maltdog (610) - Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can poured into thistle. Walnut brown, stiff khaki head. A mix of candyish smells- caramel and "sour raisins", tootsie roll, toasted rice/milk chocolate "krunch". Taste starts ubermalty, hinting at smoke/apples/cinnamon, then becomes tinny and salty with a flat cola character. Complexity is there, but overall comes across as "artificial". Slightly overbitter for style. Medium palate, thin spitty texture, "flaccid". The description is fairly accurate, yet (speaking as a homebrewer, why is OB taking shortcuts? it seriously fucks up the beer) highlights so many flaws in execution; "copious amounts" of crystal/caramel are neither necessary nor appropriate, and chocolate and/or smoked malts are just plain wrong. That explains a lot of the flavor and aroma flaws. A simple grist, high gravity wort, pitch lots of Scottish yeast, ferment cool, booyah: Scotch Ale. Duh, itís not a hard style to brew. Try a Scotch Silly (!) or Skullsplitter instead.
Kpbutsko (23) - - OCT 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours out as a lightly colored black/ brown, cola consistency. Light brown head. Right away you can really smell the roasted malts.. They just come out & hit ya in the nose like a drunken Scotsman in a bar fight. Light taste at the front but the back has a real thick and smokey malt feel that makes you remember, "I'm a scotch ale, you bastard."
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ClassyBeagle (300) - USA - OCT 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
FROM NOTES: June 30, í12
Poured from a *gasp* can into a pint glass.
A: Caramel, malty and sweet aroma.
A: Dark brown with a reddish tint, with a light, cream colored head that dissipates quickly.
T: Malty & sweet, as expected. Not much hop character, with a slight smoky finish that sits on the tongue.
P: Medium bodied. Little carbonation.
O: Hits all the marks when it comes to style. As I discovered upon completion of the entire 6-pack, 8% ABV will sneak up on yo ass! Something I forgot when I started the sixer.
djroehler (277) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Dark ruby brown with silky mocha head. Aroma is coffee caramel and chocolate, heavy roasted malt light nuttiness. Taste is roasted nuttiness, caramel, chocolate, some coffee, bitterness with some citrus. Body is medium full, silky carbonation.
steelhead3686 (214) - Athens, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very deep brown with a medium to large mocha head. The aroma is interesting. It has an aroma somewhat strong roast or coffee/nuts. It also has very clean/fresh hint of alcohol and earth or leaves. Medium to full body with a creamy, and slightly thick, texture. I like scotch and I like beer. I have yet to find a good beer that really captures both well. This is decent, but it doesnít do justice for either wonderful beverages.
NatKadaw (46) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Delightful nose and we?ll blended mild smokiness, thick and malty and warming. Almost no head when poured from the can, and no retention. Wonderfully complex and subtle, but lacked in carbonation and flat mouthfeel
rlpeeler (49) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - OCT 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a can into a plastic cup at tailgating. Bought a variety pack because cans were required. Poured dark caramel with a modest tan head as near as I could tell. Great big taste of malty chocolate that came as a surprise given the circumstances. Very nice. Hope to find some on tap into a proper glass very soon.
BigBodyBenz (42) - Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Such a Beautifully crafted Scottish Ale! Iím happy to say this is my winter wonderland beer. What an Amazing beer to bring in the Fall season. Itís flavor is that of Chocolate, minimal Caramel, roasted malt and a slight smoky finish. Delicious in or out the can. I Absolutely LOVE this beer, thank you Oskar Blues Brewery!
hoju777 (126) - FRANCE - OCT 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like water mixed with cheap whiskey, but not in a bad way. It tastes like a slightly lighter version on McChouff. Thatís a good thing.
jmgreenuk (2647) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at GABF 2013. Poured a clear dark brown with a frothy off white head. The aroma is rich resin and spicy red berry fruit. The flavour is medium bitter with a watery raisin weak spicy palate.