DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours turbid deep brown with frothy, 1-finger off-white head. Aroma is malty, with nuts, brown sugar, raisins, and earthy peaty oaky notes. The flavor is rich, malty, with defined oaky, earthy, some vanilla, fig, raisins, and brown sugary notes. It does get a bit hot as it warms, and the carbonation is a bit low, and technically this doesn’t fit the scotch ale profile, but I still found this to be an enjoyable libation on a cold winter night.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear dark amber pour with a ring of offwhite lace. Unpleasant aroma and flavor of bourbon, butterscotch and corn syrup. The body is light to medium with a liquorous texture and low carbonation.
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Flat, oxidized and buttery, heavily bourbon influenced scotch ale. Almost 20$
Genuine caramelized notes. Vanilla notes.
Cheap bourbon smell – exuberant. Butterscotch abundance. Corn oil. Greasiness. Fading head. Growing alcohol blast. Absent carbonation. Lifeless pour. Oxidation. No smoke.
beerbill (3531) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
1 litre bottle with a flip-top. Pours a cloudy brown with a very thin, sloppy, soapy head that completely disappeared before the first sip. Pleasant aroma of malt, bourbon and oak. The flavor is very nice with malt up front with just a bit of peat followed by strong bourbon and oak along with some notes of vanilla as well. The finish is kind of flat and dull, which I believe is due to the fact that this beer is undercarbonated, as evidenced by the nearly lifeless pour. Overall, there were parts of this beer I enjoyed and others that were disappointing.
Ibrew2or3 (7077) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Gillard (the man, myth, legend, who else sits for weeks and weeks with Black Hole as they’re only rating. Gillard rocks!!). Also Degarth has one of these from Santa so I need to see what that’s all about. Pours a clear amber-ish brown with weak off white head. The aroma is big with an inviting oakiness and mild bourbon mixed with roasted malts, earthiness and toffee. The lack of carbonation gives it a soft start to the flavor with bourbon and mild wood. Then tasty caramel, toasty toffee, toasted wheat bread and a vein of earthiness move the experience toward the finish. The taste lingers for a long while and shows mild oxidation.
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bought the blue 1 liter pop-top so i could keep the bottle for home brew, on sale at mgm for under $8. average head, nice lacing, poured dark brown. malty aroma, smokey oak notes, sweet taste, some hops, slick. enjoyed it...
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep brown with an off white head. Aroma has notes of caramel and oak. Nice malty flavor with a deep oakish charateristic.
alexanderj (3332) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle; poured a dark auburn color; light brown head. Aroma was of butterscotch, caramel, and oak. Flavor was a little bit one dimensional. Sweet caramel and bourbon were just too dominating. Lacked any roasted or smoky presence. Flavor was sweet. Alcohol was well hidden. Overall, it was good, but lacked some of things that you would look for in the style.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of Gillard. That guy is pretty cool. Brown cola body, no head and hardly any carbonation apparent. Ruh-roh. Does have an edging of bubbles, but that’s pretty much it. It looks like flat Pepsi. Nose of Diacetyl, toffee, some earthy/musty notes, dark malts. No peat is present, which is disappointing. Also pick up some boozy notes on the back end, probably from the barrels. Tastes pretty similar to what it smells like, again not much if any peat, but it does have a nice caramel buttery flavor that is somewhat appealing. Medium bodied, very flat mouthfeel. As a result it is smooth, but again it’s like drinking a flat soda, it’s just missing something. Brief finish, kind of putters out, some caramel and bourbon, and then nothing. Would like to try another bottle, but it seems like carbonation is an issue with a lot of these bottles judging by the reviews.
IrishBoy (3882) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
1 L Bottle from tytoanderso; Nose of oak, caramel, and light smokiness; hazy dark rusty colored witha tiny beige head; flavor is caramel, smoke, and coffee; good but not great scotch ale. Just a slight hiss as bottle opened, almost flat, very little carbonation.