Billicus (291) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2012
color, beautiful amber hue, slight white head
aroma, wow, smoke malts, from peat, strong malty esters, basemant type funkious
taste, blew me away, strong hearty malt on the front smooth smokey peat finish
overall, straight winner in my book better thgen San Adams Wee heavy, but of course cant top my love Scotch Ale by Sam Adams, but close real close!!! vodka4blood (152) - Miltonboro, Vermont, USA - JUN 28, 2012
Let me just start by saying (gushing?) that this is an amazing beer, and a wonderful American specimen of the Scottish Wee Heavy style ("Scotch" beer always makes me think there might be a wee bit of whiskey in it). Not sure why others below me have rated it so low thus far, but I will echo the sentiment that I am excited to try one after its spent a year or 2 in my cellar....
Thank you, Harpoon Brewery!! bodhraneoir (6) - - SEP 24, 2012 does not count
I should have put on my kilt for this. Heavy duty beer. What I need is to light up my pipe, take it outside, and get inspired. ganache (6033) - New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2014
Bottle marked 2012 -- something from the back room? Or just now hitting shelves or the first time? Nose is sweet with cola-like caramel, brown sugar, light peaty smoke, and lovely layered malt (some grapes, earth, near spice, dense complexity). Pours dark, cloudy amber leaning toward brown, with a sudsy beige head. Taste is sugary sweet without cloying, low but steady bitterness, low butterscotch, very light alcohol fumes (WOW 10.2? abv?!), vanilla, very faint esters, earth, fullish body with light stone fruit and lighter carbonation. Good secondary malt development, lightly toasted, peppery and spicy behind the great wall of smoothness, and very gentle smoke. No error to call this vinous, or perhaps better put, more like porto, only without any oxidation. This is essentially the ale form of a great Doppelbock, and a malt bomb, only with more booze (and hiding it better). Glad to see this has held up so well, whenever it’s from! BubbaMac (6) - Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2012 does not count
Heavy fruity flavor. It makes a good first impression. really does not taste like a Scottish Ale. There is a sweet banana thing going on. The taste seems artificially sweet. I am enjoying this but it is overly fruity.
jimhilt (2621) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Nice crystal clear, deep amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Malty dark fruit nose and flavor is malty caramel, dark fruit and hints of alcohol. Decent Scotch ale. $3.60 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT. bagalagalaga (161) - Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Very earthy flavor, definitely a good example of a heavy duty Scotch Ale. Take this one really slow. Travlr (25854) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Draft. Clear golden amber color, massive cream colored head, solid lacing. Aroma of caramel and subtle black pepper. Taste is smooth spiced caramel. Not bad. thornecb (6022) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 15, 2012
Pours deep, clear mahogany into a thistle. Vanilla head with medium retention recedes to nothing leaving spot lacing. Caramel aromas. Sweet vanilla and toffee upfront turning to hot maple syrup in the lasting burn finish. jcwattsrugger (12517) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2012
12 oz bottle-pours copper with a tan head. Aroma is medium malt-roasty/caramel/molasses, some citrus? Taste is sweet medium malt-roasty/caramel/molasses, syrupy, some citrus/spice hops. Better at cellar temp.