igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 4, 2005
A deep dark mahogany with some noticeable co2. The head dies rapidly and leaves a sticky lace. Aroma is malty and of caramel with some roasty notes. A true Scotch Ale not loaded with hops. Flavor is sweet with a light hop bite (almost tart) finish. Nothing complex, but a good representation the style. Palate is medium bodied with a roasted grain presence. I found this to be one of the better Scotch Ales (that I have tried) brewed in the US. Well balanced and full of the malt flavors that make this style great. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Clear amber color with a dark colored head..clean, hoppy aroma...slightly spicy hop flavors but too much of a watery background...yes, its hoppy and a tad sweet with some added alcohol heat..but its quite one dimensional and boring and so I say, Skip it! chinreallyfat (21) - Chula Vista, California, USA - OCT 31, 2004
Having consummed this several times at bars in the SF bay area, I miss it around XMAS. The skull and crossbones wearing a Sant Claus hat always put me in a jolly mood. One of Rodgers best at the time. legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2004
Another winner form these guys IMHO. I would really like to get my hands on some of their other brews, ’cause between this beer and the Expedition, I am sold. Poured quite dark with a very dark head. Strong malt in the nose and the perfect burned qualities on the tongue as well. MrDick (381) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 17, 2004
(on tap for strong beer month ’04 in san francisco) Sweet bubblegum aroma from the dark brown pour. This year was made to resemble a scottish wee heavy, but it’s closer to a barleywine. Lots of spices and sweet flavors balanced with malts. This was tasted very young (4 months old), so I’ll have to re-rate once I drink the bottle in my fridge.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Black color with a tan head & small lacing. Notes of fig, raisin, plum and roast in the nose. Smokey flavor with sweet apple pie. Finishes thick and warm. Balanced and tasty, seems like there is spices but there’s not. Good! Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Dark mahogany with an off white almost tannish head with big spotty lace. Big malt aromas. Caramel, brown sugar, spicy hops. Roast malts. Figs. Flavors have just a hint of coffee. Caramel and roast malts. Fruits. Maybe raisins. Maybe fig. Sweet and cloying palate, sticky body and a bitter alcohol finish. bb (9241) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Bottle. Deep mahogony color with no head. Sweet malt aroma. Malt flavors with toffee, brown sugar, slight spiciness, a little fruit and a hint of bitterness. Good overall mouthfeel - nice and full. A little alcohol warming at the end, but otherwise hidden nicely. AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 11, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2004 Real rich and creamy dark brew here. Head on top is also rich, creamy, dark and fully lasting. Aroma is very sweet, brown sugar, and malty, alcohol is apparent. Alcohol stood out a bit too strong on this one, in my humble opinion. Could have been a bit more balanced.
11/30/2004: I tried this beer again on tap at the Hopyard with some hot wings. This time the beer was an IIPA. The wings were really spicy they went great with this high hop, high alcohol brew. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 29, 2004
2004 Version Scotch Ale. Medium brown color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty and sweet. A medium bodied scotch ale. Malts are malty, chocolately and fairly sweet. Lots of bourbon flavors as well. Hops are slightly spicy. Nicely balanced. Touches of brown sugar and molasses. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and sweet. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.