evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a hazy red with a bit of white head. A subtle caramel malt aroma comes through, but not much else. Flavor is bitter, slightly metallic, with some plastic. Slightly smoky with a burnt flavor. Finish is more metal. Not really my thing.
mnmike (1020) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pour. Just use this beer for recipes in which you actually warm this liquid up.
after4ever (6071) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12-oz. Thanks B! Pours cloudy medium brown with a loose tan head that fades quickly. Big graham cracker nose. Creamy thick body with soft carb. Graham crackers and a bit of molasses and honey, along with a bunch of caramel, on the mid palate. Could use a bit of earthy or spicy or even bitter counterpoint to round it out. Sweetish finish.
Brigadier (2880) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle
Thanks to a generous Wisconsin trader for a pair of Rush River releases. This - the first - was not great but not terrible either. I am willing to give Rush River another chance to see what their house approach is.
Aroma / Appearance - The rosy red body was full of optimism. The head was thin and idle. Nutmeg, pumpkin, and squash were festive although the cream cheese icing was a little too much.
Flavor / Palate - Malt driven, this beer is heady and dense. Molasses, sugar, and a semi-bitter touch rot the teeth. The result is unfocused although somehow not totally a train wreck. A slightly below average winter warmer does not bode well for the future bottles. I can think of many better Wisconsin area options to try instead.
Guerde (1162) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Pours a muddy brown color with a medium sized cream colored head and no lacing. Aroma of sugar-coated raisins, lightly roasted malt, stewed dark fruits, dark chocolate, possibly toasted nuts, and arguably a touch of smoked gouda. Flavor possesses plenty of dark chocolate, nicely toasted malt, and a lingering finish of roasted nuts and malt. Mouthfeel is medium to full (gets a bit sticky) and carbonation is light. Overall this is a highly quaffable beer that certainly does not possess many bells and whistles, but remains good nonetheless.
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a normal amber color with not much head. Had a typical scotch ale taste, nothing stood out much, rather average.
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to glass. Amber/brownish pour with off white head. Very malty nose. Contains notes of nuttiness and toastiness. Slightly bitter on the finish. Not a bad winter warmer. Not the standard scotch ale either. While its not mind numbingly awesome, I could drink a few of these especially with its reasonable price point.
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to my favorite glass. Pours a hazy amber brown with a off white head that fades to a whispy film. Aroma is spice and sweet caramel with a malty coffee coco scent. Taste is malty and sweet with a coco coffee finish. Palate is malty slick and dry. Decent brew!
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This is an interesting take on a Scotch ale. Not truly sure how I feel about itn certainly nothing I’d go out of my way for.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from Steve’s Liquor and More in Madison, WI. Pours a murky, somewhat sediment filled, deeper brownish orange colored body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is malty sweet with a few dark fruits and a light hop spice. Caramel, toffee, a light bready toast, raisin, and that very light hopping. Flavor is similar. Slightly toasty caramel and medium sweet toffees up front with a bit more of a distinct hop spicing throughout, but this is still mainly about the malts. Some raisin bread in the middle and maybe a hint of peat towards the end as this finishes a tad thin, but rich and smooth without being overly sweet and mostly dry from a very light hop bitterness. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a round and smooth, soft, medium body and creamy, moderate carbonation. Overall, a decent scotch ale. Not overly sweet, but very smooth and malty with a light hopping to balance. Nothing crazy here, but easy drinking and enjoyable enough.