CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a transparent deep dark copper with hints of ruby and a thin, light tan head. Aroma is lightly peaty, smoked and sweet with a full deep caramel maltiness and a touch of earthy, piney hops. Body starts full and sweet with nice authenticity and lots of well-balanced malt. Light complexity is very enjoyable. Iím glad Sprecher is brewing this again.
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Clear reddish-brown body under a medium light tan head. Earthy, dry aroma: Butterscotchy caramel malt followed by earthy peat. The first thing I notice when sipping is the satisfyingly thick mouthfeel; it fits the rest of the flavor very well. Strong earthy notes, rye spice, and well-toasted carmael malt. Finishes with a malty tartness and dried leafiness. This beer is unique because it provides big flavors w/o resoritng to high hopping levels. The maltís kilning really stands out. There might be some hops in here but theyíre in a stricly supportive role here. What a treat!
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is nutty caramel, but taste brings in smoke (misplaced); body thinner than expected --- was expecting more
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle provided by redlum:
Nice coppery hue with an initial large fizzy head that faded to nothing and no lace. The aroma has notes of caramel and grainy malts, toffee, overripened pear and blackberry, walnut, wispery smoke and a bit phenolic. The taste is sweet malts supported by some equally sweet fruit. The finish is most bready and a dash of salty and smoked character (I didnít get any peatmoss like others). If you donít like sweet beers you probably will not like this. The feel is thin bodied yet a sticky quality makes it work, more warming than expected on the chest. Good overall beer and glad to have tried it.
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Deep copper/amber pour with just a little creamy off-white head. Strong aroma even as it was warming up to drinking temperature... a solid amount of caramelly sweetness, smoke, and some floral hops. STiís right-on with the flavor.. you think itís all gone, and BAM!... smoked peat. Overall quite sweet, with a sticky finish. A little alcohol warmth accompanied some peat and darker fruit on the finish.
1FastSTi (3272) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from a bottle, this beer pours to a fizzy light tan head that disapated fully and quickly. The body is a clear mahogany color. The flavor is initally caramel and toffee with a light smoke. Then about 10 seconds later, just when you thought the flavor was gone, it becomes peaty and nice. The aroma is a touch light. Caramel and peat, smoked malts. The palate is sweet and sticky with a medium-full body, lingering flavor, and moderate carbonation.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Translucent cherry wood in color with a fizzing, spinning and lively tan bubbled head. Aroma leads in with caramel and chocolate, bubble gum, peat, chicory, walnuts and a hint of burnt twigs. Admirable, wholesome first quaff. Smoked malts come to the forefront, partnering with caramel and English toffee. Hints of chocolate malt linger with pecans and walnuts. A distinct earthen edge is evident but the sweetening is frequently cumbersome. If it werenít for the smoked malts, Iíd be singing a slightly more depressing song. Medium-to-full bodied. Carbonation sprits is a little heavy early on but it subsides in due time. Finishes with viscous caramel. Decent and above average beer from a brewery thatís usually hit or miss.
twindadplus2 (572) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown body with a ruby tinge. Nice creamy, light brown head. Aroma is sweet caramel and smoke with a bit of floral hops. Taste is lots of sweet malt and peat smoke. Smooth and light to medium bodied with light carbonation. The finish is a bit of flowery hops and more peat smoke. I like it; Reminds me of some of the heavily peated Islay single malts. A good beer if you like single malt scotch (and I *really* like single malt scotch :-)
heemer77 (5078) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark ruby body that is almost brown. The aroma is nice and light smoke with a little hint of caramel. Sweet overall. The taste is rich caramel with some metallic overtones. Finishes with a slight tartness that is a little disconcerting for a beer that starts so sweet. A decent Scotch ale that might benefit from a little more smoky character and some balance for the tart finish.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2005 Original Tap @ Brewery: Nice dark amber color with a dark cream colored head. Aromas both slightly smokey and medicinal. While colder the beer was quite pronounced in smoke flavor (much like íliquid smokeí and was highly carbonated. As it warmed the malt flavors started to come back. A decent offering as a smoked beer. A bit light in malt for a scottish for my tastes. <<
>> Bottle Version "Pipers": Aromas are less medicinal with a light floral hops undertone. The smoky flavors are there, but still seems to lack the deep malt character along with the smoke. Aroma and overall go up one, everything else is about the same.