graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep amber into the glass with a white head. Aroma is deep malt with some brown sugar and alcohol. Flavor is an extremely smooth and rich caramel malt flavor with great rum and vanilla notes. Really impressed at the body of this brew.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draught, various samples) Pours a dark brown body with a tall beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel, sulfur, roasted malt, nuts, and brown sugar. Flavor of molasses, raisins, boozy, and roasted malt with a somewhat thin mouthfeel and a dry finish.
BeerandBlues2 (9001) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Denver Logans Pre GABF Bomb Factory Tasting. Pours clear brown with an average, fizzy, light brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee), light hops (herbs), average yeast (dough, leather) with notes of pear, apple, and brown sugar. Medium bodied, oily texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.
Ratman197 (8857) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Denver Logans Pre GABF Bomb Factory Tasting poured a clear brown with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, fruittiness and light spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, molasses, spice and light fruittiness with a smooth warming malty finish.
djd07 (2766) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Flying Saucer. Has a dark amber color with a medium frothy light tan head. The aroma is a sweet malt and raisin. Decent lacing on the glass. The taste is a rich malt with a dark fruit finish. A very easy to drink scotch ale that hides the alcohol well. Really enjoyed this one.
texasbartender (160) - Sugarland, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown red. Nice thick white head. The nose carried with it notes of dark caramelized fruits. The taste is what you would expect from the nose a very sweet flavor of dark fruits, maybe plumbs. The alcohol is well hidden this beer, it is one I will need to be careful because it goes down so easy.
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Draught House. Tasted of sweet caramel and sugar. I found it enjoyable, maybe it would be more so during the cold months. I couldn’t taste any alcohol but I felt it afterwards.
MaltOMeal (1088) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at Flying Saucer while waiting for KAggie to show up. Pours a dark amber/copper color with a reddish tint. White head. Couldn’t pick up much smell at first because they served it cold in a cold glass. After warming some, the scent became more apparent. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, some dark fruit and hint of alcohol. Taste was of same dark fruit and sweet caramel malt. Mouthfeel was medium-to-thick and a little sticky with alcohol well hidden. Although it didn’t have an alcohol feel in the mouth, I sure felt the buzz afterwards. Not a bad first attempt at a Scotch Ale by Real Ale.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Flying Saucer, suffered through with that danged t-sip Zinister. Pours a deep amber with a nice off-white head. Aroma is a curious blend of banana, suigar, and bubblegum... um, is this a weizen or a Scotch Ale??? Flavor is Autumn leaves, stale sugar-coated malt, and a slight hint of peat in the finish. Thick palate. Good, but by no means great; I’m looking for more peat in the finish. Perhapsh the next batch (the sophomore effort) will be better? I"m expecting nothing less. Stay tuned.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Flying Saucer, drank with KAggie97. Mahogany pour with lingering head that leaves pretty lacing. Nose of nuts, brown sugar, caramel apples and spices. This developed as it warmed, as it was served too cool. Flavor is thick and sweet, with honey flavors and some hops. Reminds me of an almost cloyingly sweet brown ale, but much, much better. Very nice, but needs a bit of tweaking to nail.