davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 25, 2016
Very nice scotch ale. Malty with balance, alcohol not noticeable. Nutty flavours dominate. 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%). bnoel09 (587) - 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. hayduke (5204) - 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 (7356) - 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!
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 1, 2012
Brilliant red sunset color with beige foam. Fig, date, dark raison, nutty aromas. Smooth medium body. Rich, lightly sweet n spicy dark raison, date, earthy molasses flavors with a mild, nutty dark bread--very tasty. wlajwl (6806) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Aroma is heavy raisins, mildly nutty malts and fruit. The flavor is raisins, medium sweetness and a malty finish. Reminded me of a Scottish Ale with more alcohol, in between Scottish and Scotch ales. jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2013
12oz bottle from Bytemesis, Really enjoyed this one, some definitely malty sweetness, a touch of smoke, a touch of dark fruit.. lingering head full body.. not chewy but solid.. no ABV noticeable. sweetness. tightslice (1309) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 24, 2014
Bottle from Whole Foods in Redwood City, Ca. Malted dark fruits with some warming burn and chalky sweet banana. PorterPounder (7965) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2015
Ft Lauderdale, Fl. - Total Wines - 12 oz bottle. Deep, dark brown pour, quickly fading khaki colored head, Aroma has some peat, cherry, some nuttiness. Delectable flavor with some nice toffee accents, a hint of chocolate, some earthy peat notes in the back end. Thick, smooth mouthfeel. Will keep my eye out for this brewer when I head to San Jose next week.