superspak (2411) - Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/30/2011. Pours lightly hazy dark red amber color with a nice 1 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, toast, molasses, toffee, dark bread, peat, wood, light smoke, light chocolate, scotch, floral, and earthy spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance. Taste of caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, raisin, peat, wood, bread, light smoke, floral, scotch, and earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, molasses, bread, peat, floral, scotch, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of flavors with some great complexity; with zero cloying sweetness present on the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent scotch ale! Nice balance and great flavor complexity; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one, very well done.
BeerKurve (481) - - DEC 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2013 Dark brown with a high amount of visible carbonation, a fizzy head, and no lacing.Very robust Butterrum, Caramel, Oak, Scotch, Smoke and Barley aroma. flavors with only a slight boozy flavor. Carbonation is rather strong to what is an otherwise lightweight body. An excellent scotch ale overall by the makers of my favorite soda; Puma Kola!
cancerhawk (22) - - DEC 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice maltiness in this beer. Creamy and light hops. Good drinking beer. Has a nice aroma.
sloshgator (401) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Citrusy aroma with flavors to match. Slight grassy hints with a smokey quality. This beer is nicely balanced and mega flavorable. Served in a bottle and good bit of alcohol but not overpowering. This is one beer you have to try.
mmmbeer (1225) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2012
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
12 oz. bottle in shaker- poured a transparent sunfaded light brown, extremely light white ring around the glass for a head. Aroma of peat, smoke, and... butter... ugh ohh. Hits the mouth with a medium body, malt is beefy with some light smoke in it, middle has butter, finish makes my stomach turn- infection. Re-rate down the line- and all 4 bottles were like that. Fuck!
jmagnus87 (2333) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The bartender at Sprecher said this tasted like scotch...and she was right. Everything from the earthy/peaty flavors all the way to the smokey finish. Kinda reminded me of a glass of Johnnie Green after all the ice has melted. I would drink this again anytime.
llcooldave (1065) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very fruity aroma with smoky peated malt in the background. Pours a crystal clear ruby copper color in the glass. Sweet fruity malt upfront, apple, raisin and some spice as well followed by more of the smoky peat. Overall, a tasty brew...
Huhzubendah (2399) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!
A: The beer is mostly clear with a very slight haze. the color is a burnt orange hue. The head is a half inch thick and leaves some fair lacing behind.
S: The beer smells of sweet malts, alcohol, peat, and smoke.
T: The taste is decent, with a bit more smoke than is usual. I have no complaints with this, as I prefer smokey Islay single malt scotches such as Ardbeg, Laphroaig, and Lagavulin.
M: The feel is OK, with a lingering sweetness and notes of smoke, along with an alcoholic finish.
D: A decent beer. I would drink it again, though I probably wouldn’t purchase it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-04-2010
ansermadide (1502) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sprecher’s Scotch-style ale is definitely Scottish in style, with smoked wood and/or peat dominating the flavor. Its aroma is also very malty with that same smoked peat character. It’s nice and meaty in the mouth, but still not too heavy. The alcohol presence in this is not that noticeable thanks to the heavy smoke and malt.
The smoke is just potent enough to dominate, but not so much that it’s uncomfortable or extreme (we’re not talking Rauchbier or anything), allowing it to really spice up the humdrum British malts. It’s really very good, enough to impress me. I certainly wasn’t expecting this to be so good.
Jimmeekrek (52) - - JUL 3, 2012
1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Drain pour. While I usually love a good scotch ale, this one was a MAJOR disappointment. It smelled like earth, and when I took a sip it tasted like moss that had been put in a blender. I usually am a big fan of Sprecher, but this was undrinkable, and I poured it after 4 sips. Maybe I just got a bad bottle somehow, but what I had didn’t live up to what I think is a very good local brewery.