kidobutai (700) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Good head, chocolate brown, distinctive bourbon aroma. Smooth and creamy, nice bite on the finish. nimbleprop (8922) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2014
22oz bottle pours a hazy, copper amber with some clump, thin, off white head. Nose is straight forward, malt, mild cracker, plenty of figs and dates, some brown sugar, a little earthy, perhaps a little dried citrus. Fairly mild on the nose and the flavor follows. Tastes sweet, mildly bitter, more of a mild soapy bitterness, cracker, a little umami, some raisin... but not a whole lot else. Clean finish. Not offensive, but lacks the complexity of better scotch ales. Emeister84 (2648) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Caramel, nutty aromas, some toasted biscuit, some raisiny dried fruit. Clear bronze-ruby with a lasting beige head. Initial sweet malts, vanilla, caramel, becomes a little hop-dominant throughout. Medium bodied. zickbeer_ye (441) - Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Malty biscuit aroma and caramel and minor cocoa. Foamy off white head and rusty reddish brown body. Sweet malty flavor with minor chocolate and bread notes and some hops. Crisp thin body. HellesBunny666 (244) - Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Sweet aromas, dried fruit, malt, very little caramel. Sweet and smooth. Slightly bitter and hoppy, but roasty. Finishes clean and sweet, but not very malty or nutty like I expected.
DCLawyer (2931) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Bomber->fluted snifter. Deep amber with moderate lite tan head. A: caramel malt, rye, dark grains, whisky. T: peat, malt, grains, booze. Mild bitter aftertaste cuts the sweetness of the body. Ok. Foxbush (2140) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2014
22 oz bottle Vintage 2014 Purchased at Tom Leonard’s in Western Henrico The ale poured a clear deep amber to reddish color. A very attractive ale with a small off white head and some lacing. The aroma was malty with caramel and a kiss of bourbon. The medium body ale had active carbonation. The flavor was sweet with maybe some toffee. The finish also ended with an earthy sweetness and a hint of bourbon . No bitterness. The 7% abv was a nice feature.
Dogbrick (14288) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Sample at Station 2. Clear brownish-amber color with a medium thin light beige head that dissipates steadily to a film. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruit, roast malt and hops. Medium body with flavors of peaty malt, ripe fruit and earthy hops. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2014
I think there may be some rating confusion going on here - I may be mistaken, but I believe that there is a straight up Scotchtown versus a barrel aged version. I’ve had the barrel aged, this was my first time with a pint of the regular. Pours a deep reddish brown, decent head. Aroma is malty, toffee and a touch of caramel. Flavor is a match, full bodied, but not cloying. Really nice example of the style, liked it quite a bit. Ibrew2or3 (8912) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Bottle pours with a mahogany colored body that supports a tan head. The aroma offers up roasted malts, dusty malts and sort of a sweet caramel malt note. The taste has prunes and brown sugar dusted peach wedges. It then moves into sweet malts, figs and then caramel malts. Not coming together perfect but still an agreeable elixir.