AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Another entry into the AW BHoF! Big Sky nailed it with this brew; simply nailed it! It pours up a deep mahogany body with a nice 1-finger head that hangs around for quite a while. Scents of rich malts and dark fruits like cherries and plums precede the flavors of sweet malts, caramel and dark fruits. Put the sense of smell and taste into overdrive by breathing in through your nose just as you are drinking some of this fine brew!! Oh yeah! There’s just enough hit of hops to make this one amazingly fine brew! This is a easy session brew so keep track of how many you enjoy! bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.
Appearance: Clear mahogany with an almost yellow head.
Aroma: Caramel, toffee, and cherry are fairly strong. Some floral, spicy and metallic English hops. Smells more like a English Strong Ale than a Scotch Ale.
Taste: Fairly sweet with loads of caramel and dark fruits such as cherry, figs and raisins. Not as much hops as noted in the smell, just a light spicy and metallic finish. Straddles the line of cloying, but somehow the flavor profile works for me.
Palate: Moderate carbonation, medium body, odd finish. Since I did not knock the Taste score for almost being cloying, I while knock the Feel score for the residual sweetness.
Overall: Pretty good Scotch Ale. A little sweet and the finish and aroma is a little odd, but for some reason I simply like the taste. Isn’t that good enough?
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2011
12 oz. bottle from HyVee Marion
Ar: Aroma is toffee, burnt sugar, and a touch of tamari, a bit of chocolate.
Ap: Pours a clear reddish copper with a 1" frothy manila head. Nice lace.
T: Doesn’t have nearly the sweetness I’m used to in a Scotch Ale. Flavor profile is similar to aroma. Mild hops shine through on finish.
P: Medium body with mild to moderate carbonation.
O: This is a fine beer, but I think it lacks a lot of the richness that I look for in a Scotch Ale. Still solid though. dfinney23 (3394) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Nice and malty, lots of sweet caramel but offset with some bitter and savory notes. Not the best Scotch ale I’ve had but pretty good. andyhwcinc (1884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Purchased at Breeze Thru Liquors in Milwaukee, WI; enjoyed on a nice mid August Thursday night, about to be buried in work. Appearance a nice dark brown caramel with a thin white off white head that rims around the glass. Aroma mostly of roasted malts, a small hint of plums, maybe a little chocolate in the back. Taste is pretty good and flavorful, mostly malty with some English hop bitterness, rather low carbonation, seems somewhat tame but still enjoyable. Happy to have tried this.
hellbilly (3248) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2011
bottle at papago 9/9/10.
clear. pours the color usually associated with scotch ale (if not a shade lighter) with a tannish head and lasting ring.
there is some sort of fruitiness in the aroma which i can’t identify... along with toffee, malt, nuttiness and some mild milk chocolate.
the palate is not as sweet as i expected it to be (and low for the style) while the flavor mirrors the aroma. there is a dry woody finish which lingers as well as helps make the medium body very drinkable. it lacks the warmth typical in the style but that makes it easier to drink (a style i normally don’t care for). 6/3/6/4/15 TomTiedemann (250) - Levittown, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2011
very nice aroma of roasted flavor. had on tap and was dark amber red. overall very nice touch Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 12, 2011
12 oz bottle from a local grocer. Pours medium brown with a thick head but little lacing. Light aroma of caramel, peat and yeast. Flavor is unusual for the style with a roasted aspect along with the caramel and peat. This one didnt do much for me. Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2011
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear red/brown - white head. Amber malts, roasted, chocolate, nutty, ok hoppy, grassy, light bitterness, berries, dried fruits. OK bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Pours a ruby amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma is moderate with hints of malt and caramel. Flavor is quite malty with roasty notes and hints of caramel, chocolate, grains, and light hops. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Decent brew.