Hanoi (280) - - MAR 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nose is strong nut with a hint of brown sugar. Appearance is a cola with a small head leading to lacing. Taste is smoke leading to nut with a sharp bitterness. Mouthfeel was a little thin.
Overall, I found it too bitter compared to other Scotch’s I have sampled, and lacking the same depth of flavor. Enjoyable however.
Jesterdeal (1580) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at beers of the world. Aroma is slight hardwoods, malty goodness and a molasses sugar. Pours transparent brown with a nice bubbly film. Taste is light and malty with great brown ale roast notes and some earthy wood. Lighter than your average scotch ale but very easy to kick back. I liked this one.
Bozo_skeleton (357) - Grenoble, FRANCE - MAR 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Une Ale très sombre avec mousse somptueuse. Epaisse, persistante et onctueuse, elle est a elle seule un regal. Des aromes pussants et envoutant de biscuits, café, caramel, avec des notes de grillé. Plonger son nez dans son verre deviens addictif. Malheureusement, une fois en bouche elle ne develope plus grand chose et son manque de puissance et de corps déçoivent comparativement aux aromes.
Kosmokrator (416) - ITALY - MAR 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Limpido color caramello con un sottile velo di schiuma biancastra. Al naso sentori dolciastri di biscotto, caramello, legno e zucchero di canna; gusto asciutto anch’esso dolciastro con note di toffee, frutta sciroppata ed un tocco legnoso nel finale. Corpo medio, effervescenza debole, buona persistenza ma non particolarmente gradevole per i miei gusti.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 2/9/13.16.9 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a deep cola brown color. The head is a one finger white shade which quickly descends into a thin film. Lacing is okay.
S: This is quite caramel-forward in its malt profile, and also some biscuity malt/yeast interplay as well. There’s an element of dry chocolate here, alongside some brown sugar, molasses I have some trouble detecting the oak barrel here, but it’s not a negligible presence. Quite pleasant.
T: At first, I notice some vaguely smoky caramel malts, before giving way to some brown sugar and molasses. The exhales present a lot of smoky chocolate on the palate - and is probably my least favorite aspect of this, due to how dangerously close they come to tasting like flatulence. Unlike Jacobite, there’s a faint presence of leafy, herbal finishing hops which helps balance the sweet maltiness in conjunction with the barrel tannins. Not particularly complex, but it goes down with superb ease.
M: Extremely clean and dry finishing. A slight amount of alcohol-concealing residual sugar lingers past the initial tannin presence - however after a while the tannic quality accumulates, which goes even further toward drying the palate out. I might even surmise that the heavy (but not harsh) dryness kills its potential complexity. Firm yet gentle carbonation helps ease this one down superbly.
O: Personally, I’m more inclined to prefer a less bone-dry Scotch ale (like Old Chub). I’m also a bit let down in its lack of depth; but on the flipside, the drinkability this presents is impressive. All things considered, a bit too expensive ($8/16.9 oz) given that it seemingly focuses on drinkability over complexity. That doesn’t mean it isn’t very good, however.
VastActiv (2014) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 0.33l at Bar Molotov, Helsinki. Colour is dark brown with small brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Spices, dark fruits and roasted malts.
wxman (1325) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear dark amber/garnet with a full antique lace head. Good retention and lacing. Earthy brown bread aroma. Smooth and delicious. Sweet roasted malt with an ever so slight bitter hop bite. Buttery roasted nuts also noted in the taste. This is a great traditional Scottish ale, nothing pretentious but very good at it.
visionthing (2305) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle from Vinmonopolet, Vika. Pours clear dark brown with a pale beige head. Aroma of raisins, malt and caramel with hints of alcohol, wood and roastiness. Sweet and slightly reminiscent of fortified wine. Quite desserty, but well balanced. Nice beer for the colder months.
Mittenator (1043) - Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very complex dark sugar and fruit aromas. The changing flavors remind me more of a Belgian quad. Sweetened up a bit as it warmed.
MrHangover (2071) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark red brownish color. No head. Aroma of caramel and rich malts. Flavor is quite sweet, rich caramel flavors and some coffee touches. Full bodied and thick mouthfeel. Quite nice.