Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2005. One of the true gems presented at GABF this year IMHO, this also won a gold medal I believe. Light tan color, clear. Thin lacing. Ripe and full aroma of scotchy malt and cherries. Balanced sweetness. Big taste- bready, malty, scotchy, buttery, and nutty. Slight alcohol burn but not bad. Very smooth. An amped up version of every scotch ale I’ve every had with all the right flavors. Yum!
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draft: Walking Man Brewing & Public House in Stevenson, WA) Very sweet, fruity, massive caramel, sugary sweet, and malty nose, reminds me of McEwan’s Scotch. Wow, delicious, right up my alley with beers. Love the sweet caramely, candy type of maltiness. Full bodied, nearly syrupy stickiness on the palate. Dark ruddy amber color, fairly clear. Light tan head is fairly small, fades to a wide ring. My favorite beer on tap tonigh, and there have been quite a few good beers on tap too.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Deep brown in color. Nice long lived off-white head. Good lacing. Plum and raisin seem to dominate aroma. Medium bodied, pleasant carbonation. Flavor is on the sweet side, very malt dominated. I think a little more peat smoke would have balanced this out nicely and made this a superb beer.
3fourths (8015) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow this is an amazing beer. Had a tulip of this at Walking Man and it just improved so well with a little warmth. Started out as a resiny, oversweet Old Ale or English Strong Ale, a style I don’t really enjoy, but it develops into a complex mixture of plums, chocolates, smoke, rich alcohol malt sweets, barley wine like at times but then resembling a belgian, imperial stout and of course a scotch ale. The alcohol is very apparent, but doesn’t dominate this one at all. A gem in the PNW.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 I had the scotch on tap tonight at the Highland Stillhouse and it was excellent, nothing like the previous one I had before. This was big and malty, earthy and just plain tough. Well built, smooth palate, but not the kinda beer that is smooth and you drink without thought, no this leaves an impression, a slap upside the tastebuds saying listen to me, and my palate listened, and it was good.
On tap at the Walking Man brewpub. I had this beer on the sampler plate and neither my girlfriend or I could taste much difference between their Scotch ale and their Belgian. Unfortunatly for the scotch ale they tasted more like the belgian. Lots of spicy esters in the nose and flavor. The only thing really different about this was the lack of alcohol burn but more alcohol taste and aroma then the other had, the malts came through a bit different with a buttery caramel. Maybe they just used one hell of an estery yeast, or fermented at a very high temp. Now