IrishBoy (4185) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Bottle; Nose is light with some roastiness, nutiness, and some caramel; clear transparent brown with a big, longlasting tan head; flavor of smokychocolate, plums, raisins, and a little alcohol in the medium body; the finish is some mild hop bitterness and some alcohol. kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Wow..what else can I say than wow. This is an amazing beer, and scotch ale isn’t even a style I’ve ever been interested. Well Alesmith has made an awesome beer that is full bodied, loaded with flavor, and is a great beer to drink. This is a must try if you can get your hands on it Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - DEC 5, 2006
A bottle that I’ve been saving for about 6-8 months, alcohol unnoticable until I got half way through it. Much better flavor than I was expecting, not too sweet at all, there was plenty of dark fruit, but it was balanced out, maybe by alcohol? Some earth to it.. Damn I wish I tryed this sooner, one of my favorites from Alesmith! Great! adrian910ss (2572) - Doylestown, PA, USA - DEC 4, 2006
750 ml bottle courtesy of Secret Santa 2006. Pours a grainy dark sandy brown color with a small beige head. Aroma has slightly burnt caramel and toffee as well as dark fruit/dates,roasted malt and hints of faint chocolate and even bourbon !! Flavor is smoky malt and caramel with slight bourbon overtones. Leaves a small tobacco aftertaste. Another excellent concoction from that San Diego brewery. Thanks again Santa !! jcr (2692) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 25, 2006
Aroma is better than the taste and texture. Dark brown pour with moderate off-white head. Fruity sweet nose of plum, orange, alcohol and sweet chocolate. The flavor is heavily alcoholic and very sweet with notes of sweet malts, fruit and chocolate milk. Watery texture. Slightly sticky. Warm alcohol finish. Enjoyable.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 25, 2006
One year old bottle: Tawny copper pour with a smallish head. Fantastic lacing. Fantastic notes of sweet chocolate, raisins, wood and tobacco are wrapped in an ethery envelope. Lots of sweet molasses, caramels in the body lead to a long, sweet finish. Notes of brown sugar, charred wood, and earth linger. A great drinker that may be a tad better fresh with a stronger hop presence to balance the sweetness. Still great. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Another beer at my sisters 50th birthday celebration, and man this is just a great beer. Aroma is slightly smoky but any more of it would not have been good. Whiskey, chocolate, roasted chesnuts, and malt very prominent in the nose too. Appearance was dark, but clear with hints of brown. Mouthfeel was full bodied and sticky. Flavor was much the same as the aroma but there was an earthyness present that was interesting. I can see how this is one of the top rated scotch ale’s around. AleSmith does it up nice on this one. iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2006
750mL bottle, no date, acquired from ABUSEDGOAT. Pours a hazy dark ruby with a slowly fading two finger creamy light beige head. Aroma of light smoke, toasty malts, a little nuts, chocolate, oak/vanilla, and some alcohol. The alcohol is much more apparent in the taste. Very sweet with molasses and brown sugar, though towards the end it gets moderately bitter with some earthiness, and goes into a dry, lingering bitter finish. Other aromas show up in the flavors as well. Full bodied, light-moderate carbonation. Quite nice. sisyphus12 (99) - Belmont, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 11, 2006
750ml bottle that I’ve aged for another 6 months. Dark golden hues complement the dynamic smooth hoppy aroma. Great opening taste of hops and malt with some musty chocolate undertones. Very lively and extremely potent! What a great beer. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 11, 2006
750mL bottle. Murky dark brown with yellowish edges; light tan head, attractive lacing. Plenty of maple syrup / brown sugar and roasted malts in the aroma; slightly hot. Full, chewy mouthfeel: plenty of roasted malts, caramel, and maple syrup; some citrusy hops; sweet at the front, with a lengthy finish showing nougat and chewy malts. Hides its alcohol much better than some of Alesmith’s other big beers.