hopscotch (11451) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2014 Bottle... This beer rocks!… Pours cloudy and dark brown with a small, creamy, khaki head. Decent retention. The aroma is a collection of bourbon, caramel, toasted malts and plums. Medium-bodied with gentle carbonation. Caramely-chocolaty-meaty-malty flavor that also offers mild acidity drawn from the plum skins. Finishes sweet, caramely and lightly tart. Big-time THANKS to a big-time friend, darkguardian, for sharing this unique, world class Scotch ale! b3shine (9281) - Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Bomber to snifter (thanks DrSilverworm). Bottle indicates the abv of this batch is 9.5%. Looks good; a murky brown with thin off-white lacing. Smells solid; peat, bourbon, and malt. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Enjoyable. bytemesis (9516) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle - thanks Jmikolich! Pours clear ruby black with a small tan head that dissipates with good lacing. Aroma is bourbon, smoke, molasses, caramel, wood. Flavor is about the same, medium sweet, very little bitterness. Bourbon present but not overpowering. Some woody astringence. Peaty finish and aftertaste. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. jkwalking05 (4745) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Tasted in 2010 (backlog). Numbered 9/72. Dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is heavy in bourbon, wood, vanilla and caramel. Taste is of roasted malts, caramel, bourbon, oak, toffee and vanilla. lots of oak in the finish. MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2013
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Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Black grapes take on vinous angles, as caramelized notes are levelled out by mild acidity.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam covers the clear burgundy.
-The mouthfeel is leaner than the average Scotch Ale’s.
-Drinkability is higher than most of the heavy hitters in this category, mostly because of the light acidity.
-The flavor profile is bold yet elegant.
-This is quite pleasant, but the malt flavors aren’t nearly as well developed as Alesmith’s Wee Heavy (barrel-aged or not) and Cigar City’s Big Sound (barrel-aged version).
This is thoroughly good sweet dark fruit chocolate malt caramel all the things that you want JStax (7318) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Poured on draft. Pours a darker brown with no head. The aroma has lots of bourbon with some smoky, peaty notes. Taste is earthy, smoky sweetness with lots of booze. Hefty.Huhzubendah (3775) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Earlier Rating: 4/3/2011 Total Score: 3.2
On tap into a sampler glass. Dark brown appearance with a beige head. Aroma is lots of coffee. Had I not known better, I would say this beer was a stout. Taste is dark roasted coffee, bitter and a bit harsh. Not necessarily something I would want very much of, but it is a nice sipper.
Thanks to Brad for sharing this at his tasting on Saturday!
This beer pours a thin looking brown, with virtually no head or lace whatsoever. Pleasant aromas of sweet malt, with oak, wine, and bourbon. The taste is completely dominated by wood. The barrel taste really overpowers the tannin, bourbon, and any other flavors trying to emerge. There is an unexpected slight sourness, though not necessarily in a bad way. The mouthfeel is just too thin. Unfortunately, this aspect of the beer really affects the overall score in almost every category. This was a really cool beer, but just not quite what it could be. Perhaps subsequent batches will build on this and improve. madmitch76 (26456) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2012
20th March 2010phaleslu (10907) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Cloudy dark red brown beer. No head. Dry palate. A distinct milky cream note before a dry sourness kicks in along with herbal bitterness. A little coca cola. Finishes dry and slightly bitter with some of the milkyness coming back. Okay but a bit off the wall and not this particular example not my cup of tea.
22 oz. bottle via trade. Bottled 11/16/2009. Bottle 27/72. Pours a hazy amber-brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma of vanilla, brown sugar, chocolate, nuts, toast, wood, earth, and peat. The earthy, peaty notes show up late in the aroma, but right away in the flavor, which has some charred wood, dark fruits, brown sugar, and toasted caramel. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet, peaty mouthfeel. I think this is a year or so past its prime but it still works.