arminjewell (6159) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy reddish brown with off white head. Aroma has notes of sweet toffee, vanilla, caramel, nice milk chocolate, and a touch of smoke. Taste yields much more smoke, along with roast and sweet chocolate, some toffee and burnt caramel, finishing roasty and slighly sweet. Very enjoyable.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by bvc. Interesting nose of toffee, dark fruity malts, light peat, and a touch of roast. Pours dark brown, lacking in much head or lace. The flavor is less interesting than the aroma, mostly toffee and some dark fruity malt. Very light peat. Sweet, residual sugary, creamy body, light to medium carbonation. Its ok.
tmoreau (2380) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Malt House in Madison, WI., before the GTOM. Poured a black/brown color with some garnet highlights, lasting off white/light tan head foam, and thick waves of lacing. The aroma was smooth and roasted malt, peat, some tobacco hints, and a little dark fruit. The flavor added a complimenrary hop bitterness and some smokiness in a medium+ body. Rich yet mellow, I liked!
Wheatyweiss (29) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured from a 12 once bottle into a thistle.
Pours a murky, dark brown, damn near black. One finger head recedes to a thick cap and leaves a veil of lace.
Aroma is of dark roasted malt. Metallic and smokey with a hit of roastiness. Roasted nuts and grain with a rider of dark earthiness and dark cocoa.
Flavor is of dark roasted grain, fruity yeast and smoky peat. There is a distinct smoke and peat roasted flavor here that is VERY appealing. Malt is very sweet and earthy, but is balanced by the bitter roast and smoke.
Mouthfeel is lush and thick, perfectly to style. Soft carbonation and a thick body.
This is what I have been missing in a heavy. Exceptional.
Reviewed on: 03-28-2010
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a darker thinner near black brown with a cream colored frothy head. Aroma is round, bit fruity, light peat smoke, some toasty dark hard roast, faint licorice, burnt bread and cola. Flavor is much the same, maybe a bit oxidized, duller flavor, toasted bread and cola, bit of tangy sourness, lightly fruity. Medium bodied, gritty, flat, thin but chalky. A bit of recipe tweaking and this could be awesome.
bpreo (1550) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2011 Oh yeah, this one is really good. Even though most of Wisconsin’s European settlers were Germans, we can pull off a good Scottish impression.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fairly robust malt aroma,a little smokey ,but very good for a scottish, flavor comes in straight molassas malt and smoke, with a rather sharp bitterness from the peat Everything was pretty decent until that bitterness hits your palate and dominates the rest of the way.Good malting,just ease up on that peat a little
notalush (4839) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A fairly light and unremarkable scotch ale - nose of peat, burnt popcorn, light acidity that smells like the onset of an infection - a lot of dry, earthy peat up front, followed by moderate, clean sweetness - some infected character/acidity on the tail end - tastes like it might have promise sans this infection.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 21, 2010
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of MrPickles. Thanks, Andy! Pours a dark, cola-brown color, generally clear; thin, fine-bubbled, light-tan head with decent lacing. The aroma on this is pretty off-putting: while there’s a pleasant peatiness and caramel and darker chocolate, there’s also a medium-level note of diacetyl and a mild lactic tartness; no me gusta; dissipates to a degree with agitation and time, but not very engaging at all. Medium body; medium-high levels of carbonation; lightly creamy and non-astringent; no obvious alcohol; while the diacetyl is much less apparent here, there’s still a sharpness in the overall flavor, with loads of peatiness that seems terribly overdone; I adore Islay single malts, but there’s so much of a peatiness present here that it becomes ashy, tiring and very difficult to drink; the mouthfeel itself is fine, but the roasted malt character and chocolate-y / caramel core just get left behind in this peat bomb. Nothing delicate or subtle about this beer, and I’m hoping I just got a bad bottle. Even without the diacetyl in the nose, though, there’s just far too much peat here; like a failed homebrewing experiment. Just not enjoyable. Medium finish of roasted malts, milk chocolate; dry.
Scubatrip (596) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottle, pours black with a thick foamy off white head. Aroma is creamy, not unlike a Guinness. Taste is not, however. Thick and creamy, very smooth, there’s really not a lot of flavor, some chocolate. Clean, good session beer here. I’d order this again, but not much on a hot day.