Sammy (10669) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Found at Premiere Gourmet. Pours a dark amber colour. Full mouthfeel that is very hoppy. Like a Double IPA, tasty orange-grapefruit citrus.
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Pours dark – burnt orange when held up to bright light – with a small, creamy, khaki head. Decent retention. The nose is mostly grapefruit and pine, however, digging deeper, I came across plenty of brown sugar, caramel and toffee. Medium to full-bodied with tickling carbonation. Leans way toward the bitter side of balance – roasty, caramel sweetness overwhelmed by more-than-adequate, citrusy, earthy bitterness. Lengthy bittersweet (more bitter than sweet) finish. Bottle courtesy of scraff!
KimJohansen (10409) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber with a medium off white head. Aroma was sweet with caramel and hoppy notes. Flavour was sweet with caramel, malty, hoppy and piney notes. Finished bitter.
adnielsen (10402) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ ratman’s house. Thanks! Cloudy, reddish brown with a light brown head. Floral, herbal, a touch minty, floral hoppy, caramel malty, slightly earthy aroma. Earthy, floral hoppy, toasty caramel malty, light toffee flavor.
deyholla (9750) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by sarro. Poured a deep amber with a near white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was sweet with grains and caramel and just a slight bitter backing from the hops. Flavor was similar with the sweet grains and caramel dominating the finish but combining nicely with a growing pine hop note.
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Dark brown / red color. Good khaki head. Good lace. Very nice malty hop balance in the aroma. Smooth, lighter carbonation, medium to bigger body. More dry texture. Nice big earthy hops, chocolate and light caramel malt aroma. Little candy sugar. Good mix of bitter and sweetness. Really delicious, enjoyable ale to savor. Love the hop profile here
kermis (9608) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at tasting. Pours red/brown with an off white head. Aroma of caramel malts, dark fruit and pine. Flavour is medium to heavy sweet with a light to moderate bitter finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Paradiso courtesy of Travlr. Pours a clear deep red with a decent tan head that leaves excellent sheety lace. (This was served in 100% the wrong glassware). Excellent piney, resinous fresh hop nose with some toast and caramel. Taste is sweet, malt-forward, a bit boozy, and then disintegrates into medicinal cherry syrup.
DocLock (9364) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2009 Wow. I didn’t realize that this was Scratch 4 until recently. The pour is turbid, muddy deep brownish with 1-finger of khaki head. The aroma is amazingly complex, giving notes of heavy hops, tropical fruit, funky feety Simcoe hops, yeasty hints, caramel malt, figs, and mild cognac. The palate is rich, complex, throwing different things at the palate with every sip. Among the flavors Inoted were caramel malt, huge feety hops, tropical fruit, blackberry, prune, cognac, and figs. The hops don’t overtake the malt, with both components being huge and balancing each other well, and the alcohol is very well hidden. I need more of this.
j12601 (9286) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think this may have been from the bottle I gave to Aliza at the Cuvee de Castleton release at Captain Lawrence. Pours a nice brown with a thin white/beige head. Sweet and spicy with some nice caramel tones. Malty and more caramel. Finishes with a light bitterness. Tasty.