iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2009
12oz bottle, no date. Clear deep brown with a half finger tan head, fading to a ring before long. Smoked meat, leather, and tobacco up front in the aroma with some light toasted malts and chocholate behind. I also pick up on a tinge of something tangy, but could be from the leather and tobacco. The flavor adds a lightly roasty component, but otherwise mostly follows the aroma. The tobacco and leather are milder, as well as the smoke, but the smoke is only slightly lessened. Bitterness peaked around a 2. Light carbonation with a medium smooth body. Pretty good Scotch ale. Oh, and at 8 percent, I had no idea it was that strong until I lookeed at the stats. Headbanger (4009) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2009
22oz bottle-Poured a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, smoke, and sweetness. Taste of the same with some fruits coming through as well. This full bodied brew was not bad. lb4lb (2627) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Bottle in trade. Thanks! Pours dark brown to black with no head. Smell is roasty and malty. Taste is somewhat dry and smoky but with sweetness in there too. I’d say this is a well above average Scotch ale, but I still don’t care much for it. FlyingSwine (174) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Pours a decent, slightly cloudy brown, with a frothy head. Aroma is dominated by smokey malts. Flavor is pretty similar, although I found the smoke to be a bit much for my tongue. I didn’t pick up any (or much) of the black cherry or raisin in their commercial description. Palate was medium bodied. Overall it was a nice beer to try, but I probably won’t be going back to the well. arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2009
I took a trip up to Evergeen to buy some vintage beers and found this. I’d read previous reviews and $10.49 a sixer didn’t seem too bad for a strong scotch ale. I have also been trying to taste more examples of this style since I really like Old Chub and Alesmith Wee Heavy. This beer has an instant malty, subtle smoke smell that is nice. The color is super-black with an off-white ring of bubbles running around the circumference of the glass. Whoah, the taste starts out as smoky malts and turns into band-aids and then meat. That may sound bad but if you like smoky, peaty beers this is definitely one of them and it gets better as it warms. This is a good beer to split into two snifters to increase drinkability, 12oz is too much.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-12-2008 01:43:25
sudsmeister (78) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2009
This beer was a disappointment. With "Bastard" as part of the name, I had my hopes up. However, this beer was flat. No head to speak of; no carbonation. Sort of like drinking a beer that you had taken the cap off of yesterday and put it back in the fridge. Won’t be buying this again. jkwalking05 (4743) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Dark brown with a small head. Aroma is of cocoa and medicine...like Benydryll spray. Flavor is of burnt toast, chocolate and roasted malts.Low..almost no carbonation. ilherps (248) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Very smokey, with a hint of scotch! It was very smooth and creamy. Some flavors of malt sweetness tried to get through but they were light. Tasted a bit like a burnt hot dog cooked over a fire, with ashes on it. I can see this would not be for everyone, but I found it quite enjoyable. aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Draft at the brewpub in Grand Lake. Pours a deep dark brown with reddish hues, mahogany I suppose. Decent tan head. Aromas of dark roast, caramel, and smoke. Flavors of roasted malts, smoke, with anice balance of sweetness and bitterness. Palate is smooth and perfectly carbonated. drjay44 (3768) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2009
22 oz. bottle. pours a thinnish head, with minimal lacing over dark brown body....nose of slight smoke, with molasses....tastes of smoky malts with minimal hop bitterness on the finish, dry overall....rather light mouth feel, and overall too thin and uncomplicated for a Scotch Ale, and lacking malty sweetness.