amp811 (38) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2009 Very malty with little hops bitterness to counterbalance it, which I love. The malt combined with the candy sugar give it a pleasant, sweet taste. If youíre not careful, youíll finish this one quickly.
Note: Iím a little biased when it comes to a Scotch Ales, especially a good one like this.
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2004
4.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap - Super mega dark coppery color that was only somewhat normal copperyness around the edges. I couldn't discern a perceptable aroma (i have a slight cold). Slight fizzy mouthfeel with a blissfully wonderful malty taste. Simply amazing stuff. Sadly, my girlfriend liked it a lot too...meaning she gave me the beer she was drinking and she got the rest of mine. )=
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown, clear, with a light brown head. Sweet nose with licorice, coffee, chocolate. Exquisite flavor--sweet and rosy, with some light chocolate notes and fruity hints of cherries and strawberries.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an extremely tasty ale and another winner from Smuttynose. Fresh malt aroma and deep garnet color. Nice roasted malt flavor with underlying taste of chocolate and cherries. Nicely balanced with hop presence, this is an exceptional Scotch ale. Many thanks to Goz for this tasty treat.
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 29, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big bottle. Smells nice. Very very smooth and tastes like thistles (didnít see the label on the bottle until after I tasted it) with an undercurrent of apples. No aftertaste at all. I love it!
jde123 (767) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one great tasting beer! Pours with minimal head, nice and aromatic. One of the better selections from the Smuttynose BIG BEER series of beers.
kidobutai (534) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one good tasting beer! Beautiful dark red color makes up for the minimal head. Sweet to the smell, and it goes down very smooth, I was surprised if didnít have a higher ABV. highly recommended.
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
what a beautiful beer wonderfull aromas of swet malts dark fruits roasted barley and slight tabacco slight cherry in the flavor some moked or peated malts just a great brew hope you enjoy it as much as I did
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bomber from Hannaford. Pours a dark copper hazy body with a good inch of khaki colored head. Smells smoky/peaty with hints of chocolate. Chocolate, coffee, burnt malt, peat/smoke, caramel... Rich full body with just enough carbonation. A bit of a sipper, but one sip definitely invites another. I wish my review were more glowing, but this honestly is the best wee-heavy Iíve ever had, and another slam-dunk for Smuttynose!
madelfonatree (146) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle drank July 2015
Look - Dark brown with red and yellow tint. Medium head with aggressive pour. Light tan head with very light lacing.
Smell - Malt. Caramel. Fruit. Sweet.
Taste - Malt. Caramel. Very sweet finish. Earth. Alcohol.
Feel - Smooth with a little carbonation bomb. Dries up on the tongue.
Overall - I bought this beer on sale for $2. Good. Surprising how similar it was to a wheat dunkel beer I like. It is not skunked which I was slightly worried about. I have no idea where my bottle shop found the dusty, moldy cases and cases of these 2013 big beer series beers.