firkinreverie (1) - Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2011 does not count
Bottle pour into globe glass. Bottle from refrigerated section at local store.
The beer pours with an almost garnet color and a thin white head that doesn’t last long. Very low carbonation, as expected from a scotch ale, makes for a smooth drinking beer that goes down fast at 8.5%. While cold in the glass the beer has a mostly malt aroma with a hint of alcohol but as the beer warms it smells almost entirely of alcohol. The beer has a slight scotch character and a very dry finish due in part to the hop bite, but nothing special. The beer was undoubtedly swayed towards the sweet with only 50 IBU. I love scotch ales but this one missed with the overwhelming alcohol and cloyingly sweet notes. Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - APR 5, 2011
Bottle thanks to Phaleslu. Pours muddy amber brown, creamy tan head. Aroma of toffee, citrus, roasty malt, molasses, raisin, earthy things in general. Taste is much the same, lots of roast malt, nut, dark fruit, some citrus, some bitter chocolate/coffee finish. Lots of flavor. Medium thick texture, soft carbonation. Alcohol is mildly noticeable. Foxbush (2142) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2014 This was purchased at Whole Foods for tasting. The ale poured a deep reddish brown and not much of a head. The ale was a surprise. It had an unexpected taste of malts and some bitterness. The higher alcohol was well balanced and contributed to this ale being worth trying again. Another gift in December 2014. The ale has medium body with soft carbonation. The ale ended with a malty sweet finish. strap (981) - Sindelfingen, GERMANY - MAR 31, 2011
deep mahogany pour with little head. brown sugar aroma. bold taste, dark fruit, brown sugar or caramel...maybe some biscuits. powerfully malty. strong alcohol warming feel. very good...my favorite so far of this style. chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
12oz bottle poured into my De Struise glass... As it pours into the glass it looks like a bright copper, but this settles a deep mahogany. A light tan head rises a few fingers at first then settles to full finger cap. I’m skeptical of this retention as the head looks very watery and light, not full enough for me. Very light lacing... The aroma is really too light, toffee on the front mostly, some light scotch notes on the back, not much going on. As it warms lots of peat comes through. Actually, this needs to warm quite bit out the fridge, really starts to open up and is very pleasant...The taste is a bit of let down for me. There is a scotch backbone that really dominates, too spirit like. Very chewy. Malt characters is gone.
This is so-so, get if you’re a scotch ale fan, but I’d pass in the future.
jandd1983 (4690) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Sampler at the pub. It poured a reddish brown and had a white head. The aroma was malty and a bit smoky. The taste was malty, chocolatey, some grass and a little bittereness. A decent Scotch Ale. jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2011
This is good. Had this on tap at the public house in peoria. Sweet and tasty. I think I like alittle more Smokey malts. Slight bourbonisque thing going on. cubs (10742) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle @ Flying Saucer. Dark brown appearance with a creamy tan head. Nice caramel Scottish malty nose. Very sweet malty caramel malty beer. Very sweet flavor with bit of nuttiness. Strong alcoholic and sugary finish. GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2011
A rich copper pour with little head. It started off sweet with a nice smokey finish. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2011
A - Pours a slightly clear ruby-amber color with about a finger of off-white head. The head fairly quickly reduces to a nice ring with some nice lacing.
S - The aroma is a very pungent sweet carmel malt. There are also some brown sugar and roasted elements also. There is also some booze in the nose.
T - Starts off with some deep dark fruit flavors and some of the malty carmel sweetness. Through the middle the carmel malt flavor gets a bit stronger and is joined by just a bit of hop flavor also. The finish is a mix of the carmel sweetness, the dark fruit flavors, and just a touch of booze, brown sugar, and bitterness that lingers. Nicely balanced.
M - Medium to heavy bodied with fairly low carbonation. Fairly think and almost creamy overall, but still smooth. Finish is just a tad dry and a tad syrupy.
D - Fairly drinkable. Very rich beer and a lot of flavors going on. Thankfully, the flavors are well balanced are work very well together. Not a beer to gulp down, and with the high abv (8.5 %) it is a very enjoyable beer at a bit of a slower pace.