BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle - pours a reddish brown with a tan head. Figs, cocoa, toasted grain, anise for aroma. Flavor starts carmel toffee sweet with black licorice and light bitter chocolate notes in the finish. Traquair House Ale is a fantastic scotch ale.
superspak (2681) - Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/2018. Pours fairly crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, plum, pear, apple, molasses, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, oak, light vanilla, light clove, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes with moderate oak presence;and good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, pear, apple, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, toffee, oak, light clove, light vanilla, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering flavors of raisin, plum, pear, apple, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, toffee, oak, light clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast flavors with light-moderate oak presence; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome scotch ale! All around great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors with light-moderate oak presence; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.
gegwilson (1269) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Hogs Back Brewery shop. Pours deep chestnut with a small cream head. Taste is quite vinous and spicy with notes of raisin, coffee, evident alcohol and a finish that is a little woody and smokey. Nice stuff.
chinchill (1940) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(from Fall 201 notes)
A - dark, slightly reddish, amber
S. slightly smokey, but less so than many Scottish ales.
M - a bit lighter than suggested by the appearance.
Tasty, interesting, and highly drinkable.
Outstanding! A must try ale from a small Scottich brewery.
Leafs93 (1696) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark reddish brown with medium brown head. Aroma is dark fruit, oak, vanilla and a hint of dark chocolate. Taste is sweet with some creeping bitters. Medium bodied, easy to drink with alcohol well hidden.
danimerolone (21) - ITALY - JAN 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottiglia. Al naso una bella nota caramellata, non eccessiva ma molto elegante. Bel colore, discreta carbonatazione; in bocca fantastiche sensazioni di prugna, frutta rossa sciroppata, vinosità appena accennata. Chiude bella morbida anche se a mio giudizio perde un pò se tenuta nel bicchiere, va gustata in fretta.
Iznogud (637) - CROATIA - JAN 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Scout pub, Samobor. Actually was a bit disappointed with this one, didn’t like sweet malty taste.
Lowenbrau (1978) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle @L´Europe, Madrid, 2010. Pours hazy dark copper with nice off white head. Poor head retention, some lacing. Malty, spicy, caramel, some roasty aromas. Medium body, soft carbonation, oily texture. Taste is caramel, wood, roasty, ripe fruit, some berries. Alcohol noticeable. Quite enjoyable.
Pringao_Toribi (255) - Oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 9, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong and thick, but surprisingly drinkable for it’s greasiness, from flavour to aftertaste goes from roasted to licorice, and a pack-a-punch and fizzy aroma
thirstyrabbit (1108) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small bottle. Dark copper body. Medium tall creamy head. Aroma has toffee, prunes, some rum. Similar to Jacobite. Taste is also similar to Jacobite - sweet raisin chocolate with some rum. Rich and oily mouthfeel. Finish has some oak. Very good, but Jacobite Ale wins by a small margin.