Reimer96 (1731) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear dark ruby red with an off white ring. Aroma of caramel, smoke, light peat & salt. Taste is caramel, smoke and a slight bitterness on the finish. Body isnít as full as youíd expect for the color and aroma.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at RBAG, from my commemorative RBAG glass. Pours clear brown, with a thin off-white head, and spotty lacing. Nose is smoky caramel, salt, honey. Iím getting a bit tired of these big, sweet beers. Scotch Ales, Barleywines, Old Ales, American Strongs etc. They just start to run into one another, and become much the same beer. Flavours of soft caramel, smoke, honey, sweet malt, fudge. A decent enough brew, but really not my thing anymore.
patricks110 (2283) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darn good brew. Purely opaque dark brown with a thick creamy beige head. The nose is well malted and moderately roasted with light peat and Smokey scotch notes. Very drinkable and full Bodied. Overall an easy to drink and tasty peaty roasted malts.
Wanja (767) - GERMANY - AUG 28, 2012
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice dark cloudy color, but very small and short head. Interesting malty taste, everyone should try it.
gramity (1584) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBAG Summer Session 2012. Pours a very deep orange-amber with a small diminishing creamy tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, light smoke, nuts and some chocolate. Slightly watery flavour of toasted caramel malt, smoke and light hops in the dry finish. Average to medium bodied.
Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 22, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Single bottle purchased from a BC Liqour Store in Vernon, BC on 03/11/2011. Colour: Dark brown with hints of orange. Minimal head. Nose: Pureed tomato, flank steak, malt vinegar. Taste: Medium-light sweet, medium-light bitter, medium sour. More meaty stuff....like something mysterious that was boiled in a pot for hours then covered in tomato sauce. Malted barely comes through with a bit of sweet saviour but then long lingering leather and roughness on the finish. Certainly not one of the best Russellís iíve tasted.
saxo (15684) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Maloneís. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are caramel, nuts, dried fruits, malt and hops.
WheatKing (1328) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - JUL 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I really enjoyed this one... I think itís the ashy mouthfeel that does it for me. Or maybe because Scotch ales are all too often cloying, and this one struck the perfect balance for my taste. I have a love affair with nuts too and this one of course reminded me of that (donít tell my SO). Kept it at the back of my fridge way too long.
GregClow (3041) - 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 Iíll 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,