neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, - JAN 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.5 oz bottle from the LCBO, served in a branded stem glass. Pours clear mahogany with a tall, dense tan head. The head fades slowly and leaves a small amount of fine lace. On the nose, there are notes of molasses, roasted malts, raisins, dark fruit and vanilla, along with hints of earth and hops. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout, but it develops a balancing spicy bitter hop note through the middle. The finish is long and malty with hints of pepper and spice. On the palate, it is medium in body with a milky texture and average carbonation. Overall, this is a decent Scotch ale. It is hoppier than I had expected, but it has a nice toasty malt character. A very tasty brew; I wish this were available more often. 2012-01-18
packers188 (36) - - FEB 17, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Style: Scotch Ale
Description: apparence rouge rubis, legere mousse qui disparait rapidement/ nez vin rouge/ au gout cest comme boire du vin cote maltee nest pas present
Jannick13 (114) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2015 Descent Scotch ale. Liked it better than Simple Malt’s Wee Heavy. Not overly remarkable thought.
AgentAle (918) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 29, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is roasty malts, caramel and oak cask. Taste is a rich sweet maltiness, light clove, rye and sweet oak. A tad of bitterness on the tip with light clove. Appearance is a clear amber with a thin pearl head that retains poorly.
Frothmeister (614) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
341ml bottle. Pours a clear dark garnet with a thin mocha head that diminishes quickly. On the nose, dark dried fruits take the spotlight with an odd minimal smell of artificial grape flavouring, and some domestic-like notes. As for taste, burnt sugar out of the gates with raisin, toffee, and light earthy notes that lead into lightly fruity burnt sugar meets molasses like notes with some citrus peel in the finish.
Beardbeerman (215) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
341ml bottle (last bottle at the restaurant) served in its own custom tulip glass around 6 degrees:
Pours a clear dark cherry wood with fiery ruby highlights topped by a finger of tanned foam. Lacing is rough and retention is low since the head shrinks to form a thick ring around the rim of the glass.
The nose has a strong coffee attack decomposable into roasted malts, caramel (wee burnt), a touch of vanilla and a sting from the hops.
The taste is very interesting with a sweet malty attack quickly expanding to huge hops delivering a great bitterness. This lets loose nice notes of espresso and leading the way to medium hoppy/vapory finish.
Mouthfeel is clear, a bit oily but the ale is undoubtly robust and full-bodied.
Overall this is a good scotch ale with a good bitter backbone. It could be mistaken for a mild Imperial Russian Stout but its a great winter ale.
Whatup14 (888) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
En fût. Couleur acajou foncée trouble, mousse beige crémeuse laissant une belle dentelle. Arôme de caramel, malt caramélisé, raisin, touche d’alcool. Goût de malt caramélisé, caramel, sucre d’érable, légère amertume. Carbonatation moyenne, corps moyen.
plaugher (229) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml into a tumbler. Pours a deep ruby-red with minimal head. Malty nose with a bit of vanilla, butterscotch, and light smokiness. A bit tart, with a little caramel; a bit boozy. Medium bodied. Warming.
BrewGoblin (527) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - NOV 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A beautiful beer, a dusky rusty colour with a creamy light tan head. Sweet notes of caramel, raisin pudding, vanilla and toasty malts get on gregariously with subtle hints of leather, smoke and an earthy bitterness. Bittersweetness veering towards the sweeter side of things, this Scotsman has a lightly oily medium body with soft carbonation. Very tasty stuff here, dangerous too since you can’t taste the booze and it is rather mighty. Great stuff.
HippyHop (348) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is top notch stuff. Pour is reddish brown with a bit of tan cap. Nose is roasted nuts and grain, butterscotch, vanilla and some nice booziness. Taste follows almost to a T, though it’s surprisingly light and not overly sweet (can’t decide if that’s a complaint or not). There’s also that familiar St ambroise spiciness that seems to show up in all their beers. Overall this is good stuff
Ngejo (445) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - NOV 14, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2015 Bottle. Clear, amber, frothy, tan foam, medium bitterness, light sweetness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & abrupt finish.