Bif (1257) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear dark mahogany color with a small tan head and random bits of lacing. Aroma of malt, dark fruit, bit of caramel and chocolate. Taste of dark fruit, a bit like raisins, bit of roasted malt, chocolate and caramel sweetness, Bitterness is quite mild with a light lingering sweetness. Medium body, smooth, with a rich texture and well balanced. No trace of the 8% ABV. Enjoyable beer that goes down easy. Nice beer to kick back and relax with.
DrSilverworm (4744) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
11.2oz bottle, from Party Source. Best by 23/04/14. Clear dark red brown color. Thin khaki head. Leaves some thicker lace. Kind of a stronger sweet taste, light bite in the finish. Lots of caramel malt, and some dark fruitiness. Medium to bigger body. Kind of slick texture. Smooth, lighter carbonation, if not a little watery. OK scotch ale. Too sweet, one dimensional to really be something special.
dmac (3692) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2oz bottle from Crossroads. Poured a clear deep chestnut brown with a smaller creamy deep beige head that leaves a little long lasting slick on the outer edges. Aroma of figs and raisins, nuts, peat, earth, English toffee. Fuller bodied with average carbonation of small tight bubbles, a lingering aftertaste that has some suprising sweetness compared to the earthy aromas. Flavor isn’t quite as good as the aroma, notes of dark raisin skins, earth, peat, buttered well done toast. Good stuff.
Deu (588) - Nantes, FRANCE - DEC 27, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a finger of head on a brown colored body. The aroma has a heavy dose of malt, caramel and brown sugar. There’s a moderate brown sugar sweetness that mellows out towards the end. It has the mild pine bitterness that brings a good balance. The texture is soft with low to moderate carbonation. Overall OK.
Chudwick (1712) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle - can’t believe I’ve never rated this before. Two or three winters ago, that’s all I drank. Nose is dead up caramel and chocolate. Earthy aromas in the mouth with old-man candy. Why did I ever stop drinking this? oh yeah, the price and I rarely buy beers I’ve already rated.
EddieG1 (11) - Louisiana, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown to cola color with very little tan foam. Sweet, mild caramel with malt flavor.
rangerred (841) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 5, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle into a nonic.
Pours pitch black with a one finger medium tan head. Very good head retention, almost nitro-like, with ok lacing.
The aroma is very malty and sweet smelling with lots of caramel along with some toast and coffee notes. Some fruityness sneaks through from the yeast.
Immense sweetness upon tasting. This is an extremely malt-forward beer with an almost candy-like sweetness. Fruity, yeasty notes along with loads of caramel and toffee with some coffee in the background. The bitterness sneaks up gradually throughout the taste but it is still not enough to offset the sweetness. Silky and very sticky mouthfeel.
Overall, this beer is just too sweet for me. There is too much malt and not enough in the way of hops to balance out the sweetness. It becomes cloying after awhile.
DavidWoodruff (387) - Windsor, California, USA - DEC 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a small light brwon head. Aroma of nuts, marzipan and raisins. Full bodied, A sweet malty flavor with lots of dark dried fruit. This is my standard of what a Scotch Ale should be.
Patrickctenchi (2902) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep, almost see-thru brown with a craggy, tan head.
Caramel and chocolate scent.
Taste is thickly sweet caramel.....a little dark fruit note, chocolate syrup.
Very sweet....dessert worthy.
tnkw01 (933) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Looks like cola in color. Not much head. Aroma is fruit cake slight sweetness. Taste is a caramel, candy corn taste.