glennmastrange (2285) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Moderate aromas all around, with cookie for the malt, herbs for the hops, meat for the yeast, with hints of smoke, wine, date, toffee and a faint note of vinegar. Head is small, frothy turning wispy with bigger bubbles, slightly off-white, with fair lacing and good legs and is mostly diminishing. Color is murky brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily with a lively carbonation. It finishes astringent and very dry. Itís just missing a few things I expect in a Scotch Ale, but itís complex and worth trying.
zathrus13 (1719) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours orange/amber, with a white head. Not much going on in the aroma. Malt and fruit. Flavor is malt, hops, fruit, and alcohol.
kramer (5034) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a mostly clear dark amber body with a one finger fizzy beige head that slowly faded. The nose is slightly sweet, lots of toasted malt, and a nice fruity ale yeast undertone. No alcohol apparent in the nose at all. The flavor is hugely malty with lots of brown sugar. It really reminds me of ísugar in the rawí packets. Some nice lightly peaty and toasted maltiness on the finish. The alcohol makes itself pretty well known in the flavor, but itís not overpowering or boozy though. Full bodied and slightly clingy with soft fizzy fine carbonation. Not bad, a little too sweet maybe, but pretty enjoyable.
drowland (6082) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12/27/10. 500mL bottle. Cloudy red pour with a light off-white head thatís gone fast. Huge caramel, vanilla, and more on the aroma... borderline BA aroma... Sweet malty flavor with chocolate, vanilla, and more. Again, this reminds me of BA, with some burn. Donít know much about this brew... Is it BA? Pretty nice!
vtafro (3561) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, thank vferg for sharing. Brown pour with a bit of tan head. Scotch, sweet caramel, and spiced aroma. Flavor of vanilla, caramel, slight hop and bit bit of etoh. Abv confirms this.
Ibrew2or3 (6985) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of jcwattsrugger. Pours hazy copper with tan head. The aroma is a mix of spicy and earthy hops as well as spicy oak like notes followed by sweet malts and crystal malts. The taste is a bold combination of spicy hops, spicy cedar like wood notes, earthy hops and then sliding into citrus hops midway to the finish. Yummy brew.
thornecb (4453) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep clear amber into a thistle. Off-white head quickly recedes to hug rim leaving spot lacing. Dark caramel and vanilla aromas. Roasted nuts and dark caramel upfront turning to a burning vanilla and bourbon finish.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle thanks to exiled. poured amber with an off white head. aroma was sugary, cherry, caramel, and grain. flavor was medicinal, spice, alcohol, and sweet. heavy body with low carbonation.
markwise (4501) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to kiefdog for the share. Pours dark caramel brown with a tan head. Nose is slight malt, spice, and wood. Flavor is bland with malt and spice.
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2010 500mL bottle, no date. Hazy medium orange with a small light beige head, fair retention. Lots of sweet caramel malt and brown sugar in the aroma with moderate vanilla and oak following. Got a fair amount of almond as it warmed, too. Flavor follows suit with some added alcohol--between that and the oak, it keeps the beer from being too sweet. Still got a fair amount of almond. Didnít realize this was 10.5%. Finishes dry with some alcohol burn and bitterness at a 2-3, getting just a slight tinge of citrus (?). Light carbonation with a full body. I did enjoy this, but it was missing the peaty component I dig in some Scotch ales.