StevieT (8) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2013 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bit sharp, but OK................................................
jfb (2612) - GERMANY - MAY 24, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle) pours a clear deep copper-amber colour with a frothy light-beige head. aroma of raisins, honey, floral hops and heather, with a light hint of cooked vegetables and caramel. flavour is mostly caramel and raisins, with a hint of vanilla, alcohol, bread dough and a semi-dry finish. slightly watery body with average carbonation.
Fritz123 (243) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Sybarite Pig. Tulip. Dark amber pour with thin white head. No lacing. Toasted cereal aroma with dark fruits. Tastes of cereal, hay, dark fruits, light bitter hops. Dry finish. Very good.
Aaron68 (312) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330 ml bottle @ home,May 19, 2013
Beer from "Vinmonopolet Oslo City"
Beer from a tulip glass
Reddish/brown in color with a small white head.
Alcohol and sweetness in my nose.
Aroma of malt,fruits and spices.
A bit sweet and vinous in taste.
Machalel (24) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Dark copper-brown, with a dense off-white head. Medium amount of lacing down the glass.
Aroma: Deep and dark. A slight bit of alcohol, but the main aroma is of raisins, caramel, malt, treacle, and dark plums. There is a bit of oakiness and a touch of butterscotch as well.
Taste: Wow, this is nice! Very deep and rich malts, with a toffee and toast streak through the middle. There is a little bit of alcoholic hotness, but just enough to enhance the flavour, rather than detract from it. Again the raisins, caramel, treacle, and dark fruit make themselves known. Aftertaste is a "woody" bitterness with a little bit of smokiness. Very well blended with a lot of depth.
Mouthfeel: This has a medium body with lowish carbonation. The warming effect of the alcohol matches well with the smooth creamy texture. Rich without being heavy.
Overall: Very very nice! This was my first Scotch Ale, and i chose it without knowing how good it was going to be. It reminds me almost of a really rich and dense christmas pudding that has been marinating in scotch whiskey! One of my favourite beers that I have tried so far!
Other Info: I picked up a second bottle of this about a month after I first tried it, and it was nowhere near as good. The sweetness wasn’t there, the bitterness was harsh, and the aroma was almost non-existant. I assume this must have been treated very roughly when being shipped, as it was nothing like the first.
thb (609) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish-brown, thin head. Aroma of caramel, treacle, cereal, spice, flowers. Taste emphasizes the sweeter side - toffee, molasses, yum. Balancing bitterness but its mostly a sweetness story. Wonderful gooey mouthfeel. Fruitiness to it too. Not usually a scotch ale fan but this is lovely.
574deadzone (541) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep slightly hazy amber with a creamy beige head that settles to a thick ring and leaves some clingy lace. Nose involves some dark caramelized sugar, some wine-like grape notes, some figs and dates, stone fruit, and some alcohol vapors. Quite sweet, lightly bitter, and a touch tart on the end. Heavier-medium bodied, somewhat syrupy and sticky, fairly soft, warming, with a surprisingly drying toasty bitter-tart finish. A curious brew, like a beer-wine hybrid aromatically, very chameleon-like. Each sip brings out something different.
simonblaine (100) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark with a minimal head.Aroma of chocolate, malt, sweets. Taste is earthy, slightly bitter, malty, molasses. Good for this kind of beer, which doesn’t happen to be one of my favorites. Glad I had it, won’t go searching for it again due to beer preferences.
ken1 (506) - DENMARK - MAY 4, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A sweet flavor with sour notes, and hints of nuts. Dark amber in color with a white head.
Benfi (292) - DENMARK - APR 30, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep amber with a short lived head. Aroma is is fruity light whisky may. Flavour is is fruity malt, dry and cloudy malt. No great trace of the alcohol.