AZBennett (114) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice copper color with a fingers width of big bubbled, white head that fades rather quickly. Aromas are caramel, toffee and banana bread with a hint of booze. Tastes like toffee and caramel with some gumball and bread flavors then you get a decent booze hit and some weird bitterness. Overall this is a nice scotch ale, though it leans just a little too much towards boozy/bitter aftertastes. But with the limited availability of good Scotch Ales this ranks #2 behind Alesmith’s Wee Heavy. Congrats New Glarus everything of your’s has been rock solid!
BiiruBierBeer (670) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2015
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Gingerbread house smell. Taste is semi-sweet, semi-bitter, scotch ale notes, and a slight metallic note. Kind of bitter aftertaste along with a well water note. High carbonation with light foam.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Thanks, Jeff. Orange-copper mix on the body with a mild haze. Foamy, eggshell colored head on top that leaves decent webbing on the glass. Aroma is a strange blend of winter warmer & Scottish ale. Red Delicious apples, cinnamon, ginger, cocoa powder, herbal & leafy hoppage, a touch of mint, very faint menthol, sweet bubblegum, clove, toast, finish has reminders of Belgian yeast. Definitely a lot going on. Flavor leads off with heavy herbal hop notes; mint, toast, brown sugar, gum, coriander, cinnamon, clove, & yeast all come crashing down at once. More subtle background notes of apple, graham cracker, smoke, & caramel are there, too. Definitely a strange brew. Not bad, but just decent, especially based on my standards for New Glarus.
Homer321 (2895) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle to snifter. Nose is full of sticky, chewy, malty aromas with a light toffee/buttery sensation. Some light esters, mostly apple. Pours a slightly hazy dark orange to red with a medium sized off white head. Wowsers on the taste. Initially full of malt sweetness with some toastiness and caramel. Then the alcohol kicks you in the chest. Finish is on the sweet wide, but man, the alcohol just continues to build and build. My ears are starting to warm as well. Overall a well made beer, but the alcohol is out of control, almost a tad hot and burning.
slowrunner77 (7441) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"At first this seems to light in color and body for a scotch ale, but that ain’t it. Color, maybe, but that’s irrelevant. Less chocolate malt and more toffee than a lot of wee heavies. It opens nicely and becomes pleasantly warming. I like this, but for a style I really like and a brewer I love I was just a tiny bit disappointed. Not as wee heavy in its presentation as Belgian. Fruity and even a little yeasty like a BSA instead of peaty like a scotch. Definitely enjoyed, though. Thanks again to Heybeerman for the trade."
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2014
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Typical scotch ale flavours but a slightly better example. Not my thing of course but drinkable.peaty
Dogbrick (9817) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is a slightly hazy dark amber color with a medium light beige head that diminishes steadily to a film. Aroma of malt, butterscotch and hops. Medium-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, earthy hops, yeast and spices. The finish is dark fruit and malt, with some linger spice in the aftertaste. Decent overall.
phaleslu (7825) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Homer321- thanks again, Sean! Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a small off-white head that leaves a ring and some film that leans to one side. Aroma of fruitcake, allspice, nutmeg, caramel, and cardboard. Flavor of fruitcake, allspice, caramel, nutmeg, gingerbread, graham cracker, cardboard, and a metallic note at the end. Kind of boozy on the finish, too. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a boozy, spritzy mouthfeel. Past its prime. Wish I’d gotten a hold of one sooner.
napdynmite (87) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich and boozy with notes of toffee, coriander, anise, brown sugar. Tastes like a holiday brandy.
tvail4 (17) - - AUG 22, 2014
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
caramel, alcohol, black, clear, rocky head, white foam, lightly bitter, medium body, slick feel, soft carbonation,
17thfloor (2439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is fantastic. Body and appearance are basically perfect for style... the German-esque attention to detail makes this English-style beer really shine. Rich malt presence that is perfectly attenuated leaving a nice toasted sugar finish, light hopping that compliments the strong alcohol. Nice and nutty aroma. Color me impressed. I’m guessing lager temperatures are what is paying off here.