joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2011
dark brown and viscous with no discernable head. nose of medium crystal malt with touches of smoke and a lot of english/scottish ale esters. little bitterness before medium crystal malt and some roasted component. the alcohol becomes more evident as the beer warms providing depth, but some astringency as well. not a lot of depth or lingering flavor in this one, especially for the abv, it ends up tasting a lot like a smaller beer, but that is impressive in regard of fermentation characteristics. overall an above average version of an underproduced style Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2011
On tap at Papago. Pours deep brown with a thin off-white head. The nose is roasted caramel malt, fruit, sweet brown bread. The taste is sweet malts, caramel, toffee and more fruits. Medium mouthfeel. Too sweet for my tastes. mixmasterob (1057) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Bottle from CBX. Dark brown, burnt amber pour with a small white head. Faded quick. Aroma was rich caramel malts, some peat malt, and light smoke. Very nice. Flavors were also rich, good bit of caramel and light peat. Seems very authentic to me. Mouthfeel was full, carbonation medium to soft. Great scotch. beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Pours a lovely red and brown color. Very malty with a secondary hit of alcohol. Strong but light as well. A very woodsy, strong grain taste really lingers. danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Served from a 12 oz bottle from OTM. The appearance is a deep copper hue with a small light tan head. The aromas are a bit fruity. Some apple cider thing in there without much of a malt nose. The flavors are some caramelized malts, light amount of smoke, alcohol. As it warms the flavors are a bit more creamy caramel and a much better drink. The mouth is a touch hot, pretty full bodied. At first I wasn’t digging this brew but after it warmed a bit it was much better.
StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2011
12 oz bottle from bev4less. Pours a translucent red-brown color with a small off white head that soon fades to a fine ring. The aroma is weak with indistinct malts and some toffee. The flavor is malts forward with hazelnuts, pretzels and a small dose of hot alcohol. The palate is silky smooth with lively carbonation. Finishes medium in duration and dry. Overall: Not bad, but not real inspired either--tastes like a compromise. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 25, 2011
On tap; pour a dark auburn color. Aroma of caramel, fruit, roasted malt and earth. Moderately sweet, earthy, roasted, peat and caramel-fruit. Solid Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2011
A beautiful beer, clear very dark redish amber. Thick, sweet maltiness to start, smooth throughout with a nice touch of alcohol at the end. A damn good beer. hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Poured from a 12oz bottle. Pours dark copper/brown. Aroma is smoked peat and some toffee. Taste is toffee, caramel and smoked peat. This is missing some sweetness that I usually enjoy in a scotch ale. Not a bad effort. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Nose of toasted malts, toffee, light peat, light fruits(apple, pear, apricot). Malty but not over the top. I actually enjoyed the aroma. Pours hazy darker copper/amber, thin head, light lace. The flavor is malty with toasted malts, toffee, apple, caramel, earth, a hint of peat and mild bitterness. Full smooth body with some residual sweetness hanging around. I liked it.