dalekliz (826) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing. Pours a clear dark reddish-brown with an off-white ring. Aroma of malt, wood, pine, herb, grass, dark fruits. Taste is herbal, with grass, wood, malt, and dark fruits. Lingering sharp wood flavors. Very nice.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber courtesy of SirChugsAlot poured into a tulip.
Pours a dark clear copper with a small off-white head that recedes very quickly to a small collar and leaves little lacing.
Aroma is very sweet with both the caramel malts of the underlying scotch ale and tons of vanilla from the barrel. There is also plenty of dark fruits and the bourbon is there as well, maybe even some bananas.
The taste is a slight step up from the aroma as it isnít overly sweet. It does start with the dark fruit and caramel malt sweetness with some figs and raisins, but the finish really brings out the barrel - vanilla and booze.
The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth with the barrel really softening the carbonation and overall mouthfeel.
This is a great Scotch ale that the barrel has really mellowed out and made into an extremely smooth and tasty brew. Wonderful beer.
zathrus13 (1691) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from bvc. Pours coke colored brown with a minimal head. Aroma is malt, fruit, scotch/whiskey, and some oak. Flavor is malt, smoke, scotch, fruit, and oak. Medium to light body. More carbonation would improve it, but it is tasty as it is.
TheEpeeist (3175) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Brown with a quickly dying beige head. Nose is toffee, peat, spiced raisin, clove and cola. Spiky carb but finishes a bit flat and thin. Taste is scotch, grape, butterscotch and wood. Nice dry, grainy alcohol finish. Well done.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - APR 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
again thanks to WeeHeavySD for bring a sample of this gem. Wow. great aroma. Very sweet. Dark brown color. Lightly smokey. Very good.
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber thanks to riversideAK. Pours dark brown with a small tan ring in place of a head. Lots of carbonation in the pour. Aroma is of scotch, malt, raisins, oak, and alcohol. Taste is of scotch, pine, dark fruit, and malt. Has a medicine taste mixed in there as well. Bitter chocolate bite comes through underneath it all. Lingering flavor of dark fruit and scotch. Nice alcohol burn after each sip. Mouthfeel is light, yet very creamy. The carbonation sort of detracts from the beer. Overall, it was a tasty brew with good drinkability.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Mr. Ben suzy greenburg. Thanks dude, shared with my girlfriend and dalekliz. Pours deep brown almost black with a tan ring. Nose is sweet and malty and slightly oaky. Taste is sweet and rich with some big malt and a touch of vanilla. There is some thinness here as well but overall I find this to be a quite tasty scotch ale.
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep, clear ruddy brown with a thin head that fades to a ring of tiny bubbles. Aroma has quite a bit of oak, offsetting the sweetness of the dark and caramel malts - only a bit of hop character shows. This oneís delicious. Definitely oaked, but the wood doesnít dominate, it accentuates. Lots of lightly roasted malts, a cola note, a bit of vanilla, and I actually get more bourbon than scotch. Iíd never guess it was 9.2% - this is very smooth, and very, very drinkable. Iím continuously impressed with the folks at Silver City, and this is no exception.
BillKismet (3289) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful and rich scotch-colored body with only a ring of head. As advertised, a soft oak-wood nose and also light malting mixing to present a sawdust sweetness. Rich-full body that undulates over the tongue and palate with heavy viscosity. Deep, rich, Golden Promise grains, a ripple of sch\otch whiskey and light barrel woodiness. I am not the biggest fan of oak flavors in beers or wine, yet here, it is tempered and adds just a pleasant rustic woodiness, not the full blown bomb of oak flavors. Mild peatiness integrated throughout the beer as it airs and a hint of scotch nuttiness. Complex and exceptionally palatable for such an immense beer. More oakiness does breath out of the beer towards the end of the glass.
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2009 On tap at Naked City. Pours reddish brown with a frothy off-white head. Malty nose with some oak and cinnamon. Very tasty. Lots of vanilla and malt, sweet and a little nutty. Would never guess this is 9.2% abv. So thick and creamy it lingers like a milkshake. Excellent way to end the night.