Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Exiled you rule.
Brown sugar and dandelions. Pleasantly sweet. You must drink this with a grilled pork chop. I wish I had.
Mora2000 (5132) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a hazy orange-brown color with a white head. The aroma is very sweet toffee and not much else. The flavor is toffee and a lot of sugar. The beer is extremely sweet and doesn’t have any alcohol or peet character to it like a lot of beers in this style have. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared by dakine on 1/12/2010.
hazy iced tea color with no head.
it smells medicinal and woody... almost like it has seen time in a barrel?... along with caramel, cinnamon spice, vanilla, nuts and some roast.
it tastes of the same... bourbon-y? odd, but really well balanced. the alcohol pleasantly shows up and makes me wish that this wasn’t the first of the evening.
it is very slick and rich yet very easy to drink. 8/4/8/4/16/4.0
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red-brown with a white head that drops fast, no lacing. Nose not very scotch ale, rather very sweet and lightly reminiscent of JW Lees but too much caramel, dark fruit, banana, and faint booze. Flavor is overly sweet, heavy caramel and tea notes, more alcohol than the nose. An odd beer, Belgian notes and interplay with the sweetness of an American IPA or barleywine. No real focus on a complex malt profile save for faint wisps in the nose, and way too sweet throughout.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 Bottle - Thanks BuckeyeBoy!! - Pours a clear copper with a small ring of beige head...aroma is roasty and peaty, vanilla and caramel malt...flavour is similar, burnt wood, fairly sticky sweet, caramel...pretty high gravity, although didn’t really notice the alcohol...tasty stuff...
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: A plain caramelized nutty boozy beer. Basic simple sipper.
How: Bottle 12oz. Exact age unknown. I suspect about 1 year old. Sent to me by Solan as a bonus, nice bonus Alan!
The look: Ugly murky brown body with many small particles and a quickly dissipating head
In long: Nose of caramel and beach wood. Taste is simple and follows up on the nose. Lots of rich caramel, lots of wood (again beach wood is what came to me), brown sugar, vanilla, cashews. No fruity notes whatsoever. The 10.5% is apparent and I would have guessed in that neighbourhood. Body is not thin but sure is a lot less corpulent than I would expect from a 10%+ beer. Wet willy, brings back childhood memories, I got wet willied a few times as a kid, big mistake, you don’t want to wet willy someone like me unless you like to be called candle-finger.
nbutler11 (1262) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by the daknole -- thanks, holmes! Pours garnet in color with a trim off-white head. Smells like it was aged in a bourbon barrel -- lots of vanilla and brown sugar in the aroma. Tastes of each with added notes of figs, caramel, and a measure of heat. Really mellow for the ABV. One of the best Scotch Ales I’ve tried thus far.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Redlight-Redlight: Pours a transparent dark copper amber with a small ring of off-white head. Has a sweet, complex caramel toffee and light fruity nose with a touch of earthy peat. Starts with good malty fullness and some caramely peaty character well balanced with some berry fruitiness before a slightly warming dark caramel finish. A pretty enjoyable and true to style Scotch ale.
rocbyter (1831) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In bottle at Delaneys. Mild dark wood aroma. Cloudy dark orange-amber color with a small white head. Strong bitter wood and scotch flavor in the beginning that fades into a light alcohol finish.
JK (4157) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark gold color, a color at scotch ale shouldn’t be. Sweet and malty. disappointingly, no other flavors really. Drinkable enough, if rather plain.