elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy, dark amber, with little in the way of head. Wispy, off-white lacing remains. Aroma of sweet fruits dominate, with distinct cherry, fig, and banana note. Strongly alcoholic aroma and not much in the way of malts or hops. Flavor is strongly alcoholic and warming. Some sweet-sour fruitiness is there, but the hoppy bitterness is a bit surprising. Mouthfeel is watery with moderate carbonation. In sum, a great wintertime ale.
puboflyons (1825) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 10, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 12. fl. oz. bottle sent to me from a non RB-member in trade. The pour is a deep amber color with a quick lasting off-white head. The aroma is beautifully malty with sweet sugary notes and dark fruit. It smells so nice and inviting. The body is creamy and medium. The taste is right up there among the most traditional of Scottish Wee Heavies with plenty of sweet malts and mellow finish. 8%? Hard to know that is the case.
cazort (489) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich, complex, warming, hearty. Pours with little head, a dark reddish-brown color. Sweet, but the sweetness is balanced with a richness and is pleasant. High alcohol content is evident in the aroma. Aroma mostly of malt and wood, but very complex. Heavy and filling; I can’t imagine drinking more than one; after drinking one bottle I was very satisfied. Only slight carbonation. In spite of the sweetness and heaviness of this brew, it left a clean, dry feeling on the palate. Very pleasant. I normally don’t like beers with sweetness and strongly-evident high alcohol content, but this was very well-executed.
wesyates (52) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is interesting in how strong a flavor it has based on the water and hops. I am fond of Ruck-Rabbit and love their more common styles, however, this beer has a slight, hmmmm, oyster taste to it. I know the water around that area and this might be an effect, but it was quite a shock to taste. VERY pronounced dry hop presence with a moderate malt balance. Quite heavy as the style suggests and is not one to be consumed at once. Savor this one but be aware that you might taste some interesting flavors.
AdamT (89) - Wilson, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Total Wine. Medium brown hue, normal clarity with mostly diminishing light brown head. No lacing. Light malt and fruit on the nose with a hint of spice. Light bitter malt & fruit up front with a light average malt & some spice finish. Dry on the palate.
zoucrew102 (347) - - DEC 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks sevenhokie! Sweet caramel malt aroma with some peat and a touch of smoke. Pours deep caramel brown with a medium tan head and good lacing. Caramel malt with a hint of brown sugar to start. Finishes extremely smooth with a rich peatiness and a bit of smoke and booze. Excellent scotch ale.
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GTAEgeek (1023) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Perimeter Taco Mac. Dark brown color, with a small, tan head. The aroma is vanilla, caramel, peat, and light smoke. The flavor is very sweet, with light earthiness. Medium body, smooth, and a little lively on the tongue. This is a nice, mild, and very approachable scotch ale. Well done.
DCLawyer (1298) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle->tulip. Lite a,ber with solid two-inch offwhite head. A: sweet dark fruit, caramel malt, molasses, finish of bananas. T: boozy metallic banana, bitter overripe dark fruit. Nice lingering bitter aftertaste.
radio_nowhere (680) - Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle into snifter glass, clear deep amber-brown with light tan head. Aroma of rich caramel malt, dark fruit and a slight hint of smoke. Taste is very malty adding hints of raisins, orange rind, citrus, nuts, alcohol with light hop finish. Heavy body, low carbonation, malty, syrupy, fruity with lingering caramel fruit finish. Very nice scotch ale.
Jabic (373) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ar: Caramel and deep toasted malt - clean rosy alcohol - sherry-like oxidation.
Ap: Amber with a bright red color - slightly hazy - small light tan head with moderate retention, leaving a thin ring of foam and some big bubbles.
T: Sweet caramel, with a roasted edge - sherry and nougat, somewhat sharp - a warming, but clean and well-aged alcohol - clean yeast profile, with a touch of apple sweetness - rich melanoidin flavor on the finish, which lingers - very low bitterness.
P: Medium-full body with high carbonation - finish is dry.
O: This beer aged pretty well - the caramel, nougat, and malt flavors are very dominant, but come off as a bit sharp - overall, pretty solid.
Beerdedone (2465) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep dark amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma of rich caramel, dark fruit, and had a hint of peat. Flavor was sweet and malty with caramel malts, toffee, peat and some dark fruit with a nice dry malty finish.