superspak (6200) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2017
12 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but has a bottle manufacture code of 8/31/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep ruby red, light copper/brown color with a small fairly dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, pear, apricot, red apple, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with light notes of nuttiness, roast, peat smoke, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, pear, apricot, red apple, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with light notes of nuttiness, roast, peat smoke, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Mild herbal/grassy hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruit, cherry, pear, apricot, red apple, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, leather, tobacco, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Minimal dryness. Light-medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Pretty thin for the ABV, but not bad. Minimal warming alcohol for 10.1%. Overall this is a nice scotch ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV. This had some nice well rounded yeast/malt complexity and balance between the two. Just not as richly flavorful and full bodied as it should have been for the style. A nicely enjoyable offering, and good style example otherwise. ryanscourt (1567) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2017
First beach vacation to Erie with baby pj! Showing him how to enjoy some beer along the way! A little sweet but enjoyable. raymow (1860) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2017
bottled - nice amber color. Sweet aroma. Sweet malt flavor with an alcoholy finish. Dacrza (1067) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2017
DATE: April 15, 2017... OCCASION: having enjoyed a great Easter Saturday, Shan and I begin binging on old Arrested Development... GLASSWARE: Corsendonk tulip... pours a dark ruby body full of effervescence... a single-finger, thick white head that sits stoically... first hints of aroma are sweet caramel and toffee, butterscotch, whiskey, leather and faint floral suggestions... in a word, quite complex and promising... first sip is big but not overpowering, lasting but not intrusive... exhibits liveliness at the teeth, but really sinks its teeth into the throat with heavy maltiness... bourbon, caramel, sweet toffee, and raisin make for a boozy, sweet medium-bodied sip that is a meal in itself... too much of a medicinal impact for my liking...a fan of the genre to start, this is thin and wine-like in its presence... big, bold, yet belying its 10.1 ABV... one I would gladly drink again, but not one I would buy again... demannu (451) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2016
Overall very malt forward. Some fruit notes in flavor. Syrupy full body. Not my style.
rondphoto (4508) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 29, 2016
bottle @ House of 1000 Beers / New Kensington PA --- Aroma of caramel. Clear amber brown color, beige head that drops to a thin rim, bands of lace. Taste is malt and toffee that coasts through light carbonation as it grows into warm alcohol in a medium length finish. No noticeable hop presence. Heavy on the sweet side, and a little heavy in the belly, but good, at least in small doses. kramer (6975) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2016
Bottle. Pours a clear ruby body under a small fizzy beige head that faded to a thin ring. The nose is super malt forward with an interesting fruitiness to it. It’s almost like a sour cherry like note. Some moderate alcohol noticeable as well. The flavor is rather sweet with caramel and toffee sweetness. Some alcohol on the back end, but the sweetness tempers it pretty well. Medium bodied and not as clingy and sticky as I was expecting with soft fizzy carbonation. A little bit of a one-pony show here, but it’s better than I remember it being from when I had it years ago. katrinaez (2355) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2016
Light sweet yeasty smell and very bready taste. Little carbonation and amber in color. Light taste for the ABV. Tasty. Tap. slowrunner77 (13171) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 1, 2016
Like their Scottish, fairly one dimensional sweet caramel and fruity Malts. Perhaps a touch more complexity, a little darker and a little bigger. Still not the greatest. alexsdad06 (11222) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Draft to snifter at Firehouse grill. Pours a clear deep, reddish copper brown color with a medium sized, creamy beige head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, caramel, buttery toffee, fruity but almost candied fruit, hint of earth, predominantly sweet though, hides the abv nicely because of the sweetness.