BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle and served in my Iechyd Da snifter: Pours a ruby mahogany hue with fading fizzy head and no lace. The aroma has notes of caramel, toffee, moderate smoke, slight iodine, some aromatic chocolate malts along with a dollop of mineral water and leather. The taste is smoky sweet and meaty but compared to the Pipeworks Wee Heavy I had before it this seems tepid and weaker. Some boozy, medicinal and mineral elements as well to help complexity. The mouth feel is oily and medium bodied. Drinkable but lacks the richness to compete with the alcohol, colour me a wee bit disappointed.
nimbleprop (6355) - 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.
blutt59 (6288) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, dark amber with some red highlights, scant foam with banana, caramel aroma, flavor is pitted fruit, bananas, candy caramel , sweet finish
onceblind (6172) - 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.
Mora2000 (6101) - 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.
Pailhead (6032) - 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.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5787) - 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 D’s 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.
Suttree (5689) - 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...
Beerman6686 (5621) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a semi murky medium brown color with a lighter tan cover. Aroma was toffee, light roast, some caramel, figs, and smoke. Flavor was just the perfect amount of smoke for this style, a bit peaty, and rich dried dark fruits and chewy malts. Nice stuff.
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.