LyndaNova (531) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 14, 2007
Cold 750ml bottle: Pours a reddish amber color with a small tan head. Whiskey, wood, smoke, roasted malts and earthy hops. Heavy body and smooth with ample carbonation. Ending has a slight alcohol burn to it. bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - APR 4, 2007
Bottled. Deep amber coloured with a rather large off-white head. Malty with some sweetness. Notes of caramel, chocolate, syrup and a somewhat dry and hoppy finish. DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2007
Draught at AleSmith brewery. Great caramel malt flavor, sweet, hints of smoke. Very good beer, should have bought a bottle. tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Entered from old notes. Bottle, split with muenster and NachlamSie. Pours garnet with thin tan head. The aroma is smokey and woody with a good deal of cake and raisin. The flavor is burnt sugar, wood, sap, and raisin. It leaves a somewhat smokey finish with caramel and molasses sweetness. The aftertaste is quite oaky. Well-rounded roasted barley character throughout. The alcohol becomes noticeable eventually. spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Dark fruits, slight alcohol and brown sugar really stand out in the aroma.Pours a dark brown color with some red highlights.Light tannish head.Sweet malts,vanilla,dark fruits and just a hint of the alcohol.Very full creamy mouthfeel with a very balanced smooth finish.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - FEB 24, 2007
Enjoyed this with my friend Chris when he and his wife were over visiting. Very fruity nose of berries, figs, raisins etc. Brown sugar & molasses, and some burned malt and alcohol were also enjoyed. Pours dark with garnet highlights. The head is small and diminishing. The front is malty and sweet. The middle is warm and alcoholic. The finish is malty as well but with some grainy, toasty and tangy qualities. The full body is syrupy and soft. The finish feels cloying. HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Smells of sweet caramel, brown sugar and nuts. flavor is very well balanced with a slight roasted malt flavor as well as nuts, slight smokiness, and sweet malt. A slight Alesmith taste (maybe the yeast) in the aftertaste. Pretty good for the style, but it doesn’t stand out as the best scottish ale. JAXSON (608) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Poured a dark brown with a small, wispy head; annoying bubbles clinging to the side, low in the glass within the beer itself. Looked like coca-cola basically. Strong aroma of toffee, rasins, dates, brown sugar, and alot of sweetness. Flavor is more of the same, with some hoppiness, and the signature alesmith smoky finish. Pretty good, but I was hoping for more. Maybe this style is just not my favorite. mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Pours a dark brown with little to no head. Kind of syrupy looking. Smells of chocolate and caramel like most scotch ales. Taste is pretty sweet with some vanilla and caramel, with hints of chocolate, and a light spiciness to it. Kind of tastes like a tootsie roll. alcohol is prevalant. Very sweet malts and roasted nuts towards the finish. Very nicely done, probably thebest scotch ale Ive ever had. kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2007
25 oz bottle, via fordest, acquired in 2005. Pours a dark ruby hued brown colored body under a small creamy beige head that receded to a thin ring. A slight yeast haze. The nose is deeply malty and sweet. Some notes of smoke, raisins, alcohol, dark fruits, light yeast, and coffee. Flavor is big heavy malt that’s alot less sweet than I expected up front, fading to a smokey, lightly yeasty warming finish. Great well rounded flavor, with dangerously well hidden alcohol. Mouthfeel is just perfect. Thick and heavy but without any cloying stickiness at all. Great light fine carbonation. Amazing how it can feel so soft and yet be so big. Very very good stuff. No one overpowering aspect. Peter Zien... the man’s an artist.