stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Poured dark red with a good sized, lightly tanned head. The nose consisted of toffee, dark chocolate, caramelized dates, figs and subtle woody notes. Comes across the paltate moderate hops with toasted malts, roasted nuts, rich toffee, rum & raisin chocolate, & notes of oak. A nice lingering finish. Very rich easy drinking ale from Orkney.
blackisle (1097) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 33cl. (from drinks-of-the-world.de). Brilliant clear deep chestnut brown, small frothy beige head, recedes quickly, very light lacing; rich aroma, sweet roasted malts, dark fruits, brown sugar, light alcoholic; taste medium to heavy sweet, slightly bitter, roasted coffee, caramel syrup; full body, soft carbonation, sweetbitter aftertaste,roasted malts till the end, spicy notes, warming alcohol; pleasant beer though all in all a somewhat one-dimensional.
Cokemonkey11 (149) - - MAY 12, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown bottle, 330ml, cask and barrel. Pours dark ruby with a thin grey head subsiding at an average pace. Scent is ultra sweet and a bit malty, but clean. Sugar. Taste is honey and a tiny bit ethanol, reminds me of a liqueur. Mouth feels dense and syrup-like. Good.
Darkmagus82 (1958) - - MAY 9, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a deep mahogany-brownish color with a one finger head of cream colored foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, with it slowly fading over time to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite potent of a darker fruit smell of raisin, cherry and fig. Along with these aromas comes some notes of an almost woody smell as well as lots of caramel and molasses. A little hint of a grainy and grassy smell round it all out, creating a rather nice aroma overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a good deal of sweeter flavors, being a blend of caramel, molasses, cherry and raisin. Right from the start there is a decent showing of a bready malt flavor, which gains more and more roastiness as the taste advances. All the while the sweeter flavors dwindle a little bit drying out the flavor ever so slightly (although by no means creating a dry taste). Toward the end some graininess, wood, and earthy hop come to the tongue and with a decent hit of a boozy alcohol flavor, one is left with a rather warming but smooth flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is a little on the thinner side for a 8.5 % brew with a carbonation that is a little on the higher side. While I would traditionally like a bit more thickness and less carbonation, the combo actually sorta works for the flavors, and makes this one an easier sipper in light of its boozy flavors.
Overall – This was a quite tasty scotch ale. One I will certainly go to again in the future.
nihtila (1489) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Great Grog’s. Pours deep ruby-brown with beige head. Nose is slightly boozy, toffee, dark fruits, malts, marmalade. Taste is quite sweet malts, caramel, dark and dried fruits, marmalade, biscuit. Slightly boozy but quite enjoyable.
rproff78 (152) - - MAY 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yum. Very high alcohol content but great flavor. Good stuff to try for sure!
Astrozombie (40) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2015
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark copper in color. Little to no head beige color. Great aroma. Bright and bold. Flavor has to much going on I feel.. It’s deep with some malts but also sour kind of odd. Palate is very smooth and not sticky.
Fukito (891) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shinny copper with ruby hues and a medium, creamy beigie head. Aroma is of molasses and ripe plums. Flavor is cake with ripe fruits and some dried fruits. Medium to heavy palate. Alcohol well hidden but a bit uni dimensional.
chinchill (2777) - South Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle with a best before date of July 2014. Served in a Unibroue snifter. (from notes).
A - Poured a medium brown with orange-red highlights and tones; clear; tan head is modest size and duration, but leaving nice lacing.
S - Dark malt, toffee, raisins and brandy: Inviting, but rather a bit tame compared to the flavor. High ABV evident.
T - the flavor quickly builds to a crescendo after the swallow, then tapers off, leaving a moderately bitter, mildly spicy and slightly smokey aftertaste with a solid base of dark malts.
M - Smooth and crisp, if slightly harsh and warm with its 8.5% alcohol. Medium-bodied beer.
O - A striking Scotch Ale, not to be missed by fans of this style. High ABV evident in feel, aroma and taste - a bit more pronounced than ideal - but this is a beautifully crafted beer in which the higher alcohol effects are an integral part of the experience. Flavor dynamics changed with some additional warming, becoming tamer and more refined.
Alengrin (3029) - BELGIUM - APR 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Classic ’wee heavy’ (so Scotch ale) from the Orkneys, glad I can finally have a taste of this. Pours a clear orangey copper colour with low fizz, supporting a milky, regularly shaped, slightly beige to white head breaking open quickly but to a limited extent - i.e. remaining dense on the edges and leaving a beige veil over the rest of the liquid. Very malty aroma as expected: home made caramel, aromatic and vaguely vanilla-like odour of spring flowers, cashew nuts, hint of bitter chocolate, dried orange peel, brown rhum, peach, biscuit abounding, toasted bread in the morning, cranberry sauce, some oxidized madera and white port notes, hints of banana, honey, marmelade, wet paper. Smoothly fruity onset, peaches, some banana, sweet berries, with a rounded, full but supple, soft mouthfeel, softly carbonated; very light sourish touch balances the sweetness. Rich maltiness ensues, still light on the palate though, very elegant, with a mostly caramel-like character, some nutty and chocolatey accents; finish is mostly malty, sweet but not cloying, with a herbal hops bitterishness, some rhum-like warming alcohol, lingering banana fruitiness and a very mild and gentle roasted touch, but nowhere near the coffee or bitter chocolate flavour you would find in a really roasted bitter beer. In all: no off-flavours, balanced and smooth, with an inviting bouquet. This is indeed a classic in its style.
TH28 (216) - - APR 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. No date on bottle. Appearance: Deep ruby red and clear, with a thick khaki head.
Aroma: Crystal and bready malts, withy fruity yeast notes of pear and apple.
Taste: Caramel and bread crusts up front, giving way to richer notes of raisin and plum, with a hint of spice.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderately high carbonation. Higher than I was expecting for the style. Alcohol warmth is strong.
Finish: spice and alcohol warming on the finish, with some lingering raisin and fig.
Overall: A deep and rich Scotch Ale with strong dried fruit flavors, and spicier than it’s style counterparts.