ansermadide (1526) - 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.
Huhzubendah (2945) - 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
llcooldave (1161) - 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...
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.
Golfnhawk (19) - Iowa, USA - APR 20, 2012
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
This was disapointing, initial alcohol tasted so strong it masked other flavors.
edgallow (2686) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of caramel malt and grain. Taste is grain and a bit of sweetness.
sloshgator (544) - 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.
degbert (1346) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark red-brown with a cream/cinnamon head. Nose is fruity -- dates, black cherry -- and maple or brown sugar notes. Smoky and dry on the palate, with definite molasses and fruit notes -- not at all sweet, which is a nice counterpoint to the confectionery nose. Finishes long and smoky, with prickly carbonation. Good, and almost Islay-like.
jmagnus87 (2912) - 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.
mmmbeer (1309) - 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!