phaleslu (6905) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from the brewery. Pours a rich amber-copper color with a small beige head that settles unevenly and hangs around for the whole time. Aroma of sweet, toasty, caramel malts, toffee, brown sugar, earth, pecans, dried fruits, and dust. Flavor of caramel malts, toffee, brown sugar, raisins, oak, honey, and figs. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a rich, toasty, sweet, and sticky mouthfeel. This was really working for me and soundly defeated the MacPelican’s Scottish Ale in the Scotch vs. Scottish Ale-Off.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle bought @ Pelican. Clear deep amber/brown with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, bread, nuts, toffee and dark fruit. Flavor is all malt, caramel and dark fruit with hints of nuts and light smoke. Medium body with average carbonation and a thick, chewy mouth feel. Nice Scotch ale, the alcohol is well hidden and it’s very smooth.
hamilton23 (613) - Alpine, California, USA - MAY 19, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from 22oz bottle from BastionShaw. Pours dark brown/chestnut in color. Nose was smoked malts, some peat and lots of caramel/toffee. Flavor followed the nose. Sweet, malt bomb with just the right amount of smoked peat flavor in there. I really enjoyed this one.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Dan Journal #463. Tasted 4/16/11. 22oz bomber. Filtered with a dark ruby, amber hue. Off white bubbled ring of head. A really nice toasty nose with subtle cocoa notes. Full bodied with a sweet malt flavor. Subtle effervescence. Toasty and slightly sweet malts. Decent alcohol burn. Very tasty and surprisingly fresh! Well rounded with subtle citrus notes to compliment the sweet malts. Really nice!
alexsdad06 (6083) - Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle shared by shigadeyo. Pours a hazy deep copper small creamy, beige head. The aroma is a malty forward mix of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, hints of vanilla and some ripe fruit. The flavor is ripe fruit, malty favoring sweet caramel, vanilla with a finish that had a slight earthy bitterness. Medium plus bodied. I was hoping for a touch of smoky peat, but it never came. Overall, this wasn’t bad, I was just hoping for more.
VertBaconStrips (2106) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 21, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Pelican. Light brown brew with a well sized dark tan crown. Sweet with a soft dark fruit, prune, hint of smoke, ample smooth roast and maybe dark raisin. Has somewhat of a mellowed flavor impression. Faint citrus comes and goes in a flash, caramel, low end spice, toffee, hint of pepper? fairly malty. Seemed too carbonated but wasn’t. Well, any beer that follows MOAS is not going to show well.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @ Pelican: Pours a dark brown color with a nice light head. The nose is sweet and earthy, lightly smoky with a lot of sweet caramel and nutty notes. The flavor is sweet and strong; lots of alcohol and sweetness, very low IBUs. A bit cloying a too big of a mouthfeel for my taste.
Tmoney99 (11218) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Poured a clear dark reddish brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted sweet malt and fruit aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toffee flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex good brew.
DuffMan (7138) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, purchased from the brewery 2 months ago. Pours a dark amber orange with golden highlights and a bubbly tan head. Sweet toffee and tea aroma, hints of dark fruits. Flavours are all malt initially, with caramel-on-toast, sponge toffee, and a subtle earthiness that leans more toward dried leaves and tannins than it does toward true peatiness. Some vague fruit nuances too. Warming and smooth... delicious.
bvc (1172) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz capped bottle that is over a year old at this point. Digging through rotting beer, I saw this and tossed it in the fridge for tonight. Pours a dark hazy toffee brown with decent head that fades to a ring and no lacing. Nose is big on the sweet bready notes. Caramel, rasins, brown sugar, prune with some light cardboard oxidation. Brown sugar and caramel big maltiness is the first to hit. Touch of prune and rasin come in as well as light oxidation, but really malt forward. Not overly complex, but maybe my negligence with this beer has been a bit of a blessing.