ComradeK (922) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml bottle. Pours an opaque deep chestnut, with a small off-white head, which lasts reasonably well without leaving much lacing. The aroma has some typical dark and sweet Scotch ale characteristics, but mixed with some faint soy that jars a little. It is much more hoppy than I would expect of a Scotch ale, with bitter herbal and weak pine notes up front. These lead, via more incongruous soy, to a treacley, sweetly malty body. There are some herbal and dark chocolate flavours in the finish. This is a bit of an odd one. Stylistically, it does not match its own claims to be a Scotch ale, but nor is it an ESB, as Ratebeer suggests. To me it feels a bit lost between the two aforementioned styles and a hoppier ale altogether. It doesn’t really work for me.
LesArgen (180) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
There are notes of toffee biscuit, mulled wine, coffee and chocolate with a little late resin and some alcohol. There’s more coffee, chocolate, toffee and alcohol in the mouth. In both the aroma and taste there’s also a hint of shellfish and seawater, which is a bit odd but nevertheless, I really like this beer.
fletchfighters (1010) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2012
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A-- Poured a reddish brown, settled in glass as near chocolate color with tints of red at the bottom of the glass. Half finger of light brown head that became film. No Lacing and very little head retention.
S-- Roasted malts, roasted coffee and slightly sweet carmel. The roasted smells were the dominant smell with carmel in the background.
T-- Coffee, roasted malts and carmel almost all at once in the taste. Nothing to get excited about.
M-- Over carbonated right off the bat. Carmel finish is pretty dominant in the end and slightly sweet. Flavor drops off pretty quick leaving a slightly sweet but acidic ending feel. Still a dry finish. The carbonation hurts the beer too much.
D-- Probably a better Dark Ale than a Scotch Ale.
jdpeebs (687) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle. Copper in colour. A nice and malty beer. With sweet caramel and toffee flavours.
GothGargoyle (945) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear rust colour with a small pale head. Aroma is strawberry, leather, raisins, lychee, caramel. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, Medium bodied, smooth on the palate with a sweet grainy finish and a slight tannin aftertaste Taste is raisins, caramel, wood, toasted grain.
HenryXXX (201) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a ruby red and slight brown color. The nose is red fruit, oak, and red vine licorice sticks. The pallet is flimsy with a buttery Red fruit, coffee, and anis flavor.
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Rangi (508) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice poor, deep deep brown, slight head. Funky aroma at first followed by a toasty sweet syrupy flavor and taste which finnishes with just a slight bitterness. Really good warming winter beer.
5spdvl (4) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 20, 2012 does not count
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Recently got onto the Scotch Ales. warm feeling beer, suitable as a one off after dinner on a cold night. Taste is strong, but not over bearing, with toffee, caramel, woods, and a slight tinge of alcohol towards the end of the swig. Somewhat dark when poured. Worth a look you like darker ales.
Gramoit (347) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2012 Pours copper with thin white head. Malt and hint of alcohol make up the aroma. Malty caramel taste. Fairly smooth. Overall it is a alright but nothing that is amazing.
madmitch76 (13369) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
29th December 2009
ChrisO ’Night Of The Gaylords’ tasting. Hazy dark brown beer. Some light malt on the nose. Light dry and softish palate. Tired malt with mild toffee. Finishes soft and dry. Okay but a bit dull.