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.
zvikar (2835) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 18, 2014
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks. Pours hazy brown with a beige head, aroma of caramel, bread, cookies, flavor of caramel, bread, acidic, medium bodied.
Thebullshornbar (63) - Florida, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a richly balanced ale. With notes of toffee, caramel, raisins and banana bread being complimented with light woodsy tannins and earthy, almost dusty, hop bitterness.
Beerhunter111 (5470) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein rötlichbraunes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch leicht röstmalzig, süß, würzig, nussig, Karamell. Geschmack röstmalzig süß, nussig, Karamell, Gewürze.
suurjuust (844) - ESTONIA - APR 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by martjoobolut, thanks! Clear reddish brown, brown head. Nose is sweet caramel, raisins, toasty malt. Flavour is bready-malty sweetness, hints of wood and licorice. Dry finish. Good balance.
martjoobolut (356) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0,33L bottle, BB 08.2022. Pours brown without head. Aroma is burst of caramel with hints of alcohol. Taste is intense caramel, sweetness, malt dark fruits, and roast. Overall: nice one.
allmyvinyl (2173) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle from Appellation Wines, Dalry. Pours clear red-brown, thin white head just sustained with gentle carbonation. Aromas of burnt sugar and spice. Taste brings vanilla, quite sweet, but not overly so. Light bitter at the end. Good.
HammerTroll (191) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red/brown color, no head. You can taste the alcohol a little bit, but not too much. Cocoa aroma. Full body and no carbonation. Good one, but kinda expected more.
veceo (229) - CROATIA - MAR 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brown color, thin tan head. Medium body, soft carbonation. Aroma is caramel, dark fruits, dark chocolate. Medium sweet taste with dry finish. I loved it.
paul_the_frog (33) - FRANCE - MAR 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
ok ok. strong ale nice bitterness that comes after the first sweet malty-caramel taste
bax (1048) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle 14/03-2014) medium beige head, clear dark red brown color, rather smooth complex taste, balanced wood taste, soft co2, fit body. BB date aug 22.