mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep brown color, almost black, with faint ruby red highlights. Produces a fairly massive, tightly bubbled, thick tan head. Great head retention throughtout the entire glass with some spotty lacing. Moderately assertive, but very complex aromas of peat smoke, burnt caramel candy, roasted malts, raisin, figs and cocoa greet the nose. Medium mouthfeel; fairly full and chewy but with a light fluffy texture. Flavor’s a bit more assertive than the aroma profile. Rich, complex notes of burnt caramels, peat -smoked dark roasted malts, dark brown sugar, spices, dark dried fruits, cocoa powder and earth are pleasantly expereinced. Some faint charred oak bourbon notes linger in the background. Alcohol is really an afterthought here with just a hint of warmness. Finish is long with a slight hop/charcoal bitterness. If you enjoy this style, it’s worth seeking out for sure.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark amber with a light brown head. Aroma is big roasted malts, bread, some chocolate, carmel, and a hint of smokiness. The flavor is bread, roasted notes, some carmel. The flavor profile is very light, but still has a solid malty mouthfeel.
Marsiblursi (3021) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Canned) Pours dark with red hints. Light to medium roasted aroma with coffee and some chocolate truffles. Undertones of caramel, fudge, smoke, fruits and hops. Light roasted, light smoky flavour with a salty sting. Undertones of caramel fudge, coffee, cocoa and prunes. Velvety soft, extremely smooth mouthfeel. Light bitter. Medium body. Very nice.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz can, served in a pint glass, since I have no plans to buy a thistle anytime soon. Just kidding. Or not. Glad to finally see this one in Florida after hearing raves about it from Messrs Degarth and Matta. Couple of enablers those guys are. What’s one more beer, right? Anywho, I debated drinking this from the can, maybe even with a pinch of salt, for the full old home trailer park effect. I’m not bashing people that live in trailer parks, I used to be one. Just kidding. Or not. Pours a dark brown, some hints of amber shining through when held up to the light. Huge, 3 finger pillowy tan head, good retention and lacing. Nice. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, malt, bread and a nice earthiness. Creamy on the fore of the tongue, a nice bit of the head coats the lips as well. Fore is roasted caramel and malts, some chocolate. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Finish is dry, malty and long. First example of the scotch ale style I have tasted, and it certainly gave me an old chub. Very nicely done. Between this brew and Ten FIDY, I can see why this brewery has such a fine reputation in the craft beer world.
jake65 (2712) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a large, creamy head right out of the can! Nose is rich of malts and sweet caramels. Taste is a pleasant blend of chocolate and caramel malt, and some hints of toasted malt. A little sweet from the caramel and chocolate, but overall a very rich and tasty feel. Medium body.
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aluminum receptacle. Pours a slightly hazy dark brown color with a sizable thich head. Aroma is roasted malts, dark fruits and some bitter chocolate. Flavor is much the same - dominated by the sweet roasted malts, a smidge of coffee & chocolate and some peatiness. Rather tasty...so tasty, even my wife liked it!! Fairly full-bodied.
3fourths (8219) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2012 Dark raisin and brown colored body with a toast brown head. Crisp and sweet up front, full of molasses and maple flavors, maple wood, sap and dark fruit such as raisins and dates, all soured by the typically dirty and gritty yeast phenols and fusel alcohols. horribly flabby and lifeless texture, just sugar syrup and caramel. jesus christ fellas, get your fermentation temperatures figured out, your beer tastes disgusting.
TaktikMTL (5948) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’une canette de 12 oz, dégusté au Atlantic City Beer Festival 2007 (Atlantic City, NJ). Première fois que je goûte à une scotch ale en canette. Arôme: Odeur de petits fruits foncés avec une pointe de chocolat. Apparence: La couleur est brune opaque. Présence d’un mince col crémeux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat, de malt rôtis et d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est mince avec une texture crémeuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. (Rating #910)
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted coffee, oak and maple syrup in the aroma. Almost black in appearance with a thick brown head that laces well. Medium palate. Nice roasted flavor, lightly sweet. Good flavor and balance.
keith0718 (384) - Kansas, USA - MAR 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2007 Sweet, creamy, malty goodness. Very delicious. Not much hops. The complex, smoky, nutty malt character makes this beer more than hint at the character of a stout. Very yummy.