Frank (3470) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It is not that often you run into a really good malt-centric American brewed ale and when you do, it’s a treat to be sure. The color here is a nice amber, maybe slightly darker than amber w/ only a small head. The nose is deep and complex. There’s a hint of smoke, a bit of roasted coffee, a bit of caramel and some toffee. Nothing really takes the lead; it’s just a nice mix, gentle but complex. The flavor is similarly subdued w/ toasty notes coming out more and more, a good deal of sweetness and just a touch of hops to balance. The palate is thick but not too heavy and the finish is a bit sugary in a way that lingers pleasantly on the tongue. I am not normally a big fan of beers labeled as Scotch ales but this one is really something, a well done brew by one of the better Wisconsin brewers.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a glowing Amber brown with a small White froth. Aroma is very earthy malty sweet caramel some peat and spicy notes. Very soft sweet and a touch boozy. Flavor starts with a soft sweet candy note, some caramel and toffee. Picks up some peat and wood character before a soft bitter and slightly dry finish. Medium body and a moderate crisp carbonation. A decent Scottish ale
nwiseman (193) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gift from bro. Pours a robust reddish brown with practically no head. Nose isn’t very intense, but is sweet and smoky with some sour maltiness. Slightly sour at first which fades into sweet scotch and finishes with warm malt. Palate is medium to full bodied (and surprisingly so) but could be a little smoother. Not the best scotch ale I’ve had, but still quite enjoyable.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster @ Brixie’s. Pours slightly hazy brown. Not a ton of aroma, caramel, slight hops. Sweet and the alcohol and flavor is actually a touch harsh.
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Notes from 11/27/2010
12 oz. bottle from Woodman’s Madison
Ar: Toasted hazelnut, smoke. A touch of pine resin.
Ap: Cloudy orange-brown, 1" pillowy head. Leaves nice 1/4" fluff. Great lace.
T: Not as much malt sweetness as a typical scotch ale, nice hop bittering on the finish.
P: Medium-thick, sticky body, high carbonation.
O: A bit different from the other scotch ales I’ve had, but nice.
cbfobes (2731) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Tyranena, pours a dark clear amber with a nice head and lacing, aroma is of malt and a hint of schoth, the taste is of sweet malt with scotch and a hint of chocolate, very balanaced and good.
rubbishystuff (2052) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice stuff. Caramely and a tiny bit peaty. Pretty drinkable for the strength. Serving: Bottle
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured a 12 oz bottle into a fluted glass at Goose the Market in Indy. Deep brown at the edges faded to grapefruit at the center, and the thin tan head quickly faded though never quit disappeared. A bit of lacing lingered as I drank this down, pausing frequently to savor its long, pleasing finish of peat, whisky, and alcohol burn. Lighter in body and flavor than many in this style, this was one of my favorite Scotch ales, although that might reflect my indifference to the style as much as this beer’s excellence.
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz btl. Pours a deep copper with a thin white head. Nice malty aroma of caramel and almost a hint of coffee. Some dark fruit notes as well. Nice smooth caramel and toffee maltiness with some raisin and the slightest hint of alcohol. Very drinkable and warming ale for a cold winter evening.
kenter2000 (48) - , Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
sharp but smooth. A bit blan but a nice dry malty beverage. Something good in the evenings. Not a night ender, but no more than two beers at a time. It is a beutiful golden brown that looks best in a small glass.