jcwattsrugger (11613) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap-pours a thin off white head and amber color. Aroma is sweet medium malt, wood. Taste is sweet medium malt-caramel/peat, wood, some spice hops.
joebudzjoe (671) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft from the Brewery. Served in a pint glass. Scotch ales are usually hit or miss for me, but I liked this one because it was more on the mild side; I can’t stand overpowering scotch ales. A sweet, malty beer with bread notes and a medium body. Enjoyable and not overwhelming.
blipp (7250) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours brownish amber with a beige head. Malty sweet aroma with a light roast and toasted bread. The flavor has toasty and sweet malts, lightly roasted malts, earthy notes, and just a touch of peaty smoke. Solid.
RGDave (113) - Lebanon, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2011 Beer pours a charcoal color, dark, with an off-white head. Aroma is slightly hoppy, slightly toasted caramel with a malty sort of smell as well. Attack is slightly sweet malt with a coffee overtone, but the maltyness minimizes any bitterness - no alcohol overtone here, surprising for such a high-octane winter ale. But make no mistake, it’s high-octane! Smooth mouthfeel and delicate on the palate, again surprising for 8.4% ABV, and a clean finish. Very unique Scotch Ale, worth a trip to Port 44 by itself.