nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2008 Smells fairly strongly of alcohol. Not fantastic complexity, but for a winter beer this one could definitely be a session favorite. Lighter and the alcohol isn’t a present on the palate as on the nose. Not the greatest from Brooklyn, but still very respectable. Drink4Satan (677) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 24, 2007
This beer was a massive let down, as I usually love the stuff that this brewery produces. Looks great, with a clear mahagony colour and a creamy, thick off-white head. The nose is pretty weak for a scotch ale, with toasted caramel malt, peat, cherry, vanilla and paper, all coming across faintly. The flavour has the harshest crystal malt profile I’ve ever encountered, making it nearly impossible to drink. While there are flavours of caramel, earthy malt, star anise and some dark fruits, they are all dominated by brash, rooty, paper-like crystal malt. The mouthfeel is thin a abrassive, with a oily and highly over-carbonated body. This came very close to becoming a drain pour. This is the last thing I would want to grab for a winter warmer, and the alcohol is poorly hidden, too. Brooklyn, stop making this garbage; it’s soiling your name! gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Fresh and refreshing. Nice medium malty body. Could do with a bit less sweetness. Almost a licorace taste. beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2007
12 oz. bottle, 2007 edition. Pours a clear brown with a moderate linen white head that lasted until about mid-glass. Not all that aromatic with some lightly roasted malt and a bit of caramel. The flavor was again lightly roasted malt and caramel. Really lacked that rich peaty, smokey flavor typical of a scotch ale. Finish was a tad thin. Not worth revisiting. LinusStick (3484) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Wow....this is an incredible scotch ale! Aroma was strong roasted malt, caramel and earth. Pour was a nice deep dark amber with a one finger off white head that stayed the whole drink. Taste was great. Strong roasted malt, caramel and some smokiness. As it warms some toffe comes out. Very delicious.
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 22, 2007
This beer pours no head some minor laceing to it with a nut brown color that is relativley clear. The aroma is very mild some fruits and minor earth tones nothing to intence though. As you drink it the flavor s sweet and malty with a watery finish which is alright and rather light. This beer is very light for a winter beer i was expecting more spice to it. 00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2007
This was a pleasant brew. Pours out a nice clear brown color with a small lasting beige head. aroma was rather malty and sweet. flavor was very much the same. this one had a nice lasting finish to it. I really enjoyed this brew and think it possibly could under rated. beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2010 12 oz bottle-best before August 08-Copper color w/a huge off white rocky head. Roasted malt aroma. Flavors of roasted caramel malt, toffee, & dark fruit w/a little bit of cherries to it. Rich full malt finish, but the mouthfeel was a little thin. Overall, a very enjoyable brew. ***Rerate*** On tap @ Lures-Crownsville Md. Solid brew again-lots of malt & a little more carbonated on tap. Easy drinker. smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Bottle - A clear medium brown body with a tightly bubbled and lasting head atop. A deep malt aroma. A bit of chocolate and roast. Caramel, lightly toasted grain and a hint of smokiness ... but I think this is a good thing. The finish is also that of deep, rich malt. I’m not a huge fan of Scottish ales, but this one is nice. muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2007
2007 edition (best before 4/08), 12 ounce bottle from City Market in Burlington, VT (December 2007), consumed at cellar temperature froma Chouffe tulip. A huge, very smooth light tan head fills 2/3 of the glass, decaying slowly atop the translucent pale caramel body.....nose is mostly caramel-vanilla sweetness, faint alcoholic hint, light toasted grains, simple but effective enough....the flavor profile is fairly typical: caramel, lightly toasted grain, a hint of smokiness....the finish is alas more than a little cardboardy, and there just isn’t enough body here, it’s watery and weak all around....a touch of lingering bitterness at the finish, faint cherry tartness and a bit of sourness. Not very impressive.