after4ever (6055) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750, corked, capped, and foiled. Gorgeous, gorgeous presentation. Pours a crystal clear but very, very dark amber with a big surging bubbly head that settles away very quickly. Piercing tangy balsamic and soft lemony nose with great earthy, peaty underpinnings and lots and lots and lots of fresh barrel stave. Very appealing, not least due to its uniqueness. The oak would piss me off in most other beers when it’s this present, but here it feels harmonious despite its intense forwardness. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Earthy, peaty, complex attack, followed by a tangier mid palate and a long dry oaky finish that’s effervescent enough to stay coherent. It never leans too far one way or another, despite needing to balance several very different and very pronounced elements in its flavor and aromatics profiles. Beautifully done. You definitely have not heard enough about how spectacular this beer is, so now you have to drink some so you’ll know.
Prufrockstar (794) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle -- thanks, Tom! Pours clear ruby with khaki head that quickly dissipates to a ring. Cherry, vanilla, and balsamic vinegar on the nose. Taste brings a nice tartness, with pronounced oak and a bit of smoke. There’s a little copper initially, but that drops off. Finishes dry. Overall: this is really nice.
mikedR (1069) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Overall I think this is quite good. The biggest problem it has is that the beer is slightly unbalanced. Specifically, the sourness overshadows the base scotch ale a bit too much. Somewhat of a nitpick, however.
chuckstout (243) - Washington, USA - APR 30, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice pleasant aroma of oak and wine character from the barrels with overlays of fig, plum, cherries and some brightness. Pours a orange pink with a off white dense foam cap. Great body and mouthfeel not overly sour, but very well balanced and drinkable at 9.9%. Awesome wish I would have bought one to age.
Caskalefan (145) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2014 Remarkably complex, smooth and balanced sour with lots of red wine tannins, sour cherries, and figs(revealing its Scotch Ale beginnings),and the requisite horse blanket and funk. Perfection.
hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Clear dirty-orange ale with a small, fizzy, white head that’s gone in a flash. The nose is a malty, earthy swirl of caramel, wood, tree nuts and funk. Full-bodied with jazzy carbonation. The flavor provides a good measure of lactic acidity, moderate praline sweetness and light bitterness. Tangy-sweet finish - a touch more tangy than sweet. Thanks to newcigarz for sharing this world class oddity with the south Florida crew!
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown, tea-like appearance. Cherry and oak influence on the nose. Medium bodied with healthy tension between the Belgian yeast and the scotch ale makes this completely unique. Some plum and fig kick in on the back of the palate and into the finish.
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml from Chuck’s. I dunno. I guess I’m kind of cheesed at the fact it is $22.59 for a bottle. No traces of the scotch ale present, yet also not quite as tart as I’d like. The 10%ABV packs a wallop, so that’s nice. Reminds me of red wine more than anything else.