b3shine (5343) - Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft to pint at Dutch’s. Looks good; a transparent copper with sticky light-beige head that quickly dissipates into lacing. Smells malty and a littler bitter. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Alright, but not my favorite.
matthewjk (902) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz pour into my stupid mouth - Trust me folks, this is a winner! One of this beer’s most impressive features is its silky texture. Beautifully balanced with high caramel notes. Excellent recipe.
crossovert (7309) - Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly bitter scotch ale. I like it better than most of the style, but it isn’t too complex.
jmohno (1063) - Iowa, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber,some head not much.
Aroma of malt/bready,carmel,mild toffee,toast,slight sweet peppery slight ripe fruit. Very slight earthyness more on the mineral dirt/octoberfest lager side.Seems like I notice more hop like aromas as it warms
Taste is malt,carmel bittersweet roast,slight chocolate with somewhat a strong bittering that lingers longwith some briney citrus. Slightly smokey almost. Mineral,like octoberfest some. Some hoppyness in flavor kindof orange like.Pretty roasty bitter on the finish a little harsh,but sweetness is obvious in this but not cloying. Somewhat dry and light/medium bodied .Im not too into it but its not bad just a little harsh.
Kco (50) - USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Medium copper color, much lighter then expected for a Scotch ale. Carmal notes, with a slight bitterness. A good brew but not as good as other Scotch ales.
Headbanger (3300) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle 8/4/12 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-40° in English Pint-Pours medium copper with a small one finger off white head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, and toffee. Taste of the same with a bit more roasted malt and a little smoke. This medium bodied brew is fairly smooth and quite tasty.
andyhwcinc (1435) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased at Binnys in Chicago, IL; enjoyed right before a dark, ominous storm on a steamy, humid summer day before seeing the Afghan Whigs. Appearance is a dark, slightly clear brown amber with a rich off white head. Aroma of sweet caramel, bit of toffee, rather malty which is synonymous with the style. Taste is nice and crisp with an obvious sweetness, very subtle hint of smoke, light bitterness, soft kick from the ABV. Nice and pretty complex.
rubbishystuff (1832) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I rather enjoyed this. Malty and a little bit peaty with a little bit of smokiness. Nothing too complex fairly easy drinking. Serving: Bottle
SAUER70 (15) - Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had it on tap. Mild on the palate. Aroma was sweet. It had a little hoppy taste which is why I ranked it higher then I would have.
TheAlum (5687) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle from Printers Row (Chicago, IL). This is one Anniversary beer (like the Mild) that I actually really wanted to see. Pours a richer copper brown hue, healthy glow, no real haze overall. Healthy dulled copper color, glowing pretty, with a frothy tannish head that dies to a smaller filmy layer, laces small. Aromas are touches of carmelization, caramel, and toffee. Toast, biscuits, gentle red fruit element. Kiss of earthy peat, toast, and mellow dryness sink in as it warms. A touch sweet but still inviting. Initial is medium bodied offering sticky caramel and carmelized malts up front. Touches of red fruit, sticky toffee, dose of biscuits and toast grow as we get into the middle. Touches of creamy sweetness, vanilla, and red fruit start to come into the fold. Sweet sticky, biscuity, a touch dry and toasty as we get to the finish, kiss of heat and gentle dryness, touch of peat. Overall, it’s not a bad beer. Simple, strong, could be a bit more appealing appearance wise, a bit of a mellow flavor, picks up some more deeper carmelization and biscuit/toffee blend as it warms a bit more. Ok, but nothing special. Backend is where I enjoy it most, some creaminess, deeper sweet and darkish malts. Toffee, touches of red fruit, toast and biscuits. Solid, I guess. Underwhelming nose.