Butters (3989) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a bright clear rust red with ring of light tan head. Good caramel nose. Flavor is earthy, a little vegetal, hint of cardboard, but mainly burnt caramel and minimal hop spice flavor. Not bad, actually, pretty much what I think of for the style. Decent example.
zach8270 (3959) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(draft @ Ohio Scottish Games - Wellington, OH) Copper pour with a thick tan head. Light sweet and mildly smoky aroma with some caramel hints. Flavor is sweet caramel with a very dry and bitter grain middle and a bitter and cloying aftertaste. Not all that great.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of caramel, earthy, some dark fruit. Tastes of caramel, spice, some earthy hints with some breaddy hints on the finish.
tkrjukoff (4213) - SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Apr 26, tap @ Thirsty Dog, Akron. Pours clear brown with a tanned small head leaving some lacing. Dry, malty, caramel aroma and flavor with nice tart hoppy touch. Very drinkable but not too light.
williamherbert (1408) - 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 (619) - 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 (352) - 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 (465) - 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 (3391) - 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 (281) - 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.