JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - JUN 24, 2016 DrnkMcDermott (3100) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster at MWBF 2011; still finishing my notes. A lovely, big, ruddy brown. Like a horse, I guess.. Kicks up some brown-egg-shell foam. Can’t pick up too much smell besides some general maltiness. A big Scotch Ale taste, very dark, nutty brown. Kind of light hops. And yet, I’m now getting a kind of sugary smell, and some more sweetness. Earthy hops. I’m only dinging the Aroma score because I couldn’t get much beyond the sweetness, which may have been my nose’s problem.
Ruby to purple in color with a diminishing light tan head and decent lace. Sweet malt and grainy scents with a molasses backdrop. Flavors are sweet and quite simple. Grains dominate, with some toast and dark fruit jam. Hints of smoke and roasted malt in the finish. Some metal and earth in the linger. 7/10
GranvilleTim (1855) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2016
Caramel pour with a beige head. Aroma is fruity, bready. Taste is dark fruit, little sweet, An ok beer. Lacing shown on each sip. MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2015
[ bottle ][ 1oz ][ @tasting ][ $ ? ][ snifter ][ 11.14.15 ]GenDV138 (7285) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2015
translucent caramel-amber, thin cream ring. Sweet plastic sugar nose, faintly green. Front is more green, full bodied effervescent, fizzy gum sugar with light sap and caramel mid, slick oily body through the sweet end.
Bottle at the DC Gathering. Brownish amber with off-white head. Aromas of malt, caramel. Tastes of malt, caramel. Light body with a dry finish. kevinator (2221) - The Colony, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2015
Bold aroma of caramel malt. Nice bourbon color. Medium palate and weight. Smooth. Flavors of caramel, oak and peat. Low on hops.
Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2015
Lite ruby /cola color. Short lived head. Aroma is light of smoke ,malt and some nuttiness. Flavor is also light as well as the body. ABV well hidden. This is just too light and thin to be a good representative of the style. GreatDane1632 (1169) - North Dakota, USA - JUN 30, 2015
Dinner beer -- Was surprised this was sub-7% abv. Solid beer, but with this style I prefer a heavier brew. Overall very nice. slowrunner77 (12051) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 15, 2015
Better flavor than expected. Perfect amount of smoke in this one. Nose is nice too. Smoke, malt, toffee, fruit and nut. Body being thin is the only thing holding this back. crossovert (12934) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2015
355ml bottle. HAzed dark amber/brown pour. Creamy milky white head. The aroma is suprememly malty with a dose of fruitiness and slight herbs. Flavor is sweet with some spices, very savory yeast, some bitternsweetness in the finish, bit of balsamic, but not in a sour way. Decent brew that has very little sweetness and loads of malt presence. UrbanCaveman (193) - Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2015
12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint at ~40 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours a clear, if dark, garnet-ruby brown, where the shadows of one’s fingers are visible with no blurring on the other side of the glass. Forms a rather short-lived finger of beige head, which dies to a ring swiftly.
Smell: Toffee-sprinkled dark bread, being eaten near a patch of damp clay that lends just a hint to the aroma. There are also faint suggestions of some old fig and black cherry.
Taste: The flavors open with a mixture of an ashy-clay bitterness, sweet toffee, and dark bread, with the ashes and clay forming a sort of bedrock which underlays the remainder of the palate. Notes of tanned leather and fig waft through the sweetness, along with some hints of old, soft, damp wood. The finish leaves a lingering aftertaste of bitter clay, sweet toffee, and aged black cherry.
Mouthfeel: Light and thin, this is a chuggable beer, not a sticky or creamy one.
Overall: I’m not displeased with having picked up a sixer of this beer, but I don’t know that it’s a repeater for me. Between the thin mouthfeel and the, to me, somewhat heavy-handed approach to the earthy hops, I’ve had much better scotch ales.