Scopey (9998) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Keg at BD CJ. It pours deep mahogany brown with a tiny tan rim. The nose is malt-driven, brown bread, very woody, earth, toasted grain, dried leaves, dirt, light vanilla and dried fruits. The taste is actually quite light, yet rather oaky, spicy action, alcohol warmth, dry wood, charred stuff, light vanilla, leather, dark fruits in the background, light cherry. Lingering finish of oak and leather. Medium body and fine, soft carbonation. Surprisingly one-dimensional. There are elements of this I like, but they don’t present themselves in a particularly cohesive manner.
mR_fr0g (6484) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg at the Brewdog CJ new Zealand tap takeover. Dark copper / brown coloured pout with a fading off white head. Aroma is woody oak, vanilla, oak barrel, toffee, brown sugars. Flavour is composed of thin woody tannin, oak, tannin, vanilla, burnt toffee, woody. Palate is semi sweet, wood tannin. Little solvent alcohol in the finish.
nihtila (2086) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at IMBC. Dark brown. Oak, vanilla, caramel, sweet, rum. Tastes sweet malts, oak and vanilla, toffee, great.
Hippoman (397) - Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2015
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Keg at IMBC 2015.
Pours brownish amber with a diminishing, cream-coloured head. Smells pretty bad, like a rat’s cage in a pet shop. If I didn’t know the liquid in front of me was beer, I wouldn’t have drunk it. It tasted almost as bad as it smelled, with thick but overly bitter, mouth-coasting sense dominating. There are some woody flavours present but very little to like. I suspect there was some issue with the NZ Collective’s conditioning or delivery by this point in the festival (late Sunday afternoon), as this, and the other beer I had from their stand, both tasted utterly dreadful despite being very highly regarded.
Towey1989 (958) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at The Indy Man Beer Con. A hazy brown colour with a thin tan head. Interesting aroma of toffee, whisky, oak, some peat, subtle spice, maybe raisin and slight vanilla fudge. Taste of toffee, fudge, whisky, brandy, some peat, raisin, subtle fig and maybe golden syrup. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. A sweetish, vanilla fudge finish. A superb scotch ale, similar to a whisky barrelled ale. Sweet vanilla, fruit and tasty whisky aroma and flavour, plus only 7%. Extremely flavourful and worth a few pints.
jmgreenuk (6189) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - AUG 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not quite retired it seems. Draft at Taps Beer Bar, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a hazy dark amber with a thin broken white head and some broken lace. The aroma is sweet malt, sticky toffee caramel fudge. The flavour is moderate sweet with a rich bubbly sweet malt, light vinous oak palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation. A big sweetie with and awesome nose.
vanvenlo (1538) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
TruBru bottle(6-Jul-2015)Sweet fruit herbal aroma.Brown red,sheet lace&good head.Sweet malt peat wood biscuit malt,spice wood flavour.Fruit vanilla malt finish&herbal fruit tart wood after.
Choos (685) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: oak, brandy, prunes and orange
App: dark red and clear, tan head
Flavour: toffee and citrus with a noticeable oak influence
Palate: burnt toffee finish with some tartness
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stoutnick (791) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 24, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red brown. Aroma is amazing! Wood, sweetness, malt, all blended together perfectly. Taste is same with a real smoothness. Mild bitterness. Palate is sticky. Overall, the best scotch ale I’ve yet had. Far superior to the basic stonecutter.
davidm (1991) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 22, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On tap at Cookie. Full marks, rich and complex. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, brandy. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Brown, with a frothy head.