ComradeK (1236) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2016 Ayumbomb (63) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"Cauldron of the gods"- I don’t know if it stood up to such a name as that, but it was quite the scotch-ale nonetheless. Living in Asheville, I have been awaiting this beer’s arrival on the market and have found myself pleased with its glorious high gravity entry into the almighty beer corpus. Praise the gods!
Draught at Churchkey, Washington DC. Pours a deep ruby, with a small light tan head, which lasts well and leaves decent lacing. Savoury, meaty notes, light herbal and grassy hops and sweeter syrupy notes make up the aroma. Light grassy hops give way to toffee and mocha. Meaty, savoury notes lead into the finish, which is smooth and satisfying. A very pleasant beer indeed. rollinsr (772) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - MAY 30, 2016
Pours hazy brown with a minimal ring of head. Aroma is dark and fruity with toffee character. Very rich and sweet with prune flavored predominating. Crisp but buttery on the palate.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone crajun (1250) - , Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2013
wow very nice brew need to bump up this style in rankings aroma is sweetness caramel and brown sugar and spices? color is yahoo + sewage - not appealing. Taste is well balanced; not too sweet; there are spices in this beer!! med. thick palate. very nice beer would like to have again; will seek out other scotch ales!! zizzybalubba (1873) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2012
22 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Muddy brown pour with a thin khaki head. Aroma of sweet malts, brown sugar, and light floral hops. The flavor beautifully blends chocolate, graham cracker, and floral hops in just the right combination that is neither too sweet nor too hoppy. Slight alcohol warming. Wonderfully done and an excellent take on this style of beer. Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2012
Originally reviewed: 10/31/09. Pretty excited to see a few bottles of this hit some local stores recently. This seems to be one of the more elusive offerings from Highland.
Poured into my pint glass. Pours a very dark tawny brown with a thick tan head on top. Retains fairly well and it leaves plenty of sticky lace in its wake. Smells of caramel, candy, and some dark fruits.
There’s a good amount of body to this. It borders on the heavy side. Carbonation level is moderate. Flavors of toffee, plum, pumpernickel bread, and has a pleasant mild bitterness from the hops. This is very much a malt-forward beer and I like it. Recommend.
beernbourbon (1592) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Bottle shared at STL RB gathering. Pour is dark brown with a small white head. Aroma and flavor are loaded with burnt brown sugar, faint toffee malt, and a touch of coffee. May be a bit oxidized as well. Certainly solid, but nothing too crazy here. phaleslu (10324) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2012
22 oz. bottle via trade. Pours a cloudy brown-amber color with a medium beige head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, peat, mixed fruits, and just a hint of cardboard. Flavor of sweet and toasted malts, peat, earth, and some more mixed fruits. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a toasty mouthfeel. I probably sat on this just a little too long, but this is a very good Scotch ale. jandd1983 (4377) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Sampled at the StL RB gathering. It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of grapes and peat with mild molasses and mocha. The taste was of smokey raisin, with some prunes and tobacco. seymour (2057) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Tasted from tall bottle at 2nd STL Ratebeer Gathering. Poured a nice clear copper color with full off-white foam, somewhat lasting with lace. Aromas of malt, caramelized brown sugar, flowery and citrusy aroma hops, some fruity ale yeast esters, perhaps even a little peat smoke. Excellent bittersweet flavor balance. Medium body, bready, well-rounded mouthfeel, lingering tangy aftertaste. Well-crafted, above average Scotch ale. jw0406 (1284) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2012
750 ml almost black/brown color with an off white head. Aromas of dark malt, chocolate, and hops in the background. Nicely balanced beer leaning towards malt.