit under-developed compared to the complexity that sometimes comes with this style. Teasing dark fruits and smoke, but it doesn’t quite develop enough. Solid but only that.