eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Poured very dark brown with a small light brown head. Aroma was sweet malts, carmel, toffee, and scotch with a slight smokiness to it. Flavor was sweet malts, carmel, and bourbon. Didn’t taste any scotch in the flavor, just bourbon. The finish was sticky and sweet with the alcohol warming the throat. erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 23, 2006
Pours a deep russet brown with a tight knit , lacy tan head, Aroma is hgue malaonoidin caramel. Malty caramel, and alcohol. The body is HUGE! The flavors are oh-so-lightly caramel and chocolate with hints of plums and the smoothest most balanced hops I can imagine. Just astonishingly well made. Alesmith’s house character shines through in another impossible to replicate beer. biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Deep dark red with a firm tan head. Aromas of toffee, leather, vanilla, cocoa, earth, alcohol. Big bodied but not unbalanced in sweetness. Caramel, rum, brown sugar a tiny bit of smoke in the flavor. Warming alcohol finish. Exceptionally well balanced for such a big beer. Really no complaints but I must say that even some of the lower alcohol versions of the style take in a wider range of flavors. I miss some peat and possibly lactic qualities I would hope for. Still, a great beer. mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2006
Just a fabulous Scotch Ale. Pours from the bottle a dark ruby brown color. Sports a tight 1/4" beige head which fades to a light wisp. Minimal lacing. Rich, assertive aromas of dark chocolate covered cherries, butterscotch, caramel apples, molasses and smokey charred wood and alcohol fill the nose. Just a fantastic aroma profile! Moutfeel was fairly full, round amd smooth with just the perfect amount of carbonaton. Superb flavors of dark roasted malt, burnt caramel candies, dark chocolate, molasses, licorice and charred wood. The only slight flaw I would mention was the late palate and finish was a tad harsh and boozy with the alcohol pushing its way to the forefront a bit too much. Not well hidden at all. Definitely a great winter fireplace ale after a year or two of ageing. stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2006
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours dark with a decent size light tan head. Aroma of alcohol, slight roast, slightly smokey, molasses, and dark fruit. The flavor is smooth, smokey, dark fruit, slightly sweet up front, molasses, and a nice alcohol finish. Good body, great brew.
lethe (177) - New York, USA - AUG 23, 2006
The quintessential scotch ale, wee heavy has a bracing fresh nose of baked bread, some yeast, and caramel sticky sweetness. Palate is amazingly smooth with soft carbonation. Flavor begins the same as the nose, but takes a turn for the richer, darker side with a plum and raisin character that is rounded out by a friendly smokiness. Chewy and intoxicating, this is an achievement in a brew. awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2006
From 750mL Bottle. Pours a wonderfully rich, maroon tinged, blackberry color with a medium sized, long lasting beige head. Satisfying aromas of smoked malt gratify my awaiting nostrils, highlighted by luscious dark fruits - raisins, prunes, and lightly spiced fig. I’m getting some earthy tones of moss covered oak as well, coupled with some dried cherries and sweet, sticky sherry. Full bodied, sticky mouthfeel. Nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The dark fruits come out immediately on the palate, along with some dark molasses. These mildly spicy fuirts then recede smoothly to a fantastic smoky malt finish. Delicious, smoky, well balanced treat. Boutip (6380) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 16, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Black95tt: Poured a clear burgundy color ale with a small slightly off-white dirty head with average retention. Aroma of sweat malt with subtle hints at dry fruits. Aroma is mix between some roasted malt with some dry fruits sweetness. Body is a bit thin for my own liking and alcohol shows a little bit. I would have liked a bit more of a smoky/peat aroma to make this truly wonderful but this is a very good beer nonetheless. ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2006
Bottle, Very dark brown with lasting tan head. Light prunes and burned sugar in the nose. The flavor is intense and dominated by liquorice, prunes and lots of alcohol. Smooth lovely mouth feel and mellow carbonation. Long bitter aftertaste with hints of roast. Very good, but I could do with less apparent alcohol. KAME (160) - California, USA - AUG 11, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2006 Bottle bought straight from the brewery, drank it later that night. Boy is the alcohol overwhelming with this one. Great medium brown pour with medium head. Aroma was complex with strong spices. Mouthfeel was near perfect. Flavor reminded me of a DB, very earthy but sprinkled with dark fruit. Alcohol is very noticeable on the back-end.