adrian910ss (2274) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of Todd. Pours a dark, yet clear coppery amber with a medium sized cream colored head. Aroma of candied malt and light smoke. Taste of candied malt, caramel and smoke.
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2010 Bottle at nimbleprop DC tasting, 6 March 2010. Amber colour. Sweetish, malty. Caramel and a touch of smoke plus a little soft, dried fruit. Smooth but firm mouthfeel. Not too sticky. Decent but unspectacular. A little more body and depth than the Summit Scotch ale sampled immediately before. Good to see us Brits don’t have a monopoly on embarrassingly crap beer names based on sexual abuse of farm animals.
hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice amber body that is slightly hazy. Wonderfully inviting aroma of sweet malt, caramel, and brown sugar. Smooth, oily texture with a nice punch of carbonation. The flavor is as good as the aroma. Sweet caramel and burnt sugar give way at the end for a earthy, peat finish. The fairly high ABV is not evident. Delicious brew.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice copper/amber color with a medium creamy beige head.Wonderful caramel malt aromas that are backed by deep roasted malt aromas and a hint of peat in the background. Flavor is of roasted dark caramel malts that fades into a slight earthy/hop bite. Nice tingle on the tongue thats goes to a sweet malt finish.Very good brew!
monkeychugg55 (818) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a mahogany with a small white head. Lots of peat and caramel in the aroma, with some faint maple syrup. The flavor is similar. Not a usual scotch ale thanks to the "special malt", but I think it’s too sweet. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
1FastSTi (3270) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2011 Bottle. Pouts to a nice chestnut colored body with a nice coating off-white head. The aroma is caramel and light peated malt with a dash of corn silage. The flavor is sweet caramel, rich but not over-powering peat smoked malt, and the Golden Promise is nice. Kind of like a good Maris Otter. Clean mouth feel with a lingering deep malty flavor.
argo0 (11165) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, thanks nuplastikk. Hazy dark amber body with small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, some caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, caramel, light cherry, peat. Sticky medium body, low carbonation.
nimbleprop (4146) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, transparent copper with a milky white head. Smokier aroma, peaty, sweet, caramel. Finish is a little thin. Caramel flavors, rum, crystal malts. A little harsh.
troyc (2014) - Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Pours a brown color with a fizzy brown colored head. Sweet caramel malts, smoke and some grain in the aroma. The taste is of earthy peat, light smoke, burnt caramel, some cocoa and nut. A nice thick and coating mouthfeel with light carbonation. A tad sweet, but that hides the alcohol almost completely. Nice beer.
tmoreau (2051) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
6 pack from Binny’s Glen Ellyn, IL. Distributed a few to friends, but saved some for home. Always enjoy what Rob makes, along with the whole Tyranena scene, so I feel a little biased. Poured a hazy, brownish amber to my trusty, gold rimmed, 1/2 pint glass. The head was a nice, light tan foam that left curtainy ribbons of lacing as the liquid decreased. The aroma was malty, roasty, a hint of earthy peat, and touches of caramel and toffee. The flavor was these notes, plus a complimentary dose of hop bitterness and subtle sweetness. Lively carbonation was present, along with a soft, creamy mouthfeel. I guess that the flushed feeling in my face meant that the warming alcohol was working. A bit lighter than I expected for a Scotch, and maybe closer to Scottish, but very flavorful!