bpreo (1615) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
I visited Boston this past November. Sure, the Boston Beer Company was on my mind, but I never pursued it. The same goes for this beer, it’s something to think about, but not really worth making an effort for.
Hair6a11 (1360) - Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle; Pour is dark golden/amber with an off white head; spotty lacing in this snifter. Aromas are caramel malt and a mild smokiness, coupled with the peat, that you would probably expect for the style. I don’t find it slightly sweet, but predominately so. In fact, I’d say this was the second weakest of the recent 6 beer pack, second only to the wit. I find the brew slightly off putting, when you look at the flavor profile as a whole. Not impressed.
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottled pours amber with a moderate off white head. aromas of peet and caramel. flavors are mostly smoke and peet with a touch of earth and caramel. its medium bodied with a lingering finish.
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear but deep red/amber hue with a decent little off white head.
Aroma is mostly caramel malt, witha hint of smokiness from the peat-smoked malt. But overall it doesn’t have the strongest aroma.
Almost surprisingly where this beer lacks in aroma it more than makes up for in flavor. This beer comes in with a medium to full bodied but big smoky flavor. Caramel malts and even some light earthy hops show through for excellent balance in the extensive smoky finish. Soft and somewhat creamy mouthfeel make it an easy drink. I enjoyed it but I don’t know if I would necessarily consider this my style.
mcox90 (1547) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass. Pours a dark amber/copper color with a 1 finger beige head. Aroma is light caramel malt with a mild scent of hops.Taste is caramel and toffee to start, then turns to light peat and toasted malt. Some nutlike flavor. A touch of smoke in the finish. Moderate bodied palate.
Pershing (476) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brownish-red with good size tan head that slowly fades away. Good amount of carbonation with a smokey malt aroma. Slightly bitter with good mouthfeel. Finishes dry with a lingering aftertaste. I wish they still bottled these in the 22 ouncers.
bnoel09 (434) - Elk Grove, California, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into a globe/snifter glass. Color is dark ruby brown with a moderate tan head. Aroma is sweet malts but also has a fair amount of hop character - far more than other Scotch ales I have tried. Flavor starts with sweet malts and transitions to more of the peat smokiness through the middle into the finish. Body is light/medium with a more slick/less creamy mouthfeel than other Scotch’s I’ve tried. Overall this is a good beer and I think it is highly drinkable despite what the commercial description might say; but to me it lacks some of the richness and depth of other Scotch ales.
rjplumer (397) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Has a nice malty, but not overpowering aroma and taste. It also has a hint of smokiness in the taste. It grabs your attention at first with it’s boldness but then mellows. Has a nice deep amber brown color. I would drink it again no problem.
Vir4030 (515) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2011
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours a clear dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma of alcohol and roasted hops, mild. Flavor of roasted hops. Interesting.
sciencedude (62) - USA - APR 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dry beer with hoppy, bitter taste which is not overpowering. Subtle smoky aftertaste. Not as malty as I would like. Cool one timer and not bad, but definitely not my favorite SA.