JulienHuxley (5909) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010 Bottle. brown pour with a thin head. Bubble gum aromas with a bit of dough, raisin, cinnamon, alcohol prickliness. It’s in the mouth that you get the maple syrup, strong sticky malts, very sweet, liquory and a good alcohol presence. This is geting better and better everytime. minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Dark murky brown with reddish tint; medium beige head.
Aroma - quite sweet, maple syrup, some alcohol, walnuts?, raisin bran? cookie dough? jhumphries69 notes bubblegum, I would agree with it. Opens up your sinuses like a real scotch. Very tasty, full bodied, malty, maple syrup, oak. Moderate carbonation gives a texture of some dry patchy bark. Potent and very well put together beer. Not supremely complex but very classy, very satisfying warming and tasty. j12601 (13035) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Bottle. Pours a lightly hazed crimson hued tawny amber with a medium to large beige head. Sweet candied bananas, bubble gum caramel, and some maple syrup notes. Medium to thick body, caramel and maple. Big long warming alcohol and more banana like after flavors. jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2009
33cl bottle. Pours a bright orangey-brown with a thin tan head that leaves some small streaks and spots of lace on the glass. Bubble gum aroma emanates as I pour from the bottle, but subsides (can’t smell it now). Chewy malt aroma - lots of caramel, lots of sticky malts, softfruit/gum esters, subtle spiciness/smokiness, not-so-subtle ethanol. The flavor follows the aroma: chewy malts with a lot of caramel and a mesmerizing combo of fruity esters + sticky-sweet malts. There is a subtle spiciness (phenol, not hops) and then toward mid-palate is the entrance of a tantalizing duo of fruity esters and soft earthy hops. The finish is full but manages to be slightly dry with a subtle spiciness, lots of caramel and toffee malts (touch of cocoa, too), and a noticeable taste of alcohol (but not unpleasant). The mouthfeel is more bubbly than expected - starts almost sharp with carbonation - but it dulls into a smooth, slippery, full-bodied liquid that leaves a velvety coating on the tongue. Overall, what a fantastic brew! (And strongly intoxicating for such a small portion) thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2009
(12oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye) Pours a glowing orange with a nice lasting head. Nose is spicy, alcohol and maple syrup. Taste is very hot on the front and the finish, maple syrup, and great carbonation. Some caramel here too.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Single purchased at the ol’ Buckeye Beer Engine. Pour is a nice murky brown with a hint of red to it. Almost no head to speak of. The aroma is not overpowering -it has some subtle notes of caramel malt, but really the maple is the one singing out in front. The flavor is quite unusual. It has a thick sweetness to it at first, then a real bitterness, and a strong earthy flavor with comes to a close with the maple flavorings. Such an unusual beer, but one that definitely works. shigadeyo (3766) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2009
caesar (7170) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2009
8/07/2009: Équinoxe du Printemps ("Spring Equinox")... Aroma: Lots of richly caramelized malts, nuances of sweet maple, tinge of refined alcohol. Appearance: Shiny reddish-copper color, mostly transparent; 1-finger ivory-colored head that falls at a moderate rate to leave some frothy spots on the surface and a ring around the edge. Flavor: Starts good and malty with plenty of caramelized malt, sherry, hints of sweeter maple syrup; swallow and quite a bit of almost astringent alcohol is revealed and any residual sweetness is gone; seems almost like a Belgian Tripel (fruity, spicy, metallic) with some alcohol burn in the finish. Palate: Medium-light to medium; quite smooth, but somewhat thin. Overall: Maple syrup always seems like a good idea, but I think most of the sweetness and flavor from it ferment out quite readily and the resulting alcohol is sharp and the body of the beer suffers. This really isn’t a good Scotch Ale, in my opinion as it is lacking malt depth, good caramelization, and even a little body. The alcohol just shows way too much in a bad way. This is a decent beer in general, but seems more like a Doppelbock to me overall. UPDATE: This beer definitely improves as it approaches room temperature. The alcohol dies down a bit (more of a warming burn now), there is some ripe peach in the aroma, the malty complexities become more apparent (more like a Scotch Ale and not like a Belgian Strong Ale of some sort!) as well as a hint of anise (especially in the finish) in the flavor, and the body even seems to become a bit more full and sticky. It’s becoming really quite good now... Too bad the bottle is almost gone though! This has helped my rating out quite a bit though!
11.5 fl. oz. bottle (twist-off cap, 9.5% alc/vol) from Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield, Ohio. Rating #208 for this beer.
Bottled, tasting session. Hazy orange color, short head. Aroma of molasses, caramel malt, some sherry. Sligth bitter, bit liquorish. GMCC2181 (1613) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Bottle from SL.... Poured into a snifter... Not much head... Brownish red color. Nice aroma of wood, malty, sugar, dark fruits... sort of like a barleywine... Taste is a nice smooth scotch ale... Maple syrup, sweet malty taste.. Nice sipping beer. Overall a unique beer that was enjoyed. kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2009
12 oz bottle: Deep amber w/ orange highlights and a light beige head. Moderately fruity, but indistinct at the moment. Nice wood maple flavor grows as it warms, along with toasty malt. Clean otherwise. Flavor is sweet up front, very warming with alcohol, caramel, very little maple flavor, but it is woody as well as a bit maply, to be expected if it was true maple syrup. Sweet and syrupy up front, but has a drier finish with alcohol, which may add to the fruitiness. Fuller body at first ,but lighter in the finish, dry m/f due to alcohol, and low CO2. Not a bad beer, but I think it could be more refined? It’s not that I don’t like it, and that the maple essence isn’t captured. I think they did a fine job of that, but I’m not 100% convinced I am a big fan of the beer. Too hot for me, and needs more complexity IMHO.