maltdog (621) - 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, it’s not a hard style to brew. Try a Scotch Silly (!) or Skullsplitter instead.
Lunkie (1788) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hop chocolate malt aroma. Dark brown colour good head and lacing. Malt cherry chocolate hop flavour. Smooth palate.
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vanvenlo (1741) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2016 Beer Deluxe Hawthorn ontap(29-Aug-16)Carachoc herb aroma.Sweet choc herbal vanilla run &raisin flavour.Choc herbal finish&lingering smoke roast carachoc aftertaste
mbgrayson (716) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - AUG 14, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark brown, with a nice cream colored head. Taste has lots of malt, with rich notes throughout. This is a very good Scotch Ale, thumbs way up!
thomat (3304) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can @ Oliver Twist. Amber with a medium off white head. Malty and fruity tones. Malt, caramel, fruit and hops. Medium to full body with a nice bitter/ malty finish.
UnicornBrewing (5) - - JUL 19, 2016 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On sale under 7 bucks, why not lift some up from HEB, at 8% ABV super V.A.L.U.E., before even heralding in multi bagpipe salute to supreme malt riches and cherished stash of smoke, seems natural they’d want to build a third location here in Austin. Very readily available round these parts, maybe it’s the cheap flights to Denver, or the abundant reasons to travel between the vastly different yet intertwined cities. A river floating classic, I still remember one, warming at bottom of nearly empty cooler, scratched and shaken, too much for the situation needed dilution with Guadalupe River, flattening the craft, memorable, but not quite the ideal situation for this interpretation of an ale from a land perhaps similarly caught in the current, dragging it downstream helplessly away from its place. Smells a bit like wood varnished in decades of smokiness and boisterousness which somehow twisted “wee” from an imperial shit ton by most other standards. Balanced somehow on three axes – extra sweet malt fattened with roastiness, stand up hops leaning against wobbly alcohol at a tingly convergence; similar to way burly enough men playing ridiculous looking musical instruments in skirts somehow works. Makes me want to chase something down the street repeatedly.
PanMarek (223) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malt dominates the hops in the nose. Roasted, caramel and maybe some chocolate richness. The hopsare citrus and balance well. Deep red / brown pour with thick foam. Taste is stout, rich, malty. Heavy caramel / chocolate sweetness up front with a longish bitter finish.
Wurst Party Ever 7 November 2015.
gripweed57 (1347) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce can. Mahagony color topped by a big foamy beige head. Rich toasted malt nose, redolent of caramel and toasted nuts. Sweet roasted malt flavor has smoky notes. Sticky mouthfeel with roasty notes. Finishes with sweet cocoa and cola notes. A real winner. Worth seeking out.
dambor (397) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 1, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with ruby reflexes, medium head. Aroma: molasses, malty sweetness, candy sugar-similar to a doppelbock. Taste: sweet but nicely counterbalanced with hops, bready. ABV well hidden. Good but to my taste more a doppelbock than scotch ale.
shanoknowsfood (91) - Hawaii, USA - JUN 23, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
"Can @ Barnacle Bills - Pours a reddish-brown with medium head. Minimal lacing. Aroma of bittersweet cocoa, caramel, malts, figs, nuts, dates, anise, nutmeg, and allspice. Taste the same. Palate of sweetness and chocolate and plums. Thick, choco deliciousness! Mmmm, yum! Loved every drop."
LazyPyro (530) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml can from BrewDog online. Very dark brown with a small tan head. Rich malty aroma, caramel, dark chocolate, roast. Taste is also really malty, caramel and some dark fruit flavours, quite sweet with a bitter end. Really smooth mouthfeel. Not a big fan of this style of beer to be honest but it’s a good strong brew, and speaking of strong: I thought the alcohol was really noticeable in the taste, more so than other beers of similar strength.