williamherbert (1282) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is rich toffee an caramel. Sweet and (brown) sugary, but with a nutty balance. Very aromatic.
The appearance is dull toffee brown. Zero head.
The flavor is nutty like hazelnut and almonds. A little roasted, which adds a needed balance at the end. Not that complex but very good flavor.
The palate is ashy, dry, gritty. Very sweet and nutty. Not at all cloying. A nice, dry Scotch ale with a hint of sweetness.
hamilton23 (606) - Alpine, California, USA - APR 30, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle. Pours amber in color with tons of beige head. Aroma is slightly peaty, but not much there. Taste is slightly sweet but lacks the complexity that I usually enjoy in my Scotch Ales. There was almost no smokey peat that I usually enjoy.
spilledpint (345) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle from Oades Big Ten
Ar: Toffee and biscuit on the nose. Malty as expected.
Ap: Pours a medium slightly hazy orange-amber with a small off-white head. Decent rings of lace.
T: Toffee and caramel dominate. Mild compared to other scotchs Iíve had. Flavors are clean if not overly complex. A touch of smoke comes through on the finish.
P: Creamy body with mildish carbonation.
O: Pleasantly surprised. Well done malt-centric beer.
Brewbie (453) - New York, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. dark brown with almost no head. very nice aroma of smoke and roast. lot of caramel. taste is very thin, a lot of malt and caramel. long smoky finish.
probstblueribbon (2892) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 fl oz bottle from BOTW (Rochester), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
App.: Clear copper with a small light tan head.
Aroma: Starts off with this big hit of brown sugar and maple, like instant oatmeal, a fair bit of caramel and dark toffee, kinda dusty, a wee hint of fruitiness, more of that maple sugar note, there are some other vague malt notes, maple taffy, not that bad, but isnít really doing it for me.
Palate: Medium-ish body, restrained effervescence.
Flav.: Still has that slightly smokey maple taffy and brown sugar thing going on, didnít get the smoke on the nose, adds a bit of appeal, not much else going on here; dry with very little bitterness and a kinda smokey maple sugar finish.
Didnít hate it, but it lacked panache.
devilben02 (275) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours from the bottle with a rich and deep but translucent reddish chestnut brown color, but only a thin film of fizzy head appears before quickly vanishing into a faint ring. The aroma is pleasantly potent, with a rich malty character filled with dark caramel, cherries, and plums. The flavor isnít quite as bold as the aroma, with the primary characteristic being a sweet graininess that is reminiscent of maple and brown sugar oatmeal, but there are also the light fruitiness from the aroma, as well as a rich caramel finish. The texture is a disappointment, with a thin, light fizzyness that doesnít match the rich malty flavors. Overall, this beer was complex and enjoyable, but the weak body really deflated the flavors, leaving me wanting for something more substantial.
nickd717 (3480) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle thanks to Ryan011235. Scotch Ale? Iíd call it a Scottish Ale at 5.3% ABV. Oh well.
Clear reddish-amber in appearance with a one-finger off-white head.
Not too much happening on the nose. Youíve got your caramel and youíve got your roast, and thereís a touch of earthiness in there.
On the flavor, it gets a bit more interesting. The caramel malts contribute a good level of sweetness, and thereís a hint of toast and some graham cracker notes with an earthy finish.
Medium-bodied with average carbonation and a very run-of-the-mill average mouthfeel.
You know, man, this is not a bad beer. Itís drinkable and to style if your style is a Scottish Ale.
Capa (1987) - Manama, BAHRAIN - FEB 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber/caramel color. Aroma os sweet malts, light caramel, some toasted malts. Flavor is similar to the aroma with a little bit of fruits. Smooth, chewy body. Nice ale.
Drake (8322) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a medium frothy tan head that fades quickly. Aroma of toasted malts, graham crackers, caramel, butter. The taste is caramel, toasted malts, faint earthy notes, very faint hops in the finish. Medium bodied. OK.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2011
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hazy amber pour. Caramwl and diacetyl bomb pretty much sum this beast up. meh