hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle by way of shyam on 12/20/2009.
clear garnet brown pour with a small off white head and some spotty lace.
odd aroma... something sulphuric and vegetal is in front of notes of buttery caramel/toffee, spice, fruit(?) and iron.
the palate seems to be missing something... it is rather dead and flabby.
flavors of malt, caramel, green pepper skin, cherry fruitiness (deep in the back) and that same vegetal thing.
it seems to be a bit light bodied as well. 5/3/4/2.5/12/2.7
beernbourbon (1264) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Adam at RB gathering. Pour is clear brown with a small tan head. This beer had a lightly malty character with some notes of cedar, brown sugar, and booze. Fairly light body overall. Certainly solid, but just no as rich and full as I was hoping.
BBB63 (5741) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chitown RB gathering Jan 2010: bottle shared by Adam, thanks
Mahogany hued with a frothy off-white head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of caramel, fig, smoke, slight iodine and salt, some earthy yeast esters and a touch of grassy hops. The taste has a nice sweet malt Melanoidin and Crystal/Caramel character along with a dab of apricot fruitiness backed by a light salty and mineral tones. Some faint bitterness shows at the end. The body is far too thin for the flavor profile IMO. While this is good some dextrin or oats added to help the body and a splash more of peated malt would go a long way in improving this brew.
SrSilligoose (3120) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle shared by flssmrbrewalum at chicagoland ratebeer gathering. Pours a clear brown with a small beige head. Notes of bread, peat, dough. A little underwealming, but not bad.
Frank (2384) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown red w/ a white head of mixed sized bubbles. Big malts in the nose, lots of raisin and a little chocolate. Carbonation lightens a mildly sticky mouthfeel where I feel this beer would have been better of just being it’s own sweet self.
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from Adam... Pours a transparent medium brown with a wispy off-white head... Aroma of peat with a little vegetable... Sweet with peat and caramel. Medium body.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to kp: Pours a transparent dark copper amber mahogany with a thin ring of off-white head. Aroma of sweet doughy dark caramel malts with some lightly smoky peat character. Starts with good fullness and a nice dark malty sweetness with some light peat flavor and dark fruity complexity before a drier, toasty finish. A pretty well-balanced and authentic Scotch ale.
ajm (1063) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from craftbeerdesign - thank you Geoff! Nose of malt and maybe paint cocoa. Color light brown. Flavor was less thick and peaty than I am used to in a Scotch. Rather light on the malt, with a weird grainy thing happening.
jkwalking05 (3491) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Brown in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is of peat, caramel, and malt. Taste is of malt, earth, caramel, and corn.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle thanks to Grant. Pours a clear deep dark brown with a small light tan head that quickly fades to a small ring. Aroma of dark caramel, dark fruit, and light smokey wood. Flavor is mostly sweet and malty with a light roasty bitterness. Medium body with mild carbonation and slick mouth feel. Overall this is very nice, big and malty like a Scotch ale should be without being a malt bomb. Thanks Grant.