gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of sebletitje. Pours amber. Nose is banana, booze, bubblegum, caramel. Flavor is full of fig, raisin, dark fruits, booze, sweet caramel, molasses. Decent body. Warming.
markwise (4898) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks sebletitje for the share. Pours red-brown with an off-white head. Nose is sugar, brown sugar, dark malt, molasses, caramel, fruit, and spice. Flavor is similar with all manner of sugar, toasted malts, caramel, spice, alcohol, and a lingering sweetness. Medium-bodied and slightly boozy, but enjoyable nonetheless.
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2010 2009 bottle poured on 3/3/10. Pours dark ruby with tan frothy head. Beautiful lacing. Aroma of peat, pine and treacle. Great rich brown sugar sweetness, then a dry earthy finish. A bit boozy even after 6+ months, but still an incredible scotch ale.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled at Noog Four-0 5/31/08 courtesy of unclejedi: Pours a transparent copper amber with a thin, spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma of some toasty caramel with some light fruits, honey and oxidation. Body starts with decent fullness and rich, sweet caramel and floral fruity honey notes before a slightly drier toasty bittersweet finish. A nice brew, but could use more peaty notes to be a true Scotch ale. Tastes a lot like a braggot.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle an extra in a trade. Pours a dark amber body with a tan cola like dissipating head. Tawny chewy dark fruit, a light woodiness and some scotch and butterscotch notes. A modest etoh warming amongst dark fruit and full body. Nice brew.
PilsnerPeter (3031) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Deep ruby pour with a tan film of head. Sweet malty aroma- a bit buttery- diacetyl- dark fruits, maple, candied plum and vanilla. Fairly thick bodied with low carbonation. Big malt sweetness but no depth or nuance. Some toasted maple- dark fruit/plummy notes. Some light fruit skin bitterness with sweeter notes of raisin followed by vanilla and mild butterscotch. Just big sweet and toasted with no depth. Didn’t detect and peat character. Eh.
BillKismet (3602) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep scotch colored with quickly faded head. Musty wood barrel aroma, then sweet honeyed scotch wafts off the glass. Sweetly malty flavor with bubblegum bursts that aren’t so flattering. A bit too much on the sweet side. I question the alcohol content on this batch as the sugariness bespeaks an under-attenuated beer.
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - MAR 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to thethrone sending me this bottle it wasn’t till now did I recognize it was on my want list dam them for changing the name me. So a huge thanks goes out to him for another want knocked off the list
The bottle PC correct label and all poured into my DFH snifter produced a whopping two fingers worth of tan head but she didn’t last long. The body on the brew was a darker burgandy when held to the light.
Aromas coming from my glass reminded me of a great Scotch, rich caramel, some peat, a hint of smoke, along with some dark fruits
Flavors are right up there as well a good malty sweetness with enough smoked peat to keep it from being to coy. Again I got some darker fruits in it as well. This brew is heavy enough in the mouth to make this a great sipper with almost no carbonation to it at all.
A great drinking Scotch ale, thanks again for sending it my way. I would drink it again but I probably should have split the bomber the 9% caught up with me in the end
trevor211 (1474) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Pours a reddish brown with a smallish head. Very mild aroma - I felt like I couldn’t get a decent read on the beer from it. It has a great, very mellow flavor dominated by earthy malts and the kind of peat you’d find in a Scotch whisky. Slightly fruity, with a good hop presence to balance it out.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2009 heavy on molasses, creamy palate, very enjoyable. sweet taste from the malts and slight fruit/sugar notes.
re-rate. clear dark amber pour. mellow aroma with fruits and possibly dark cherry. very nice.