Mora2000 (5893) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Big Texas Beer Fest.
The beer pours a medium brown with a tan head. The aroma is very nice and exactly what I want in a wee heavy. I get a lot of dark fruit and some peet malt, as well as some caramel and some alcohol. The flavor is more of the same. The alcohol and dark fruit notes are dominant, with the caramel and toffee malt and a little bit of smoke hiding in the background. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
jredmond (5841) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle with Dallas. Pours a deep brownish mahogany. Aroma is smoky and cinnamon. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with roast, smoke, light fruit, spice, meat, and cinnamon. the flavor improves as it warms.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I like this brew. It looks pretty much as expected, a clear reddish brown body that soon becomes a mere film. So what? Really pleasant aroma - rich and malty, bread with treacle and a whiff of alcohol. The flavor is pretty much the same, rich and malty, except that the alcohol recedes, making this beer too dangerously drinkable. Not complex, but very, very good.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear dark ruby brown with a fizzy tan head. Malty molasses and musty spice aroma and taste with a citrus and barley finish.
nimbleprop (5419) - 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.
Suttree (5356) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Schmidtguy for the trade - deep mahogany, with little head. Smells rich, almost decadent - Earthy Molasses, some woody notes, even a bit of honey. Full, rich palate. Some coffee, some earthy notes, some dark dried fruit. Pretty tasty...
Pailhead (5348) - Brownstown, 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 thatís 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. Itís 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 hadnít been doing anything for me lately, I found this one of the better Scotch Ales that Iíve had in quite a while.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5188) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2012 Sampled on draft at Dís in Monroeville this beer poured a dark brown color with red highlights and a medium sized foamy tan head that faded and left no lacing. The aroma was cherry, plum, sugar and prominent alcohol. The flavor was tangy and boozy with ripe dark fruits, sugar, more booze, banana, molasses and sherry. The finish was long tangy dark fruits and alcohol. Medium body. Exceptionally boozy but somehow with this one it worked. Interesting.
notalush (5184) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle - pours a dark ruby with a fair tan lace - nose of toffee, moderate melanoidin richness, vanilla bean, bourbon, light smoke - however, there is also a mild acidity that seems off and unintentional - body is fairly creamy - moderate acidity early, tart, almost sour - uncharacteristic of the style, tasting characteristic of an infection - underneath there are rich malts, moderate smoke, plum, raisin - but itís hard to overlook that initial sourness - disappointing.
BrewDad (5100) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer Bloggers Conference 2012
Dark Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Nice big wee scotch and super malt flavors. Lots of fruit, light bready this was a tasty beer.