UXO (469) - CANADA - SEP 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear medium to deep amber with a short beige head diminishing to a thin cap, spotty lacing. Nose is toffee malt, dark dried fruit, and molasses - almost rum-like, with a slight hint of alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and mild bitter. Medium to full bodied, medium to low carbonation, and a sweet finish with mild alcohol warming.
Not a big fan of wee heavy/scotch ales, so it’s hard for me to be even-handed rating this one. There’s a near-complete absence of hop character, and I can easily see something similar to this having been bittered with gruit in the past - but at least it’s not peaty. Realistically, it integrates the high ABV pretty well, and the fruit/vinoous notes work fairly well. Pretty drinkable for a high ABV scotch ale.
turbothy (1127) - Bonn, GERMANY - SEP 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours reddish brown with minimal head. Sweet toffee and raisin flavour, that appears again in the smooth flavour. Very nice ale.
Iphonephan (3714) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 33 cl bottle. Poours a clear amber brown with an ecru head. Caramel nose. Flavors of caramel and butterscotch with some herbal notes. Smooth, somewhat sweet finish.
Zwiebel88 (258) - GERMANY - SEP 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rötlich-dunkel im Glas. In der Nase karamellig, dunkle früchte. Am Gaumen dunklenFrüchte, Alkohol, malzig, kaum bitter. Ausfüllender Körper.
bigguns22 (718) - Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour dark brown with floaters and a medium off white head. Aroma is malty,sweet and dark fruit. A medium flavor beer that’s pretty good that has dark fruits and citrus flavors.
njnut (289) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into thistle glass a red tinged brown with nice off white head and lace. Clear a little slick and med bodied. Aroma malty, caramel a little nutty. It had some of that holiday cake in the taste along with the malt, caramel, a little alcohol but not much. I love the malty taste here as I am wearing from the overload of IPA’s that seem to flow non stop. Very much enjoyed this one.
weark (360) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - SEP 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Au Grain D’Orge - Clear reddish brown color with a decent beige head good lasting and small lacing - Aroma is malty, red fruits, prune, raisin, caramel, hints of roasted malt and alcohol - Flavor of prune, malty, caramel , red fruits and spicy - Medium/full body, fizzy carbonation, light/medium bitterness, sweet , sweet prune caramel finish - Good, slightly overcarbonated for the style, a little bit strange for my taste
Borresteijn (5001) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl Bottle, tfs R&J! Clear reddish amber colour, off-white head. Aroma of Christmas cake, red fruits, alcohol, caramel, quite sweet. Flavour is sweet, malty, fruity, red fruits, cake, confit fruits, caramel, alcohol, malty and light-hoppy bitter finish. Medium-bodied, light alcoholic. OK stuff.
Arcanor (86) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from Bark’s beer Cave.
Pour dark amber and hazy. Little CO2 and thin head.
Floral malt, strong scotch and caramel aroma.
Sugar taste, medium body and long caramel finish.
beerme31 (521) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light brown color, medium tan head giving way to tan lacing. Malty aroma of caramel, dark fruits. Taste is high sweet. Light carbonation, medium body, very smooth sweet finish. Good scotch ale.