AWISLguy (3327) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Sampler at the brewpub shared with ck1, thanks bro! Pours a rich dark brown with red highlights. Aroma has a nice earthy peaty caramel smell. Taste is a super sweet sticky caramel. Finishes sticky sweet and hangs around for a while. Perhaps the best scotch ale I’ve had - quite interesting. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2013 Draft pour on tap at the brewery pub (Madison, WI). A beer I’ve long been after.. And finally have hooked up with. Pours a rich hazy brownish copper pour, some deeper reddish glowing edges show some life, touches of haze in the body, with a frothy tannish head sitting atop. Small layer, laces ok. Aromas are touches of caramel, sticky carmelized malts, and touches of cherry, dark fruit, and mellow smooth vanilla. Biscuits, gentle brown malt, lacking in the peat department. Carmelized, toasty, and sweet elements mix liberally, yet not complex. Initial is medium bodied, offering sticky malts, touches of caramel and toffee, biscuits, bready malts and toast. Some more mellow sweetness, touches of dried cherries, some smooth sticky sweetness but not overdone. Middle gets a touch drier, toasty, cherries, and carmelized malts. Finish is a touch dry, lingering sticky malts and touches of peaty malts give some life lingering into the back, not necessarily smokey but earthy, mellow sweet, and carmelized. An interesting offering, solid, yet a bit lacking in the peated aspect for me. I’d prefer a more earthy, peaty beer and less sweetness. Redeems itself a bit, but does get a bit simple. Ok. A decent body, good drinkability except for a touch much in sweetness. drpimento (3756) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Pretty good beer and close adherence to style. Served at a good temperature with a nice, foamy, light tan head that soon subsided to a ring. Color is a clear orange-brown-honey amber. Aroma is heavy on the malt, some fruit, caramel, vanilla, hint of peat. Flavor’s very similar to nose with just enough carbonic tang to balance. Body is full, round, slightly dense and carbonation is perhaps a touch low. Finish is like flavor, long and a little boozy. dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle pours burnt red/brown with a khaki head. Aroma is extremely malt driven with notes of caramel/toffee, nuts, cocoa, and earth. Flavor shows much of the same with a brown sugar/blackstrap sweetness as well as
additional notes of dates and light peat. Overall body is moderate to full and the finish is fairly balanced. andyhwcinc (1886) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Enjoyed on tap as part of a sampler at Ale Asylum in Madison, WI. Appearance is a moderate caramel brown with a thin white head. Aroma mostly malty, nice. Taste super smooth, caramel notes, little burn, good stuff.
Sammy (12740) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2011
On tap at the brewery.OK for the style, which I rarely like anyways. Mild scotch flavour,mostly a malt experience boozy. Brown colour and a bit of lace. BVery (11361) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Tap at the brewpub. Mostly clear red-amber pour with a very foamy/clingy white head. Nice malt nose - almost a toasted caramel. Smooth creamy body. Earthy malt and slight caramel taste. Good scotch ale! Tmoney99 (14952) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Draft sample. Poured a hazy dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate toasted sweet malt and earthy aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium toasted earthy flavor with a medium earthy sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2011
12oz bottle from Steve’s Liquor and More in Madison, WI. Pours a cloudy, deep amber colored body with orange tints. Finger-width, dense, creamy and foamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is nutty with caramel up front as well as some toasty bread, raisins, other dark fruits, sweeter toffee, and a light peat. Some earth and a hint of grass as well. Flavor is similar. Sweeter, nutty toffees and caramels up front with a some raisin-dark fruits, toasty bread, and some other fruity esters. A light peat and a moderate mix of earth and grass really dry this nicely with a light, clean bitterness. Some fruity esters and a light malt sweetness linger for a lengthy duration with the earth and light peat coming in as well. Medium, clean body and a moderate carbonation. Drinks nicely. Overall, a pretty solid scotch ale. Just slightly on the sweet side, but this dries nicely and drinks well. Solid bready and nutty, caramel and toffee maltiness balanced well with a dry, earthy, grassy hopping as well as a light peat and fruitiness. Nice beer. JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Pours a murky brown with notes of malt and earth. Nuances of molasses and sweet caramel dominate with a unlikely dryer finish with hints of hops.