kegoguinness (45) - Dodge City, Washington DC, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
oh, if single malts tasted this smooth! There is a roastiness that cuts the sweet and improves this beer over other similar sugar tidal waves. The finish is a delicate competition between the tongue-tip sweet sensor, and a lingering light bitter dry at the thick end of the tongue. This is Caffreys meets a belgian dubbel and it works well.
malrubius (2036) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce can in pint glass. Deep dark reddish brown with lasting brown head and lotsa lace. Mild brown sugar, gingerbread, earth, and grass aroma. Sweet brown sugar, mild fruit, mild peaty flavor. Very mild bitterness. Seemed smokier when I had it last summer. Medium-full body and medium-low carbo. One of the best Scottish-style ales available, but not as amazing I had remembered it.
highibus (753) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy dark brown (mahogany) with a slight tan head. Aroma is heavy and sweet with some alcohol. Nice heavy palate perfect for the style. Flavor is sweet malt and almost an estery component. Really nice balance. I love this beer.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep burgandy color with tannish head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is nuts, cherries and a little bit of dough. Initially the flavor has a smoky aspect to it then the malts shine through with a nice balance of caramel and chocolate. Nice creamy texture. Medium bodied, overall the best canned Scotch Ale I have ever enjoyed.
islay (1387) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. can. I picked this up in Madison, Wisconsin about four months ago. Nice, creamy, fruity aroma features chocolate-covered raisin, mocha, chocolate milk, craisin, plum, and caramel scents. Pours a translucent, leathery, dark brown with a maroon hue and a small to moderate amount of short-lasting beige head. Produces little lacing. Very sweet taste. Prune, chocolate liqueur, and fruitcake flavors. Alcohol noticeable but not overpowering. I don’t perceive any smoke flavor. I do taste roasted malts, especially in the finish and dry aftertaste, but that’s natural in a beer this dark. The flavors are nice but not outstanding. Medium body. Smooth and creamy in the palate. Old Chub is a pleasant brew in a style that does not particularly appeal to me.
saxo (14455) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are rich with roast malt, hops and notes of chocolate.
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours very dark mahogany, with a dark tan, dense, lasting head that leaves a nice lace. Aroma is dark malts and chocolate, some faint hops, and hints of smoke, as well as very faint dark fruits. Flavor is dark malts and chocolate upfront, some slight raisin notes, and more faint smokiness. Alcohol is pleasantly, and faintly warming, helping to balance the sweetness of the malts. Aftertaste is well balanced dark malt, slight hops and faint smoke.
nimbleprop (5562) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
If you had any thoughts of drinking this out of the can, don’t. This is not Red Dog from a 30 rack. Poured a nearly opaque blackish brown with a creamy, lasting white head. Smells malty, sugary with a peaty aroma lurking in the background. Flavor is great, not nearly as heavy as you’d imagine. Medium malt, chocolate, wood, smoke. Finish coats the tongue but isn’t over powering. Nice, strong, solid beer.
Ron (2906) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at McGregor’s. Poured a decent head on a semitransparent dark brown body. Aroma of sweet malts. Flavor od roasted chocolate malt and alittle coffee.
jb (2434) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Never heard of this brewer, but will have to seek out more of their stuff. On tap at McGregor’s. Minimal aroma, nice dark appearance, good retention. Smoky chocolaty palate, syrupy.