kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Had on tap while visiting friends in Madison, and picked up a growler to bring home. Pours a dark ruby red witha thick light tan head that laces nicely. Potent malty aroma with some woody and smokey notes and some evident light hops. Slightly bitter with a dry roastiness to the body. Finishes bitter sweet. A very smooth rich beer. Quite good. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Clear dark amber with no head. The aroma is very faint with some raisins and toffee. The flavor is semi-sweet, caramel and a bit of pine. Medium body with a bitter end. Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2006
On tap at the Fitchburg Great Dane location. The bronze colored body had a very faint head and scents of roasted melts and cherries mingled with some light flowery tones. In the body there were cherry, caramel butter and oak flavors competing for my attention. Overall it was exceptionally creamy and smooth with a nice semi-sweet finish. At the very end I detected hints of bitterness to balance out the experience. Enjoyable and a great standy for those times when you can’t make up your mind. barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2006
on tap at the Madison location. pours a translucent golden brown with a short fast fading head. a rather mild scotch ale with some aroma and flavors of floral hops and caramel. palate was a bit thin to near medium bodied. very drinkable and enjoyable, a good session beer. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 On tap at the brewpub on 6/22/07:
Pours a transparent dark mahogany with a thin-lacing wispy off-white head. Aroma of sweet earthy caramel malt with lightly smoky peaty complexity. Body starts with a viscous sweet dark caramel maltiness with some light fruity esters and a full, yet smooth finish with lingering seaweed and smoke. A very nice Scotch ale.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2005
On tap at JPDIPSO’s: Pours a dark copper with a thin, wispy, off-white head. Aroma has some dry, peaty and caramel malty notes. Body starts with some mildly sweet caramel malt and dry peaty flavor with a thin palate and finishes with a touch of English hops. A pretty average Scotch ale.
On tap at Great Dane - Fitchburg. Pour was a clear ruby with a short beige head and some nice lacing. Crisp caramel, toasted nuts, and some flowery noble hoppage found the nose... very nice. Floral hops, butterscotch, and sweet caramel were there for the flavor... rather heavy malt backbone... and a hint of alcohol around the edges. Smooth on the palate, but a little tacky at the finish and the alcohol presence was a bit heavy at the end. Aroma and flavor both picked up some earth character as this warmed. Certainly enjoyable. jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2005
Very soft texture. Basic malt flavors. Mild hops. Had this candy -- hard caramel type candy - flavor, an almost gritty white chocolate flavor. The nice sot texture was a bonus. Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Sample at pub. Moderate sweet caramel aroma. Caramel and a roasty nut flavor. Smooth on palate. amberale1 (16) - Janesville, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2005
From the tap @ Great Dane in Madison. Dark, nutty brown in color. Medium body. Smooth feel and taste. Not that much of a meal as some other dark beers are. Very good beer. hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2005
From a 1 hour old growler. Toasted caramel with a smoky-nutty twist. Dark ruby-brown iwth a thin, off-white head. Sweet butterscotch and brown sugar flavor with toasted caramel. I like this one, but it can be a little too sweet. Medium-light body with a watery feel.