coachd (564) - Missouri, USA - APR 5, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Love me a good scotch ale and I liked the Russian Imperial Stout in the Big Eddy series, so I had to give this one a try. Pours a great dark amber color with a very small tan head that disappears right away. No lacing on the glass: I never understood why lacing is such a big deal anyway. The aroma is comprised of many sweet things: caramel, raisin are the most prevalent. As I kept smelling it, I could pick up some apricot, fig and what I can only describe as Pixy Stix. Complex aroma, but way too sweet for me. Almost headache-inducing. The taste is sweet also, but not as much as the smell. It has a tartness up front and in the aftertaste. There is also a little bitterness, which I was not expecting. Taste was just okay. Palate was slick with a decent aftertaste. Not my favorite; Founders Dirty Bastard is way better and cheaper. Schlafly Single Malt Scottish is also much better. Go with one of those.
alexsdad06 (8917) - Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle at home from notes. Pours a slightly hazy amber brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, caramel, raisins, figs, a light peat character, a bit muddled, thinner for the style, just decent.
MaltOne (315) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Donít know how I missed rating this earlier... Iím drinking a 2012 vintage that I set aside years ago... Pours reddish coffee color, slightly hazy. Particularly fizzy head when first poured. Aroma is dried fruit and treacle... maybe dark fruit bread. Flavor follows aroma, with a subtle sour (not unpleasant) note... I want to say coffee, but thatís not quite accurate, ... roasted works. Palate is rich without being overly sweet or heavy. Overall, if memory serves, age has mellowed the sweetness of the younger version, for the better. This has some subtle complexities.
stoutgap (55) - Indiana, USA - JUN 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass,ruby,cola color,small rapidly diminishing head. Aroma of bread and caramel with average hop note. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Heavy sweetness, with moderate bitter lasting flavor. Complexity a bit lacking but a good beer.
BiiruBierBeer (932) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smell is malt and slight mineral. Taste is malt, scotch ale, and toffee. Low carbonation, medium body, and slight foam.
MadIndian (2729) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Notes of caramel malt, toffee, some and dark fruit. Finish was bready. Not bad.
Bobblehead (65) - Kansas, USA - DEC 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a bottle, caramel aroma, roasty, clear, brown, minimal head, tan foam, medium bitterness, average carbonation, long finish, medium body, good beer
phaleslu (9321) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft sample at Cincy Beerfest 2014 on Fountain Square. Pours a dark, somewhat cloudy amber, almost brownish, with a big beige head. Notes of toffee, brown sugar, cream, peat, earth, and dark fruits. The mouthfeel is way out of whack- both fairly high in malt/peat intensity and watered down at the same time. Very strange and uneven. Medium-high carbonation. Just clumsily made, from my read. Should be better. Iím surprised at the average score for this one.
slowrunner77 (9950) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Been lookin for this a long time. Beautiful pour - just like the pic without cool backlighting. a little on the sweet side with dark fruits, toffee...a little sugary sweet but fitting. The peatiness won me over instantly. More smoky in the flavor than the nose. Adds a really nice depth. at $2.50, a steal. A little too high on the residual sweetness with any age on it, still good though."
raize221 (7) - Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2014 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
09/12/2014 - From bottle in tulip glass.
Deep brown with liquor-like clarity, tan head. Malty caramel aroma with hints of pitted fruit and quite a bit of esters. Almost peaty, but not smokey. Tastes sweet up front, almost cloying. sharp bitter bite behind earthy malt. Finishes with an astringent, alcohol linger. Has a unique high note I canít quite place.
Nice beer to curl up and sip at near a fireplace with a book, but canít see myself reaching for one otherwise.
jsnicholas (514) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2014 Bottle (12oz $3.75): pours a deep brown. Bourbon and cocoa taste. Very drinkable. I like
Update 11/13/14. Dropped rating from 3.8 to 3.7. Seem to sweet today.