bearohs (14) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2015
This beer rocks. Slightly sweet finish plus a unique kick up front makes you know you are drinking a mans beer. A boozy wonderful taste but not all that boozy if that makes any sense. Paigeturner (101) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2015
Brown pour clear and small tan head. Aroma of nutty malts. Flavor of dried nuts and some dried dark fruits. Really great style I need to divulge in more. I hear ale smith got a good one.....bottle trade? zizzybalubba (1860) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2009 750 mL bottle from Lee’s Liquors in Orlando (big thanks to Austin for getting this one). Pours dark brown with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, smoke, and very light piney hops. Very good, balanced flavor; not too sweet like many Scotch Ales. This does have some characterisitics of an imperial stout with the smoked flavors, toffee, and a hint of coffee. I said this in my review of Founder’s Dirty Bastard but I now have to ammend that review: best Scotch Ale I have had. This time, I don’t think it’s even close. Phenomenal beer. PhilTheThrill (25) - Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2009
750 at redlight redlight
huge toffee and chocolate notes in the nose... super creamy... delicious coffee and toffee tastes... like ovaltine for big people... hot damn. DocLock (10647) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2010
Bottle from Frank Smith’s. Pours turbid burny umber with a huge, fluffy 3-finger brown head and lace to spare. Nose is scotch malty, dark fruity, with notes of fig, toffee, brown sugar, hops, earthy, and cacao. Tastes rich, malty, somewhat sweet, with figgy and red winey fruit, butterscotch (not diacetyl), brown sugar, molasses, and fine tobacco. Reminds me a lot of Alesmith’s scotch ale,, the name of which escapes me at the moment, and a bit of the original Stoudt’s scotch ale, which was a masterpiece. Very complex palate, and as it warms I get more cherry flavor, soime slight funky lactic notes, and tons of malt throughout. This is an elite scotch ale.
radioscooter (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2011
For over a year, I’ve been trying to find ONE Scotch Ale that comes even close to the flavor and taste of McEwan’s Scotch Ale, which is on hiatus from being imported to the US. If you read my other reviews you’ll see I’ve been through a LOT of them:
I’ve liked some. Disliked others. NONE of them have the taste that McEwan’s brings to the table. I was dismayed and thought I’d never get it again. I have a couple last bottles of Mac here that I’d been saving. I’ve been looking for some to trade in Canada where they apparently still exist, but it’s been rough.
So, after trying so many other SA’s with nothing close (Alesmith was the closest and it’s a far jump) I halfheartedly opened a bottle of Big Sound last night.
Delightedly, I find that it aims squarely for the McEewan’s flavor and may even SURPASS it in every way. I went and read their web description. Cherries! Who’d have thought? And here’s me slamming every quad that sneaks freaking cherries into their blend!
So - if you like and miss McEwan’s - give this a try. I have a Mac opened and am going back and forth. Mac is definitely more soy sauce/tobbacco, while the BS is a bit sweeter - but it’s a fine line.
Here’s the real BA rundown:
APP: Deep dark mahogany body with a beautiful full-figured head on top in vanilla caramel colors.
Smell: Molasses, Toffee, and apparently old cherries. I would have said English Fruitcake - but same thing.
Taste: Malt bomb, dark caramel syrupy sweet. Not too stouty, so a good drinker but really big flavor. Toffee, cherries, dark candied fruit, a little coffee, burnt sugar. Molasses. Wonderful.
Overall - just freaking amazing and an easy drinker. aasher (113) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2011
This beer was given as an extra by Avagadro in a recent trade. Thanks Aaron! It was poured into a Bell’s tulip. It pours a dark, dark brown in color with a one finger velvety smooth beige colored head. It was a very, very smooth pour and was medium to full in body. It smells of slightly sweet dark malts, cream, with a light hazelnut aspect. It’s really intriguing. The flavors are phenomenal and complex. It tastes of light cocoa powder, cream, light vanilla, light toffee, and light cherries. Everything is so well integrated that it’s the perfect blend, overly flavorful, and not too sweet. This beer is exceptionally smooth and perfect on the palate. The aftertaste too is phenomenal. Overall this is hands down the best scotch ale I’ve had to date. What a beer! Seek out this beer if you’re a fan of the style rubbishystuff (2521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Thanks to Dad for this. Very nice beer. Warm malty toffee flavors. Also a minerally flavor that is nice. Quite smooth. Serving: Bottle 77ships (9632) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 1, 2013
75 cl. bottle sampled @ RBESG 2013. Thx! to Joes. Dark brown, light ruby hue, little tanned head. Nose is red fruits, light caramel, thick berries, Schwarzwald pie. Taste is sweet berries, Schwarzwald pie, thick mocha, light port, sour notes, redd berries, bitter herbs & some spice. Thick body. Reminds me a bit of Kalevipoeg due to the Schwarzwald pie & berry notes. Another excellent CCB brew, confused by the low ratings to be honest. daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Bottle sent to my by tpd975. Great great scotch ale. Very dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma is full of great caramel malt, nuts, fruit and some brown sugar. The body of this beer is beyond amazing. Coats the mouth like very few beers can dream of. The flavor is just loaded with every imaginalbe malt flavor you can name. Caramel, toffee, fruit, vanilla, chocolate, wood, roast, brown sugar, man oh man. Wayne and Joey are seriously cranking out some amazing beers. but what do I know, I am just a homer.