ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.
Diabobale (370) - Vallata, SUD ITALIA, ITALY - FEB 8, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appena la si stappa e prima ancora di versarla nel bicchiere, questa birra in stile scotch ale è esplosiva al naso, con tante note caramellate e di pane nero, di whisky e frutta secca (prugna), lievissime le note tostate. Il colore è mogano con bei riflessi aranciati e rubino, con una schiuma non abbondante di color beige e dalla consistenza cremosa, ottima anche la persistenza che accompagna tutta la bevuta. Il corpo è abbastanza strutturato, assai vellutato e dolciastro, con una carbonazione bassa ma con bollicine finissime. Al palato tanto caramello e frutta secca (prugna e albicocca), con sentori legnosi e di whisky. Buono il retrogusto ancora dolciastro e a tratti vinoso. La beva non è facile ma risulta assai calda e avvolgente.
beer_est_deus (1025) - örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Klar, mörkt läder brun, khaki färgat skum. Doft: Malt, lager, äpplen, frukt, frisk höstluften, skogsjord. Smak: Som doft. Lagringsbar i 10år enligt flaskan, och den här behöver några år på sig tror jag. Provade flaskan endast 4mån.
Pyrmir (5055) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle at home. Reddish brown with thin off white head. Aroma is malty, bready and some burnt sugars. Taste is bready, burnt sugar, sweet malt, light hop profile with medium bitterness. Nicely balanced.
Dave_Smith (3) - Kyiv, UKRAINE - JAN 26, 2016 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: dark-brown, clear, minimal head (I poured carefully).
Aroma: caramel, coffee, dark bread.
Taste: coffe, dark bread, malty
Palete: medium to full body, soft carbonation and long finish
Overal: very drinkable Scotch Ale as it should be
craftbeersweden (457) - SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, dark mahogny colored beer with a beige, two finger high, head.
Nose: Sweet caramel malt, dried fruit, plum, brown sugar and some tea.
Taste: Again caramel malt, nuts, fudge, chocolate and bread. I get some Coca Cola here also! Strange...
Mouthfeel: A bit light... Light carbonation. Medium to light body. A light bitterness at the end.
Smooth and very drinkable!
UXO (1135) - CANADA - JAN 18, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: clear deep amber with a short dense light beige head, good retention and patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: dark malt, dried fruit, wood. (7/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, mild bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-full slightly creamy body, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. (4/5)
Another decent brew from Traquair house. Not overly sweet, and decent depth of flavour. These guys might be able to change my opinion on wee heavies… (14/20)
Brentv (569) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 16, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Pours a dark brown with a one-finger white head. Aroma and taste of caramel and malts. Taste has all the qualities of a Scotch ale, caramel and lovely. Nicely sweet, but not too much. Medium full mouthfeel. Nice bitter sweet finish.
SVD (1137) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home thanks to ShivanDragon who gave this to me for Secret Sinterklaas. Dark brown almost black beer, small head. Aroma is malt, caramel, fruit, wood. Taste is the same quite sweet.. nice one.
NallePalle (401) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 33 cl. Decent ale, full aroma, warming. Pleasant finish and carbonation.
Leini (1555) - SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Datk copper body with a low head. Chocolate, hint of peat, spices.