Lukaduke (1753) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a rusty brown color with a finger of gaseous foam... lots of sweet toffee and bunrt sugar flavors, slightly murky malt profile, hints of leather and port grapes adds to the sweetness... grape jelly, toasted caramel.
Smurf2055 (1303) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark mahogany, finger off white head.
Smell oddly spicy, fruitiness, flowery, gum and estery, sweet.
Taste powerful caramel up front, sharp, but mellows quickly, nutty, fruity, tea.
superspak (2206) - Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle into snifter, 2013 bottling. Pours very hazy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, pear, apple, fig, toast, toffee, molasses, red grape, oak, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, yeast ester, and port barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, raisin, fig, pear, apple, red grape, oak, clove, herbal, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy tannin-like tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, molasses, raisin, fig, pear, apple, red grape, oak, clove, herbal, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of malt, yeast ester, and barrel flavors; with a nice malt/tannin balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and lightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice scotch ale. All around good balance and complexity of malt, yeast ester, and port barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Huhzubendah (2266) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.
The beer has a russet body with a small off-white head. Oak, red wine, dessert wine, port, malt, maybe a touch of vanilla. Smooth flavor. A velvety dessert beer. Sweet, but not too. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Not a ton of traditional scotch ale or wee heavy flavor. Like a sweeter, slightly more robust Belgian amber ale. Pretty good.
ADesenberg (500) - Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Pours a reddish copper color with a small tan head. Aromas are fruit, wine, oak. Flavor is nice and smooth... Oaky, more fruit. Some wine for sure. Some sweet caramel. This is a standout for me. Very interesting.
Tmoney99 (10093) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a clear dark brown color with a moderate frothy tan head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium toasted malt, wood and sweet alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy alcohol sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. A smooth complex drinkable brew.
mbgrayson (505) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear copper color, with tan head. Aroma of sweet fruits and sugars. Taste is sweet and malty, like a Belgian aged is port barrels. Can’t taste the wood so much though. An interesting blend, and very drinkable. Thumbs up.
DrSilverworm (5029) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, shared by tmoney99. Mildly hazy orange brown color. Thin khaki head. Some ropes and dots of lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of soft lighter carbonation.. Lightly dry finish. Light tart, moderate sweet. Good complex aroma. Caramel malt, some tannic, light vinous notes. Light dark fruit. Tasty complex scotch ale. Port barrel works well for it.
NikkTwist (1390) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle at Eulogy. Cloudy orange brown. Started with some large off-white foam that quickly disappeared. Thin Scotch Ale with caramelized dark fruits. The Port is not overpowering, though the barrel contributes a lot of wood tannins that significantly dry out the underlying sweetness. The vegetable Scotch Ale flavors are definitely there, though it feels more like a dark Trippel or Noel. Complex enough, but the body reads much too thin.
BBB63 (5746) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked bottle: Deep mahogany tint with a frothy off-white head and good lace. The aroma has notes of plum, red wine, caramel, oak, slight char and and overall earthy yeast ester. The taste is fruity and winey as expected with some sugary sweetness countered by the oak and twang. The mouth feel is smooth yet lively, tannic dry finish. Pretty damn good brew but still not sure if worth the monies.