doublebock (558) - California, USA - MAR 15, 2011
Pours translucent amber color with thin layer of foam. Malty caramel aroma. Sweet chewy malty flavors of cotton candy and burnt caramel. It also has as a very subtle peaty smokiness. Very easy drinking due to its relatively light body (for a beer that’s 9%). bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 18, 2011
22 oz from bevmo poured redish brown with a thin off whit ehead. big carmel and bread aroma. the flavor is what one would expect with a name like "maltopia" big bready malt, bits of carmel and burnt toffee. the finish is slightly acdic and thin as well as sticky.
Although not completly undrinkable if you like over sweet things, not that great as a scotch and pretty much a DP for me right now Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Bomber. Pours clear maroon with a thin tan head. The nose is caramel, toffee and candied fruit. The taste is dark fruit, burnt caramel and light hops in the finish. Medium bodied. Not that good. Rosebud butternuts (2408) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2011
bottle thanks to bhensonb. poured an attractive copper/mahogany with an off white head. aroma was caramel, orange, and peat. flavor was orange, peat, citrus, and maybe just a touch of brown sugar. body was medium with low-medium carbonation. a solid brew overall. DYCSoccer17 (3708) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 28, 2011
22 ounce bottle purchased at BevMo in Vacaville, CA. The aroma on this is of anise, burnt rubber, and some lightly sweet, peated notes. I definitely get a good deal of fruity,estery hints as well. Not overly pleasant. Transparent ruby-amber body with a smallish off-yellow head. Starts astringent, tart, light acidic. A doughy, pretzel-like maltiness comes through in the middle. Moderate sweetness towards the end, a little toasty, too. Thin, overly carbonated, and just disappointing.
hayduke (5634) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 25, 2011
This was a 22 oz bottle shared on a Facebook chat with Strykzone. It poured a vary clear mahogany color with a nice robust tan head that had good retention and left good lacing rings. The nose was very malty. Body was rich and solid, with a very smooth mouthfeel. Easy on the palate. Complex flavors with interesting nuances of chocolate, peat, molasses, and smoke. Finish is malty as befits its name. The alcohol is well hidden. This was a very easy to drink and frankly just delicious beer. I really enjoyed this one. Strykzone (7624) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2011
22 oz bottle via Hayduke. Shared on a Facebook chat. Pour was an attractive clear mahogany with a light tan head that didn’t last long. The aroma was, as expected, malt but with some molasses. Feel was substantial and somewhat fizzy. Flavor was really interesting. At first there would seem to be little to taste but then flavors began to roll over the tongue. They included chocolate, mint, molasses, cream, and some funk. This is the kind of beer that makes me love craft beer. It was tasty and was very challenging to identify the flavors it offered. I liked it! bnoel09 (588) - Elk Grove, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Poured into an English pint glass. Medium mahogany color with a slightly cloudy appearance and a tan head that quickly fades. Aroma is all malts as you might imagine: Hints of caramel, bread, toffee, etc. Flavor is also all malt starting with sweet caramel, transitioning to more bready and toasty notes through the middle, and finishing with more of a smoky flavor and light bitterness. Smooth texture and good carbonation level. I am not very familiar with Scotch Ales, but from what I have read of the style this seems to fit well. Overall this is a good beer that has a unique flavor compared to what I am used to. The smokiness sets this apart from most other beers I drink, but it makes for an interesting change of pace.
Final Note: This 22oz. bottle says 9% A.B.V., not 8% like the title information says. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Bottle; pretty lame name and packaging but got it on sale at bevmo. Poured a listless dark caramel color. Aroma of caramel, sweet malt, smoke and alcohol. A bit better than expected. Flavor had a lot of smoked malt, with alot of sweetness, caramel and fruit. Some earthiness in the finish, and a touch of alcohol. Surprisingly decent. DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 7, 2011
01-Dec-10 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 16-Nov-10 for $3.49 from BevMo in Solana Beach, CA) The bottle is filled to within a quarter-inch of the crown, and that’s when the beer is cold. As such, when the crown is lifted, it happens silently. The pour is pretty lifeless, only a thin sheen of off-white bubbles covers the clear, amber-red body, and this dissipates rapidly. Aromas of sweet, smoky malts and mild fruitiness in the nose lead into a beer that tastes very sweet, with flavors of caramel, brown sugar, dried fruits, and a hint of smoke and ashtray in the finish. Full bodied on the palate, heavy from the sugary sweetness, somewhat cloying, but rescued in part by the modest tartness. Carbonation is light, bordering on being flat, which doesn’t help the cloying tendency any. Overall, this isn’t a terrible beer, but it is sugary sweet instead of richly malty, and the general flavor isn’t enjoyable; half a glass and I’m pretty much ready to move onto a different beer. Considering how much I love malty beers, this one is a disappointment.