evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque brown/black with a tan head. Smells definitively of bourbon, with some underlying chocolate and a very light touch of smoke. Flavor is more clearly a scotch ale. Dark malt, both smoky and caramelicious, with a bit of vanilla. Woody, oaky smoke comes back in the finish, which is long and satisfying. Thick body.
dogfish120love (1291) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 18, 2017
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish brown to mahogany. aroma is vanilla, Bourbon, Oak. The flavor is sweet but the beer is somewhat The flavor is sweet but the beer is somewhat oxidized.
tryemallonce (12) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2017
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2017 When I opened fresh bottles 6 months ago it was the best beer I had ever had, bar none. Everything about this beer was about as good as it gets. Flavor and aroma were out of this world. I will definately try finding more on the next release. This is an extremely good beer, especially when fresh.
EithCubes (5751) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2017
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle vintage 2016, label says nothing about alcohol content (legal?). Nose huge chocolate, wood, soy sauce, murky-inky and lightly aged but inviting. Pour beautiful dark brown with tawny and ruby and amber highlights, head is sudsy tan. Taste extremely rich in malt, British yeast leaving its fruity ester fingerprints all over, alcohol is bracing but clean and medium-warming, very classy, and there are waves of brown sugar and molasses throughout, gearing up to strong treacle by the finish. On the whole only lightly sweet and that’s densely embedded, with a smooth and clean light bitterness that rounds. Light body but not watery, minimally fizzy, light vanilla (certainly not overdoing it on the barrel character, which is a major plus), several shades of caramel with sherry and very faintly oxidized notes, yet still tastes very fresh, even a tad young for service. Earthy, leathery, lighter cherry and red berry, plummy and grape even further back than that, slight tobacco, lightly oily, hint of smoke but I have to look for it. Wonderful complexity and a legit big boy, delighted to have gone in blind. [2017.03.01: 4.5]
Bulk_Carrier (4720) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - FEB 18, 2017
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into a thistle, the appearance was a dark brown close to black in color with a thin off white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Filmy lace graces the sides nicely.
The aroma takes on big sweet malty cues of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, milk chocolate, smoke, peat, vanilla, dry woodiness all coming together eloquently and so smooth.
The flavor melds all of those previously mentioned aromas in sweet dry fashion leading with the vanilla, wood and peat. Subtle woody to earthy to peaty aftertaste. Herbal/peaty and vanilla to woody sticky finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a pure peaty stickiness as it should be and without any cloying-ness. Low carbonation with an exceptional herbal/peaty smoothness rolling over my tongue.
Overall, scotch ale, damn straight! Barrel aged, well damn well it is! Perfect for a cold winter’s night in Vermont.
jrodooo5 (1597) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2017
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wasn’t quite blown away but good nevertheless. Pours a dark brown with a thin white head and little lacing. The aroma is robust with caramel malt. The bourbon flavor is merely an undertone as the caramel dominates the flavor. It is smooth on the palate and overall tasty but I’m just not sure this is one of the best scotch’s around!
PotjeBier (2989) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2017
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle @ home. Dark brown color. Dense light beige head with reasonable retention. Aroma’s: big bourbon, caramel/toffee sweetness, some red fruit. Retronasal it’s sweet. bourbon, red fruit, brownie, light woody tannines. Flavor is over moderate sweet, caramellish. Over medium bodied. Smooth mouthfeel. Long finish, but sweetness remains. Sweet, but nice.
JPDIPSO (6042) - Wauwatosa, USA - FEB 6, 2017
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown color, with a hint of orange when held to the light. Small tan head of smooth, creamy looking bubbles. Sweet aromas of toffee, bourbon, coconut, light fruit and beer nuts. (7+) Sweet toasty start. Plenty of bourbon, caramel and toasted malt. Oak and mild charcoal wander about. I seem to be catching some peat/iodine (not a bad thing in my book). A touch warm on the back of the palate. A bourbon lovers type brew. 8/13
malrubius (2755) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 6, 2017
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Meditrina. Garnet red brown with ring. Woody caramel boozy bourbon vanilla burnt brown sugar aroma. Sweet roasted maple syrup brown sugar caramel with a hint of ripe cherry and raisin balanced with assertive but not astringent woody spicy piney long bitter finish. Slightly sticky but more like booze than cough syrup. Full body. I’m not usually a fan of long bitterness and sticky but when they’re done right, they’re FUCKING AMAZING.
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2017
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate caramel, toffee, chocolate, fruit, vanilla, light bourbon, and a touch of oak. It pours a dark brown with a faint orange glow. It has a one finger khaki head that fades to a thin film outlined by a thicker ring. There is some sticky webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate and caramel with some lighter toffee and fruit. The finish has some mild earthy bitterness, light vanilla, coconut, bourbon, oak, and a hint of alcohol. It’s medium-full bodied with soft carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.
ajnepple (6015) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2017
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at El Bait Shop. Dark brown appearance with a light brown head. Aroma of caramel malt, toffee, vanilla, bourbon and a hint of toasted oak. Similar flavor, adding medium to heavy sweetness with a rich, lingering finish. Full body with a smooth, creamy feel. One of the best Scotch ales I have ever had, the barrel aging adds some nice complexities.