MXD (304) - Gatineau/St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, - DEC 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours copper. Slightly hazy. Good and long lasty creme head. Aroma is mainly about caramel and grass. Taste is... surprisingly rich. It’s obviously a malt-driven brew, which brings up lots of caramel and even fruit notes. Somewhat dusty, in a good way. A bit too sweet (the only thing i can say against this, really). Not much hops profile, but the beer itself doesn’t suffer. Brought at the LCBO. I don’t know if it was a random pick but... wow. Best scotch ale I haven’t drank for a while.
DerGantzel (323) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very sweet, well tasting scotch ale. Brown reddish appearance. Notes of caramel and fruits. Full body.
nickd717 (4183) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 21, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear dark chestnut color with a lasting khaki head. Aroma is nice and rich, with pear smoke, ham sandwich, toffee, vanilla, and chocolate. The flavor is dry and smoky, only mild caramel and toffee sweetness. Surprisingly drinkable considering, with a good active carb level. Really interesting and tasty.
Itsumishi (45) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a pint bottle. Pours a deep brownish red toffee colour. Aroma is big on malts but isn’t overpowering. Toffee, toast, caramel, scotch, wood. Taste is big sweet right from the start that carries through the middle with light unami joining in the middle and a medium bitter finish. A light alcohol kick comes with the bitter. Palate is a bit light for a scotch ale and not as oily as I usually enjoy. Carbonation is medium and pleasant. A decent well made and balanced drop, well suited to those starting out in the world of scotch ales and other stronger beers; but not enough kick or booze for my taste in that world.
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a ruby reddish brown with a resilient beige head. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, grape, bubble gum. Flavor is burnt caramel, brown sugar, black licorice and ash. Finish is dark grape, light tartness, red and black cherry. Lingering earth and fruit. Medium to full body, average carbonation. Solid!
Skarecrow (262) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 1, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle BB Jan 2017
Spicy clove malty nose.
Poured chestnut brown with creamy head.
Sweet slightly cloying upfront with strong cloves aftertaste.
Also got a slight oxidized cardboard note which is odd give BB is Jan 2017
A good beer to have with desert or with some oat cookies/cakes by the fire.
borre_m (1334) - NORWAY - JUN 11, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours nutty brown. Aroma is malty, sweet, toffee, caramel. Taste is balanced, malty, toffee, caramel.
tfredvik (1762) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, deep copper body with a long-lived, eggnog head that leaves some lacing. Sweet, malty and quite strong aroma of lots of sweet caramel, lightly roasted malt and dark dried fruits. Some spiciness in the back. Strong flavour of sweet caramel, lightly roasted malt and caramelised almonds, with alcohol and anise and other spices with hints of christmas in the back. Moderate sweet taste with a long and moderate bitter finish. Mid-bodied, smooth texture, moderate carbonation. Light malty dry finish. Lovely!
[33 cl bottle enjoyed 15 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Online]
Florya (1800) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 9, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
How : bottle Appearance : dark red with a small off-white head. Aroma : smoked meat, caramel, dried fruits, cherry, plums and woodchips. Palate : medium body, average carbonation.
Holmen1 (4878) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fra flaske på Mi2, Cardinal (Asko Rogaland ølmesse): rødlig rav med ok skum. Bæraroma og smag med lav bitterhed og myk balance. Saftig.
gunnar (7959) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUN 6, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bottle at Cardinal. Pours clear deep amber with a small creamy head. Malty aroma, raisins and caramel. Taste is light sweet, more dry herbal and fruity hops, lingering dry finish, high carbonated, slick mouthfeel.