UrbanCaveman (131) - Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at ~40 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours a gorgeous clear garnet brown, much like a deep mahogany wood. Forms a very pale off-white head, which dissipates swiftly into a ring with a couple cap islands.
Smell: Thick caramel sweetness, sprinkled with toffee and poured over a loaf of dark bread beside a bowl of black cherries.
Taste: That is decadent. The caramel-toffee swirl from the nose is present, but muted beneath a mix of pumpernickel-esque bread and earthy, wooden peat. An array of dark fruit manifests as the beer moves along the palate, with black cherry, raisin, and prune all making cameo appearances. The ABV makes itself known only at the finish, with a little heat in the swallow and aftertaste, alongside a slurry of caramel, toffee, and peat.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, and on the thicker side of medium-bodied, with decent carbonation.
Overall: This wee heavy can stand with some of the best. Don’t let the ABV fool you, this one is not barrel-aged - it just has all the kick of a BA wee heavy, and a flavor depth and complexity that is up there near Skull Splitter.
Ibrew2or3 (7262) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours with a clear copper body that supports a thin off white head. The aroma offers up modest notes of brown sugar and raisiny dates. The taste delivers slick sweet malts, brown sugar, figs and sweet raisins. It does pull up mild earthy, pumpernickel and mineral notes midway and into the finish. Well hidden abv.
jtclockwork (9999) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Etched glass bottle from Chris. Pours amber off white head. Nose/taste of toffee, pine and maple. Lighter medium body.
Leighton (13041) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared late night in the hotel lobby during RBWG 2015. Pours Clear red-brown with a frothy white head. The aroma has lots of caramel, bread and well ripened fruits. Medium sweet flavor, more ripe fruits, berries, toffee. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sugary bready finish, caramel, fruits. Tasty.
djd07 (4938) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle during the RBWG Lobby Share. Pours a clear copper with small white head. The aroma is scotch and toffee. Medium mouth with rich toffee, strong booze, decent.
Patrickctenchi (4455) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red-brown with a creamy tan head.
Toffee, dark fruit scent......
Alcohol is noticeable in scent and taste.
Berry, prunes, toffee malt.
Strong, but very smooth.
tastybeer (1823) - Indiana, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Brown pour, tan head. Good retention/lace. Aroma of prune, toffee, caramel. Taste is sweet, toffee, caramel. Palate is soft, slick, sweet finish.
Johnsense (910) - - MAY 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown pour, huge head. Big beer - not boozy but overly sweet! Toffee and smoke aroma. Malty, toffee candy sweetness, a bit fruity. Medium body. It’s good, but not what you’d exepct from a scottish style ale - I prefer to stay on the happy side of diabetes.
Sammy (9204) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
sweet as much as smoke, smoke in butterscotch and caramel. So-so drinkability.
Drjohnrock (519) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampler from bottle at 2014 Price Hill Beer Fest, tasted on February 16, 2014. Dark mahogany hue, strong boozy nose, smooth but flavorful bourbon/vanilla/malt flavor. The abv is quite noticeable. Very enjoyable beer.