masedawg (156) - Statesville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murkey brown with a nice froathy head. Heavy fruit aroma fills the nostrils nicely (on a side note ive got a cold and the aroma feels good on my soar throat). More alcoholic flavor than the other scotch ale that I had. Still a pretty earthy flavor. Palate lingers nicely. Grab one.
ALLOVATE (2652) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A’Chouffe’s La Chouffe has been on speedy rotation from cellar to fridge to glass for years now, yet I’ve kept this one in the dark for more than 2 years without the need to crack it. Well, tonight was the night the seal was broken, and the reward was worth the wait.
Into a La Chouffe tulip, cool but not cold. Deep, deep garnet body, shimmering in the light, and crowned off by a wonderfully thick, creamy beige head that I think is the hallmark of this brewer’s beers. Stretched a good two inches up the spout, stabilised and frosted over the glass as I downed it. Xmas fruitcake aroma with light notes of toffee, burnt toast, figs and prunes, and a good dose of vinous, spicy alcohol. Becomes a little woody after a few whiffs, a damp forest floor comes to mind, unusually inviting. Strong and rich in the mouth. Starts off with aged plums, caramel and walnuts, doughy yeast and dark malts, and a light hint of roasted grain. Lively carbonation throws the flavours around the palate and moves it along swiftly. Develops a pleasant, fruity sweetness like sultanas, dried cherries and figs, which balance the nutty, darker malts. Finish is all topsoil, fell fruit and wood which gives the impression of something nasty, but it works to make this a delicious brew. Alcohol is nowhere to be seen, despite being noticeable in the aroma, and in this one’s case is a bit of a let down as it is too easy to drink. It’s like liquid fruitcake. Lovely!!! (75cL, 2005, Con’s Case place [now under new-management])
Jine (900) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
3.18.06 Split with AdamSkillin. Dark brown beer. Great Belgian Scotch Ale (ha!) Very enjoyable, unfortunately I had this kind of cold I think and it just would not warm up for me. Even a few degrees more and lots of stuff would have exploded out, but even so I agree with Adam. Winner
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome dark belgian beer, not overly hopped, nice and smooth. Had to warm it up for about 15 minutes before the flavors came out, only wish it had a cork instead of a bottle cap. Really dark brown, not black beer, slightly spiced palate, drank it in a huge wine glass because it was the closest I had to proper glassware. Very drinkable and pleasant for such a strong beer, maltiness and toasty with a tiny bit of spice covers up the flavor of alcohol.
legion242 (2336) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty nice, though mild for the style I thought. The malt isn’t as peaty as I would have expected.
PorterPounder (6290) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Whole Foods, Baton Rouge, La. 750 ml bottle. Pours a dark copper with a pillowy, soft, khaki colored head with sticky lacing. Sweet candy-like aroma with hints of Christmas spices and candied apples. Flavor is sweet as well, some caramel, cotton candy, root beer and finishes with a bit of baked brown bread. Alcohol is noticed - feels a bit higher than 8.5%. Mouthfeel, not as thick as expected. All around decent. but expected just a bit more.
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A tasty brew that everyone should try again and again. Hopefully Delirium Cafe will even have a bottle next time. Aromas of fruit and candi sugar. A deep, dark brown with a nice, thick tan head. Flavors of pale malt, deceptively simple, accented by candi sugar and caramel notes ... again, some hints of dried fruits. A nice, full palate.
jefcon (1514) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky brown with a lacy head of tiny bubbles. Vinuous, grape bubblegum, dark cherry, currant, vanillin and popcorn aromas. Bright, oaky malts, nutty, with a savory fruit finish. Tight carbonation. Maybe a little short on palate. A delicate scotch ale.
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - MAR 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Im not sure if i’ve even tried a scotch ale before. but this beer seemed alot like a belgian strong or even an abbey Quad. pours a cloudy brown, with a large active head. aroma of bread, fruit and some sweet malts. taste is of sweet malts, ripend fruit and some other things i can put my finger on. from what i remember of last night it seemed very good and easy to drink. of course that might be because i had a few stronger beers before this one.
JK (5028) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Much more of a Belgian style rather than a Scotch ale, it is much like a quad or dubbel. The aroma has yeast, sweet fruit and malt. Very dark brown and a cloud of sediment. Sweet flavor that is best at room temperature. Some alcohol presence that may or may not show depending on how much you drink in any one sip. Full bodied. I would change the style on this one, but a good beer no matter what its called.