JBPortland (1477) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
On draught at the brewery, pours murky brown red, small head. Nose has fairly well integrated smoke notes, some sweet fruit, dried apricot, and light maple spice. However on the palate the smoke is very overly heavy and dominates in an unpleasant way, leading to notes of permanent marker and paint. The finish is sticky campfire, sweet bready maple. Not good.
Ernesto987 (5429) - Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at brewery, ah this one was fantastic the smoked malt added a perfect touch that was just another complete level of flavor
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JAN 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark Brown pour with amber edges, little to no head. Aroma is very sweet, maple syrup, some booze. Mouthfeel is a bit slippery, syrupy. Flavor is dominated by maple syrup sweetness and a touch of vanilla bean. Full flavored, but lacking the peatiness that I love in this style of ale. Meh, relatively one dimensional but pleasant
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 17, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at the brewpub. Murky brown with no head. I didn’t much care for this. Like a Scotch brewed for the masses. Mild caramel and really light peat, a whiff of smoke. Mild and uninteresting. Whatever.
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught, sample @ brewpub. Believe this might have been past its prime or just off...Deep dark amber. Aroma of bubblegum borders on putrid. It’s all wrong. The pieces are all there: caramel, vanilla bean, and toffee, but they never come together and it’s thin and unsatisfying. Can sense the potential.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a brown color with ruby highlights and a ring of white lace. Strong aroma of toffee and earthy malt. Very good flavor of burnt caramel and earthy malt. The body is light and liquorous while the carbonation is moderate. This scotch ale is not very complex but highly enjoyable.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewpub - Poured a cloudy brown/amber in color with a light tan head that held up for a while. Aroma is strong of caramel and brown sugar with a hint of smokiness. Flavor is quite sweet, but not overpowering. Hint of smoke in the background. Alcohol is well hidden. I really liked this beer...
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAY 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draft @ brewpub) More nice liquid malt candy from Portsmouth...Served in a tulip. Dark reddish amber body with less than a finger of biege head (as an aside I think Portsmouth falls prone to serving their beers too cold hence the presentation is not what it could be and also some time needs to elapse before one can smell/taste). Aroma is sweet dark fruity toffee and caramel. Mouthfeel is full, smooth and a little sticky. Not really an exceptional palate but something about it still quite inviting. Light, weepy rings of lacing. Flavor is sweet caramel, toffee and hints of dark fruit. Just as I was about to give up on it as actually being a Scotch ale a subtle peat smokiness emerges as it warms. Nicely warming beer but ABV well-hidden otherwise. This is not quite up to the level of their barleywines, Imp stout or mead but still quite a nice sipper. Kind of subtle. Perhaps not a classic Scotch ale but I enjoyed it as a beer.
TaktikMTL (7008) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
En fût. Verre de 12 oz. dégustée à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur de caramel très fruité. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée foncée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel très fruité avec une pointe d’alcool. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût très fruité. (Rating #1696)
MartinT (9191) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Caramel almost turns into butterscotch as berries and peat dally within this velvety malt sweetness. Alcohol warmth follows through and delivers a satisfying sipper of Scotch Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam decorates the transparent blood red.
-That butterscotchy nose definitely needs some work. It is on the verge of being offputting and is by far this beer’s main weakness, imho.
-A leafy hop bitterness is able to cut through most of the end sweetness.
-A little more depth in the caramelization and this would be stunning. It’s already quite good as is.
On tap at the brewpub.