BeerandBlues2 (11840) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by MrChopin. Pours dark brown with a small, fizzy beige head, short retention with no lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (toffee, cookie, caramel), no hops, light esters (apple/pear) and notes of dates and vanilla. Flavor is heavy malt (toffee, cookie, caramel), no hops, light esters (apple/pear) and notes of dates and vanilla. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a sweet finish.
Travlr (20327) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at CaptainCougar’s local tasting, thanks! Bright and clear amber. Aroma of very light scotch. Taste is pure whiskey, over the top.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to hophead82. Pours with a small tan head and a hazed brown body. Aromas of light smoke, alcohol, a bit of wood, earthy, caramel. Flavors of dark fruits, raisins, red apple, dates and light smoke. Very light wood contribution. Medium to light bubbles. A bit warming.
thirdeye11 (5975) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2011 (Bottle, party downstairs at Falling Rock) clear copper, lasting creamy tan head. Nose of caramel, bit medicinal, funky, artificial cherry, and a used dish rag. Taste of artificial cherry, cereal grain, syrupy, wheat and rye. Well carbonated, syrupy body, cherry linger. Original rating: 6-3-5-3-12
Re-rate (22oz bomber thanks to bu11zeye) rich cherry brown pour with a ring of tan bubbles. Nose is dripping with caramel, oak, maple syrup, quite decadent. Taste of oak, a bit metallic, caramel, maple, and medium sweetness. Tingly carbonation, excellent linger. New Rating: 8-4-7-4-15.
brokensail (15468) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is dark amber in color with a nice amount of carbonation and an off-white head.
S: Fairly decent scotch ale aromas. Quite a bit of bread and toffee with some nice toasted malts and bread. A fair amount of vanilla along with mild smoke and oak notes.
T: Things are pretty much the same flavor-wise. Sweet and malty with lots of toffee and caramel, toasted bread is there too. Perhaps a bit more vanilla than expected and some peat/smoke and oak flavors.
M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.
O: Not really going to knock your socks off, but it was a good beer.
Fred82 (2131) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber shared by MartinT.
Appearance : Dark amber.
Aroma : Great wood and caramel. Great fruits.
Taste : Great sugar with nice caramel. Nice yeasty fruits. Nice wood too.
Overall : I really enjoyed this one. Not too heavy for a scotch ale. Nice balance between caramel and wood. Nice intentse caramel on the finish while being rather dry and not heavy. Very enjoyable.
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Elegant oak adds complexity to this Wee Heavy’s berry-laced caramel malts. This is not one of those over-the-top barrel-aging jobs; kudos to Silver City for being parsimonious.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the brownish dark red.
-The caramel finish could be longer for my tastes.
-The body is quite lean for the style; this increases drinkability, but then again some looking for a rich Scotch-style Ale are not going to be completely satisfied with this one. This is drier than most Quebec examples...
-Hops add a touch of bitterness in the finish, but they barely succeed in making an appearance.
bhensonb (13735) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours dark ruddy amber with no head. Rich vinous and dark fruit aromas. Full bodied. Flavor starts oaky/vanilla, goes to sweet dark malt, and then there’s something like date/raisin/prune. A very little smoke towards the end. Finishes more sweet than dry, but far from sticky sweet. Oak at the end as well.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to hannont for the bottle. Pour is cola brown. Quite muddy looking. Fizzy tan head and no lace to speak of. Aroma is toffee, caramel, light
Peat and nuts. Flavor is dry with plenty of residual bitterness. Sweet and malty.
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle from Bottlworks. Pours a cola reddish brown with tan head that reduces quickly to a thin ring. Aroma is woody caramel malt. Taste is underwhelming...the oaky woodiness combined with the caramel malt combines to form a flavour best described as egg-salad like. Crazy and weird and I’m fully aware I’m cutting against the grain of the high ratings this beer generally gets...but it ain’t working for me. These two very dominant flavours just do not work together, they are in opposition. Maybe it’s my general dislike of American Oak (hate it in Chardonnay as well). At least the finish is better, slightly boozy but more refined with lingering vanilla and sweet caramel...the woodiness is less apparent in the end which is merciful.