durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler filled at The Beer Growler in Brookhaven, ATL. Pours a rich creamy-topped reddish copper, soft and full on the palate. Great malt profile and nice bitterness. Almost like an imperial bitter, if that makes any sense at all. A tad sweeter, though, and a subtle hint of peat smoke.
Errl (1837) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle..Pour is dark with a fading head..Nose is stale, light smoke, spice, dry, cola...Tatse is cola, caramel, dry, spice, dusty..
DrSilverworm (7688) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, purchased from Habersham in Savannah on 2/23/15. Dark brown, near-black color. Good tan head, leaving good ridges of lace. Nice dark chocolate and moderate smoke flavor. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp lighter carbonation. Good more full feel. Light slick finish. Moderate-plus bitter taste, light to moderate sweet. Touch of butterscotch. Very solid tasty enjoyable balanced scotch ale. Nice bit of earthy hop to it.
RichardGretton (4344) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap@Boll Weevil, Augusta. Pitch black beer with a strong off white head. The aroma is gently coffee roasted, and the flavour is deeply roasted with plenty of bitterness and some molasses. Overall a nice strong ale.
Augdraught1981 (155) - Harlem, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a super dark, transparent black ruby - orange color with minimal aroma and a thin head. Very rich & substantial malt profile that stays roasted & bitter throughout. The richness turns slightly sweet & easy to drink midway through the glass and is one of those beers that should be enjoyed cool, not cold. A very enjoyable big beer.
ColovianTrader (372) - - FEB 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Super malty and smooth. Notes of roasted nuts, grains, toffee and molasses. Hints of cocoa.
dfinney23 (1960) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours dark brown with a finger of foamy head. No sign of smoke, leaving the sweetness too cloying.
snoworsummer (2735) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the TAP in Atlanta airport. Pours dark brown with a creamy bubbly beige head and lots of lacing. Tastes nutty, like alcohol, a little earthy and woody, rich maltyness. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like malt, roasted nuts, and booze.
Iphonephan (3864) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the Beer Heads MeetUp bottle share event in October 2014. Pours a clear dark cola with a tan head. raisin nose. Flavors of caramel. Smooth finish.
ramboraffe (808) - SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at Bearding bottle shop, Blairsville. Clear brown with tanned head. Smell is roasted malt with smoke and coffee. Taste is roasted malt with peat smoke and bitter herbs. Sweet with medium bitterness and low carbonation.
Darkmagus82 (1898) - - OCT 13, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-29-14-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown color with a small tan colored head. The head fades very fast leaving only a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smell but has a huge dose of a caramel and molasses as well. Some other aromas of a cherry and prune nature are there as well mixing with the other sweet smells and producing a potently sweet smell overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a bit of a roasted malt flavor and a whole lot of sweet caramel and some dark fruit flavors of cherry and plum. As the taste advances the caramel transitions to a more molasses like taste with a bit of chocolate and even more cherry and plum coming to the tongue. Some flavors of a cola sweetness then come to the tongue more toward the end. This makes the brew rather sweet overall, but with a little bit of a more herbal and earthy hop flavor coming to the tongue, while not balanced out the sweetness is subdued a bit, leaving a sweet and lightly hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Overall the feel wasn’t all that great in my opinion. The thicker body accentuates the sweet flavors a bit too much with a lower carbonation likely having been better for the mix of lighter dark and hop flavors, possibly giving them more influence overall.
Overall – I know a scotch ale should be sweet, but this was just rather unbalanced and not all the great of a scotch ale. The flavors don’t really meld well on this one and with the rather poor mouthfeel and look, it really doesn’t have much draw.