Tmoney99 (9576) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured dark ruby color with a frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Good complex sweet earthy toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Good toasted sweet malt flavor and a sweet finish with a small alcohol tone. Very good complex brew.
crossovert (5627) - 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 isnít too complex.
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(I guess they can un-retire this now) Bottle and served in my La Chouffe tulip: Clean deep amber and mahogany hue with a nice lasting frothy head and very good sticky lace. The aroma is all about the malt as it should be, rich crystal/caramel, toffee candy, slight smoke, wet grain, "terroir", pear and dragonfruit esters along with a splash of peppery hops. The taste is malt forward without being overly sweet, lightly roasty and kilned with a dash of spice and earthiness to round out the palate. Yeah, it is hardly a tour de force within the genre but is a nice tribute none the less. I am rather enjoying this brew.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, 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, itís 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.
thedm (4848) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized off-white colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a strongly carbonated brown colored body. The aroma was floral malty and sweet. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The mild flavor contained notes of sweet caramel and malt. A decent one that I would consider buying again.
DrSilverworm (3985) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Nice, thick creamy khaki head, leaving good rows of lace. Clear red color, a bit of brown. Crisp lighter carbonation, goes down smooth. More dry finish. For a style I donít usually enjoy, this has a suprisingly nice aroma - chocolate, caramel malts, and a good bit of spicy hops, little smoke. Light bitterness, less sweet than I was expecting. A scotch ale that I can recommend.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 Draught pint at Redbones on 06/06/06.
Dark caramel-toffee body shows medium to medium-high clarity, with strong cherry red highlights and a bit of mahogany in the middle. Head is one-finger in height, butter yellow and rapidly diminishes to partial cover and then ring.
A good deal of roast in the nose opens things up, showing strong dryness and even a touch of bready, crunchy malts. Caramel sweetness is slow to follow and combines to give a buttercream-like note that is somewhat softer than the roasty malts up front. Not exactly deep and pillowy, though nor is it syrupy and underattenuated. Yeasty, lightly so, with some nuttiness and maybe a soft kiss of leafy, soily hops.
The flavor is toasty, with light coffee and anise keeping things dry. Caramel only comes out upon warming, with more chewy texture than sweetness. Far from fat and deep, the malts are rather highly attenuated as this brewer is known for. But you can still sense the caramelization in the kettle, even if not much residual sweetness is present. As the caramel runs in to the roast and dries out, some very light apples and cherries bounce around in the background. Carbonation is moderate, though the bubbles are a bit large and unwieldly. Alcohol is not noted. Some light phenolic dryness and a pinch of hazelnut give this a hard edge on the end/aftertaste that seems to rob it of the rich, heary, sweet taste that 90 shillings possess. I suppose itís not a 120 shilling but whatever the case, this one just seems a bit too lacking in malt depth and complexity. To be fair, draught carbonation does not work in its favor.
hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle and rated on 10-29-2012. This beers poured a small ivory head that was mostly lasting, fair amount of lacing, transparent body, lively, fast rising carbonation, and a copper hue. The Aroma was malty upfront, toasty, caramel, and semi-sweet. The Flavor was malty upfront, semi-sweet, lightly roasty, lightly spicy, toasty, and a mild alcohol taste. The Mouthfeel started out very tingly and then settled down to a nice, smooth mouthfeel. The body of this beer is medium. Overall, a very tasty Scottish Ale which is a favorite style of mine. It is very quaffable, worthy of a try, malty upfront in the Aroma and Flavor which is my kind of beer, and definitely a beer I would drink again!
b3shine (3474) - Cincinnati, Ohio, 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 Dutchís. 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.
wlajwl (3317) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is nutty/grainy malts and a hint of sweetness. The flavor is nutty malts and a mildly bitter/hoppy finish.