scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2004 This beer is even better then the 2002 version. Dark brown with an off white diminishing head. Aroma hints at many things to come in the taste. Malty as all hell, with notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruit (almost a port like quality), a bit of vanilla, and just enough smoke to let you know this is a true to form scotch ale. Medium to full bodied with a pillow soft carbonation. IMO, the boys at DuClaw nailed this one big time. Great job. cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 11, 2004
A truly amazing ale...my favorite in the style so far. Dark currant color. Noted the smoky malts as more of a rich, woody denseness. Incredibly full malts dance with a flavorful medley of raisins, praline, dried apple, and plum. Creamy throughout, lightly bitter (hops mingle subtly) with lasting earthy malt finish. I don't see how a scottish ale could get better than this but I hope to have the Alesmith soon so I can find out. :) Scraff, if I can ever send you anything in exchange for another of these bad boys, please don't hesitate to let me know. Firefaery (19) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2004
Mahogany in color and beautiful lacing. Sweet malty aroma with a rich malt flavor. I just loved it, plain & simple. TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2004
2003: Clear plum. Compact, rocky, dusty-white bubbles. Beautifully sharp aroma of earthy malts and chocolate-drenched prunes. Fairly airy underneath the charred sugars, black cherry, wax, powdery malts, and leafy hops. Dense body. Creamy mouthfeel. Sweet, resounding malts and creamed plum flavors are backed by a mild peatiness. The subtle airiness cuts through the charred sugars, moist wool, and peat notes. The malts continually climb into a decadently earthy, cedary backdrop alongside apple skins, dried plums, and rich caramel. Lush, powdery, plummy maltiness does a stellar job at withstanding the sugariness toward the end. Brassy, raisiny finish with a mild note of chocolate and leather. It doesn’t get much better than this: Plenty of earthy flavors and aromas to go along with a thickly creamy body, sweet, luscious malts, light peatiness, and leafy hops. Remarkably crafted. Thanks, scraff! Ret12 (454) - Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2011
This beer is amazing, not to much of a smoke flavor, but there is a large caramel sweetness but it is well balanced, pours a deep mahoghany, delicious.
hopscotch (11492) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2002
This beer rocks.
The aroma is oh so heavy with wonderful malt. Hints of toasted nuts, molasses, prune, vanilla, alcohol and just a whisper of smoke.
Handsome beer. Dark, clear amber with a small, frothy, khaki head.
Yum. Malt Malt Malt. Wonderfully unbalanced. Only slightly bitter. A little sour on the backside. Full-bodied beer with a creamy mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. A long, clean, crisp and dry finish. A rarity among scotch ales. One of the best I've tried.
guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 25, 2003
2003 release. Dark, copper appearance. Great aroma of malt, licorice and fruit(hints of cherry). Smooth, satisfying flavor with a toffeeish taste and only a little hop bitterness. One of the better examples of this style. More appreciative of it this year than last. axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2004 WCC2-Poured a clear red color with a fast dissapating yellow/tan head. Sweet carmel, toffee, and malt aroma. Very similar taste with some vanilla and nuts also present. Great scotch. wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2004
Pint glass, growler. Lots of caramel malt with hints of chocolate and molasses. Very light hops are rather earthy. Peated malt is evident. Lots of dried fruit (raisins, prunes, etc) aromas are present. Deep red/brown color with an average sized, creamy, off white head that is well lasting. Heavily sweet flavor becomes a moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter finish. Flavor is true to the nose. Velvety mouthfeel is slowly drying after each sip. Medium full body with average carbonation when first sampled. I’m actually enjoying this more with the reduced carbonation levels of a 5 day old growler. The mouthfeel is greatly enhanced. The bottom line is: an excellent scotch ale, not too far from acheiving perfection. I would have liked it more with richer caramel flavors, more peated malt, less initial carbonation, and a bit more hops. dolemike1 (1289) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Light brownish/amber body with a hint of read and a small off white head, nice aroma of caramel, roasted malts, and some smoke. Flavor is malt, tons of it, very sweet delicious, refreshing, caramel is most apparent, finished with a hint of bitterness. Very good.