Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2010
Bottle at home. Dark brown clear pour, thin creamy off-white head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, candi sugar and some spicy hops. Flavor is somewhat bitter, mostly sweet and quite spicy with some fresh bread, a hint of peat and decent roasty malts. Very nice balance and thick body. Nice brew. oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Extremely dark brown pour with a half finger beige head. The aroma holds nutty roasted malts, caramel, raisin, fig, date, plum, caramelized brown sugar, chocolate, and a slight hint of grapefruit hops. The flavor is peaty caramel and cocoa nib with a powerful dark fruit back drop that leaves the slightest roast on the tongue. The palate is rich and full with a silky body, low carbonation, and a dry finish. jsmerig (1583) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2010
pours a deep red with a foamy tan head. Aroma chocolate licorice. Amazing. I could smell this for hours. flavor is amazingly malty. the licorice comes through in the flavor amazingly well. The sweetness is slightly counterbalanced by a smoky alcohol flavor at the finish. I love scotch ales and this is now my favorite. Salud. Shrews629 (193) - Kentucky, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Hazy amber with burnt orange/yellow highlights around the bottom. Moderate tan head with modest retention and nice lacing. Looks pretty good in the glass. Very delightful malty aroma of bread and caramel. Very, very well balanced. Both really stand out and are very alluring. Lightly roasted and somewhat fruity. Peachy smelling. Rich malt in the taste with some light caramel. Actually has a walnut dryness in the taste. Very nice. Some alcohol warmth invades the flavor in a very welcoming way. Full bodied mouthfeel that is extremely dry and leaves a wealth on the palate. Some alcohol is left on the tongue and the roof of the mouth. Feels wonderful. Chewy even. This is a great brew, however I probably wouldn’t be able to have more than 2 at a time due to the high ABV. It was very nice on this cold December night. This is also a nice after dinner brew in my opinion. The alcohol comes in nicely and exits easily. larsga (7539) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 4, 2010
Thin beige head. Hazy deep red body is just barely translucent because of all the small particles. Fruity dusty caramelly aroma with earthy licorice and toffee notes. Dry-sweet delicate roasty earthy chocolate taste with caramelly toffee and dust notes. Fullish body. Mild mouthfeel. Dry roasty resiny caramel aftertaste with chocolatey coffee, raisins, and creme brulee notes. Absolutely outstanding. Lovely malt character. (0.355l bottle, Håndverkerstuene, Oslo.)
brianprentiss (702) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2010
I don’t really love scotch ales, but this was from Founders so I gave it a shot. Not bad. From bottle. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 On tap at Rustico in September 2009.
Pours a dark chestnut brown with a nice beige head and plenty of lacing as it goes down. The smell is quite enticing with overpowering roasted malts, toffee, caramel, a little bit of wood and vanilla, and a bit of brown sugar sweetness. The taste is all the same with the malts dominating. Medium-bodied and smooth, this one was very, very drinkable.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-05-2009 Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Bottle: Pour is dark brown with amber highlights - very modest off white head that retains fairly poorly, really. Nice sweet toffee, peat aroma on the nose. Unfortunately I keep thinking to myself ; why can’t this be backwoods bastard. (long gone from the shelves) - But let me continue; Medium bodied, fairly sweet - flavors are toffee and caramel malts, a hint of peat, a touch roastiness, finishing with a creamy feel in spite of the hop bitterness. It’s really an excellent beer. Unfortunately - it’s second tier. skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2010
12oz bottle. This is a nice style. Pours a deep copper color with a thin light tan head. Has a sweet malt aroma. Flavor is malty sweet with the bitterness to back it. A liitle dry but smooth. A medium to full body beer. A good beer. TheGB (578) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Pours a dark cloudy amber. Aroma of thick molasses and malt. Taste is medium bodied with complex malt and molasses.