GregClow (2805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Originally written for the Summer 2010 issue of TAPS Magazine.) Scotch Ale is a style not often brewed in Canada, so a tip of the hat to Russell for taking a crack at it as part of their Russell Brewmaster Series of limited edition brews. It has the requisite mahogany-brown colour with a creamy cap of off-white foam, and an on-point aroma of sweet, caramel-like malt with a nutty edge and a hint of smoke. The body is on the light side for the style (as is the 6.5% alcohol level), but the flavour makes up for it, with pleasant notes of dark toffee, roasted nuts, a bit of cocoa, and just enough hops to balance the sweetness without being noticeable otherwise. I generally like a bit more heft in both body and booze from my Scotch Ales, but this one is so enjoyable otherwise that I’ll let it slide.
PBM (1) - - JUN 12, 2012 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My new favourite. Not one to quaff after cutting the grass on a hot summer day. More of a winter ale. Delightful. roasty, caramel, resin, floral, smoke,
cards04 (1395) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 1, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown. Smells and tastes like dark roasted malts and some nice coffee notes as well. Thin mouthfeel though. Average.
SHIG (3403) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a brown with a red edge hint, head was off white. Aroma was off white with strong roasted/caramel malt. Taste was sweet malts slight roastiness, and hints of vanilla bean as well. Very yummy!
HenryXXX (201) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a rusty brown with a fluffy off white head. Smells of malt. The flavor starts with a lot of malty characteristic and subtle butter scotch.
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pintbypint (2352) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml brown bottle. Deep red brown pour, clear. Long lasting creamy head, light tan in colour, decent glass coating sticky lace. Nose has toffee, light roast, wood, nut and grain. Taste sweet caramel malts, earth, roasted barley. Malty and earthy finish with some toffee. Late hops bring some nice finishing bitterness. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation, smooth. A good dark ale, mellow in spots but flavourful enough to keep me drinking it. Would not mind drinking this one again which is more than I can say for a handful of Russell’s beers. This one is well done and has some depth.
v1rgil (151) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours oil black with medium carbonation, medium head that dissipates to thin.
Aroma: Roasted caramel malty and sweet almost like caramel apple without the apple. Just caramel then
First sip is sweet coffee with a bit of peat smokiness
After is sweet and lingering peat.
Radek Kliber (6297) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 650 ml
Aroma: hops with cola , caramel , clean fresh combination. 7+
Appearance: pours as dark brown liquid with lighter tanned beige cap. Fairly low carbonation. 3-
Body , Flavour , Palate and Final Notes: medium bodied. Earthy sides with slight nutty accents with roasted like caramel feel on top. Enough heft to be substantial. I like this rendering of style. Good brew.
after4ever (5847) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at carderos. Hazy dark brown with a dense and rocky tan mousse on top. Mild peat and brown bread nose. Creamy medium body with soft wooly carb. Brown bread, light peat, and a bit of molasses on the mid palate. Subdued and likable.
stantheman (563) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2012 On tap at Biercraft. Very dark, with beige head. Taste is very malty, reminiscent of chocolate. Not much complexity. Pleasant.