Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 1, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle. Rating #61. Very murky and muddy, kinda medium brown with some orange thrown in there (seem like a lot of beers Iíve had lately has some orange in it) and very little head. Hard to describe the aroma, kinda sweet and a little grape skin as well, strange. Picking up a lot of woodiness, no bourbon or anything like that, just straight bare wood and a little sweet. (1700)
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed from notes. Thanks to woosterbill for this--itís been too long, CL needs another release soon!
Pours a dark brown mahogany color with a bit of an off white head. The nose brings forward some pretty nice aromas of caramel, butterscotch, dark fruits, sweet bread, and a bit of booze. The taste brings out similar characteristics, but everything is a tad bit harsh and slightly taken over by alcohol. Good body with decent carbonation, though still a bit hot. Iím anxious to see what some age does to this.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-29-2010
radioscooter (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Got this in a trade and was eager to try it as part of my ongoing WH/SA journey.
Appearance is underwhelming. Almost no head, quickly dissipating bubbles. Cloudy caramel color.
Aroma is earthy, musty, mossy, and heady.
First taste throws me off. Wow. A Scotch Ale that actually tastes a bit like Scotch... Okay, thatís a new one. Of course itís possible. Itís all about the malt after all. But usually we donít get this much woodiness and Glen-roaming -in-the-gloaming in ale form.
Sadly, the ridiculously inane name of this beer paired with the stupid label art did not set me up for the seriousness of the brew. This beer deserves a label with a crest on it and a name like "The Highlander" or "Glen Woodbridge" or something that makes you anticipate their effort. As opposed to yet another overly goofy, fraternity-aimed gigglefest.
The alcohol level is immediately up front. Not annoyingly so, but prominent.
I think mine is much too cold so Iím going to back off for a little while.
20 minutes later...
As it oxidizes a bit more of the phenols come out and the spice levels reveal themselves in the flavor. Lots of sweet butter, toffee, and butterscotch syrup. Itís like an alcoholic Wertherís.
Too boozy for all night. And not dark or heavy enough to treat like a true sipper. But definitely something to visit.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is somewhat light, notes of toffee, caramel, green apples, light earth, biscuit, tea, and peat. Pours hazy amber, thin non lasting head, no lace. Sweet and malty up front - caramel and tofee, biscuit, a touch of iced tea, a touch of earthy peat notes followed by green apple, and a very light hop balance/bitterness. Lingering caramel apple. Rather spot on for the most part, could have used a touch more peat malt, but a solid malty big strong scotch. Moderate/light carbonation, a touch of alcohol in the finish.
Damico (2557) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is light in the nose tonight - light sweet maltiness and barrels. It pours dark amber with a bubbly off white head. The flavor is light and smooth for a scotch ale! I donít get much scotch, peat, or smoke like normal. It has smooth sweet malt and syrup notes that settle with a bit of light soft white fruit notes.
deyholla (6605) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from the tap at NotB. Poured a clear gold with a white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had some light fruits, bread, caramel and cereal with a bit of pine coming out as well. Flavor began with sweet bread and grains with a bit of earthiness and a bit of bitterness coming out in the finish.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a slightly bright cloudy amber-orange color with a finer of off-white head. The heads fairly quickly to a ring with some lacing.
S - Aroma is full of a ton of sweet carmel malt. There is also some nice oak and smokiness mixed in. Some dark fruit aromas with a touch of booze also noticeable.
T - Starts off with some sweet roasted carmel malt, some light fruit, and some smoke/oak flavor. Through the middle more of the dark fruit flavor really comes through with some more smokiness. The finish has a mix of the dark fruit flavor, some oak flavor, the sweet malt, and some booze in the background. These flavors really linger nicely.
M - Medium-full bodied with a moderate amount of subtle carbonation. Really nice and smooth and even crisp. Feels really balanced in the mouth. The finish is just a slightly bit syrupy.
D - For 10% abv and a ton a flavor this stays fairly drinkable. There is a lot of flavor going on, but it all stays really nice and balanced. Lots of sweetness, but again, it stays very enjoyable and avoids getting cloying.
jimhilt (2400) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a three finger white head fades slowly leaving some lace. Slightly hazy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is complex maybe sherry and flavor is sweetish sherry. Different scotch ale expecting more dark fruit. High ABV is hidden. Not cheap - $7.99 for a 500ml bottle from Julioís Liquors Westborough, Ma.
50belair (2219) - Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber/orange pour. Not really getting the Scotch Ale here. Itís dry, some what spicy, and has some hoppy characteristics...
jkwood04 (3869) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle in a thistle. Pours deep amber with a lacy, cream-colored head. Aroma of roasted, caramel malts, some light fruit, and a little hops and alcohol. Flavor about the same with a nice caramel malt note. Almost a wine like texture. A good Scotch ale.