Drake (8300) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the brewery and shared at the 19th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering. Pours a hazy orange color with a thin creamy white head. Decent head retention. Toffee aroma with a good bit of smoke. The taste is toffee, caramel, smoke, bitter hops. Medium bodied, boozy. Very nice.
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share by BVery, has big time malt and caramel scents. Taste is similar to a Barleywine, sweet caramel and a bit of alcohol bite.
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ryanfolty (1836) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
December 15, 2012 bottle via trade. Cloudy orangish pour with some head. Aroma was caramel, malty, butterscotch and alcohol. Taste was super sweet like a butterscotch soaked in alcohol. This was like a hybrid scotch ale and barley wine, good but needed to tone down the sweetness a tad.
BVery (6081) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - thanks Folty! Murky orange pour with a frothy head. Aroma is butterscotch, vanilla, caramel - very sweet. Full palate. Very tasty brew.
tgncc (2769) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is fruity, bready, sweet, like a barley wine. The appearance is a cloudy red/brown, off white head. The flavor is like the aroma, sweet. The finish is sweet, light piney hops. Alcohol well hidden. Medium in body. slightly thick. Enjoyable, but much more of a barley wine than a scotch ale.
davey101 (680) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 vintage, 500ml bottle into a NEBCO flute glass served at cellar temperature.
A - Pours a clear dark red color with a bit of sediment. Initial pour yields a two finger off white head which doesn’t stick around for too long. Settles into a thin cap and edging. Moderate amount of lacing and retention.
S - Toffee, caramelized malts and dark fruits, and vanilla rich butterscotch. A bit of an alcohol tingle on the end.
T - Loads of rich caramel and toffee. Light notes of vanilla and butterscotch, Not super complex or full of flavors, but its very rich and tasty. A touch of alcohol warmth but its very faint and only helps with the flavor profile. Finish is of sweet butterscotch candy.
M - Creamy and medium bodied with silky carbonation. Slightly dry finish with only a lingering buttery rich candy flavor. Very smooth with no alcohol heat.
O - This beer is excellent, and with nearly a year on it its drinking so well. Can’t wait to try a fresh bottle in a few weeks. One of the more enjoyable scotch ales I’ve had.
changeup45 (1716) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I sort of unintentionally aged this bottle about a year. Brownish-amber with a thin head. There’s a lot of candied mixed fruit in the aroma; figs, raisin, cranberry, and dates. Caramel and boozey notes round out the scent. This is smooth and warming going down with a gentle whiskey-like alcohol burn. The flavors consist of cherry twizzlers, toffee, wood, and the dried mixed fruit noted in the aroma. This is a good sipper.
Travlr (10574) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Muddy brown, small tan head. Aroma of butterscotch. Taste is similar. Pretty plain.
boto (1844) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Willimantic Brewery: Served in a snifter. There was no head or lacing with this one. It was a ruby tinged brown color. The aroma was a bit lighter than expected. Some caramel sweetness, and maybe some oak. The taste is very good. Very smooth. Some sweet citrus, dark fruits and some caramel and smokiness.
phaleslu (6349) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle shared by Jarpo- thanks, Jason! Pours a hazy amber color with an eggshell ring for a head. Aroma of caramel malts, dried fruits, woody and earthy notes- fairly simple but it works. Same with the flavor, which hits the same notes. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet mouthfeel with a little bit of grit. Nice, simple Scotch ale.