jcwattsrugger (10932) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
shared by Jesterdeal-750 bottle-thin white-hazy gold. A-initially lemon, peat/scotch, med malt. Softens and sweetens as it warms. T-sweet med malt-caramel, scotch/peat, spice/earthy hops.
bhensonb (10206) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Capped 750 from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours very hazy orange with a foamy/frothy off-white head. Aroma is peat and wood. Kind of opens up the nasal passage. Cause there’s alcohol there too. Full bodied. Flavor is peat smoke, wood and arguably something fruity. This is not the overwhelming Brewdog approach, but it is really, firmly smoked. Coats the mouth. Finishes that way, but it seems fair to say that the level of smoke is strong, but not annoying like a Paradox. Oh, did I type that? How gauche.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear amber color, medium cream colored head. Aroma of Lagavulin, one of my favorites. Taste is chewy and peaty. Very nice.
Earlier Rating: 12/11/2012 Total Score: 4
Bottle as Single Malt Scottish. Hazy golden color, fluffy white edge head. Aroma of anice leary single malt! Whoa! Taste is similar. More whoa!
BeerandBlues2 (9003) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a small, fizzy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is dates, pear and apple esters with cookie and caramel malt, earthy and spicy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with dark fruity esters, brown sugar, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2013
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tap @ Schlafly St. Louis. Pours a dark golden appearance with a tan head. Boozy, scotch, peaty, cloying fruity aroma. Rich orange citrusy, huge Scotch, very boogy/peaty, boozy flavor. Kind of hard to drink and cloying.
Drake (7846) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 mL bottle from Beer Run. Pours a hazy dark orange color with a large foamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of big whiskey notes, earth, peat, wood, leather, toasty and nutty malts. The taste is pretty intense whiskey and smoke, leather, earth, sweet caramel malts. Medium bodied, lingering spiciness from the smoke, slightly cloying malts, low carbonation. Interestng beer but I fear it may get tiresome quickly.
DocLock (7437) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 shared at Craft Ale House courtesy of a PUB’R acolyte. Poured hazy gold with fizzy white head. Nose was pale malt, scotch, oak. Tasted of noble hops, pale malt, peaty scotch and oak. Overall got real close to the elusive Scotch/Beer boundary, and I found this one to be enjoyable.
jtclockwork (6924) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Jesse at John’s house. Pours cloudy gold with white head. Nose and taste is peat, scotch, peat, scotch and citrus. Kind of like a scotch cut by lemon water. Medium body. Gets better as it warms.
phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle via local STL trade. Pours a hazy old gold color with a finger of foamy eggshell white head. Hoo boy. The aroma is all Scotch barrel; peat and oak, with some dough and earthiness. Flavor is equally Scotchy but has more balance to the oak and peat, with sweet dough, dry grains, and dried fruit. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a peaty mouthfeel. Really unusual. The base beer must be fairly weak, as it vanishes when compared to the barrel. But I like Scotch.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle and served in my La Chouffe tulip: Pours a hazy coppery golden hue with a fading head and spotty lace. The aroma has a rich caramelized malt overtone along with moderate peat and charred vapours. Very earthy, woody and displays a unique ripened fruit ester as well. The taste is all about the confluence of malt and peat, shockingly well balanced with just a touch of hop bitterness. Lovely olde school malting really works with the Scotch barrel IMO. Again there is a random fruitiness that adds a nice level of complexity to this brew. My only worries about this is a potential for some wild yeasties to suddenly turn this beer bad. It is quite warming much like a good scotch and does display some of that medicinal aftertaste found with peaty liquids. Overall I am actually surprised by this, I honestly did not expect it to be so good.