Mark_Eck (1998) - - JUN 19, 2016 Jfishback13 (273) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn... they didn't play around with this beer. The best Scotch Ale I've ever had. Nice and thick, tasty, hoppy, and sweet. Just a wonderfully balanced beer.
Notes from summer. Pours reddish brown. Aroma and taste are malts, caramel, and some nuttiness. mstrcrwly (1000) - New York, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Bottle poured into a tulip..burgundy with a fluffy off white head..aroma of raisins,figs,malts,plums.
Tastes of plums,raisins,malts..not bad. Ferris (15901) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
Draft - Toasted malts and toast. Deep brown with a bubbly beige head. Malty and toasted malts with a dry finish. Meh. fakebeersnob (325) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Three bottles - three different experiences. The first bottle was pulled from the fridge, sat on a table for 30 mins, and when I opened it it was like a geyser. Most of it sprayed out. Not judging anything on that bottle. Second bottle did not do that, but hat this sour taste like it was infected. Decided to try a third bottle before rating. Third bottle....poured a dark cola. Decent head but the lacing disappeared quickly. I can’t place the smell. Not pleasant, but not unpleasant. Just doesn’t taste like a beer to me.
Tasting dark fruits but with a smoky taste to it? I think my third beer is what it should taste like.
I love Final Absolution. I have had that many times. This, coming from the same brewery is surprising. Three beers from the same four pack. Three different experiences. I will drink the fourth, but then go back to Dirty Bastard. This is just a mess. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a thistle.
The appearance was a semi-dark brown with tints of purple along the edges.The head was about a finger’s worth of white foaminess that gently died. Super light lacing trickled down the glass.
The smell had a caramel malty roasted peatiness I normally get in most Scotch ales. Light "meat"-like aroma tried to invade but stayed subdued for the most part.
The taste was sweet roasty peaty with that light "meat"-like flavoring trying to come in.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium with a semi-decent sessionability to it. The "meat" flavoring could be a tad distracting. However, this beer definitely rolled across my tongue extremely well leaving a really nice smoothness all around.
Overall, for the most part, good Scotch ale. I’m not sure where I got the "meatiness" but hey throughout the beer it does show its face fairly strong but fairly weak at different times.
firstsip (733) - Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Tap. Dark ruby/plum. Thinnish. Very sweet. Raisin, soy sauce, definitely present alcohol. ICEatALAMO (1350) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Bottle. The pour is dark, deep amber. The aroma is nice and bold, mostly scottish malts. The taste is decent for a scottish ale, nothing special.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone cmbatter (4) - Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2014 does not count
This is a deep, rich tasting beer with a heavily fruity aroma and truly minimal lacing/foam presence. This beer is best enjoyed cold as it becomes overwhelming as it creeps closer to room temperature. It’s not my favorite beer but it is quite enjoyable by itself, cold, or with a good slab of red meat. chinchill (5071) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Undated 12 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Pours dark but clear, with a tan head of moderate size and retention. Minimal lacing.
Aroma: more like wine vinegar than Scotch Ale.
Flavor: Some vinegar here too, about matching the dark malts. Light smoke in the finish.
O: "Unique taste" indeed. Probably not at its best, but then again the bottle was from a reliable store, and carefully cold-stored for just a few months. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Tap: Trudgy, swampy brown color with a vibrant red/ruby tone throughout; creamy, beige head on top settles nicely to a chunky collar. Aroma contains a nice abundance of malt; burnt caramel, cocoa powder, & a light smokiness. Rum-raisins & plums.... The nose is sweet, but offset by a mild smoky note & some faint charred malt. Taste is big fruit up front; apples, plums, raisins, even some pear; gains some robustness from the alcohol. Light smoke, rustic caramel notes, cocoa powder, & some slightly charred woody & nutty hints. Big black currant & date-like fruit finish.
I’ve had bottles of this that were quite disappointing; quite tart mid-palate with signs of possible infection. Astringent finish, & almost cloying levels of sweetness... Seems variation of this beer can be a bitch. But when it’s good... it’s not bad at all.