marcus (9824) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 23, 2017
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Corti Brothers. Pours dark brown with a thick beige head and a fruity smoky aroma. There is a medium-bodied smoked malt flavor with a dry slightly bitter finish.
ajnepple (6015) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2017
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Fire on the Mountain - Denver. Reddish brown and clear in appearance with a white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, toasted grain and mild hops. Similar flavor, adding moderate hop bitterness and mild malt sweetness. Medium to full body with a balanced finish. I wouldn’t have guess Scotch Ale in a blind test, but this drinks pretty smooth overall.
slowrunner77 (11258) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 21, 2017
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice hoppy and sweet Barleywine that looks smells and tastes nothing remotely like any "scotch ale" I’ve ever had. I liked it. It completely missed the mark style wise. No smoke at all. Way too hoppy. Got the sweetness down. WTF?!
Drake (13257) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2017
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from Woodman’s Appleton. Clear dark amber, large foamy off-white head, good retention. Aroma of smoke, toffee, caramel, cherry like fruits. Taste is toffee, smoke, cherries, an almost woody note. Medium bodied, mild booze.
JPDIPSO (6042) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAR 20, 2017
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper color with a tall, lasting, beige head. Toasted malts, mild peat, darker fruits and hints of alcohol. Smooth feel. Sweeter start, with fruit and mild licorice. A bit resinous. Really nice malt return in the finish.
jefcon (1735) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2017
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mellow, orange hop aroma, nice and malty. LIght palate, some brown sugar, some sweet cereal or milk chocolate, and a cheese rind bitterness that balances the beer nicely.
notalush (5816) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2017
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - pours a dark amber with a fairly thick lace - scotch ale? - eh, maybe a scotch ale-esque American strong - nose of caramelized sugars, light peat, pronounced hoppiness - flavor is equal parts sticky caramelized malts and drier, more biscuity malts - vague touches of the earthy, peaty maltiness you’d expect - strong American hop profile (flavor and bitterness) finishes - prettt much everything this brewery makes can be described as a "generic American ale," and this is no different - they do make a good "generic American ale," though - just not a true scotch ale - consider my rating as a rating of overall quality, knocked down a bit because of what the beer is "supposed to be."
Thisis12ptfont (1143) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAR 17, 2017
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas of slight peat, caramel, nougat and biscuit malt. Pours a dark crimson with lively white head. Taste brings carbonated dark fruits, rich malts, toffee, caramelized sugars, sweet bready malts, slight molasses and oats. Finishes sweet and bready with noticeable peat. Overall, pretty basic but enjoyable.
superspak (5209) - Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2017
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/24/2017. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, raisin, plum, berry, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted brown bread; with lighter notes of smoke, toffee, roast, nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready/light roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, raisin, plum, berry, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted brown bread; with lighter notes of smoke, toffee, roast, nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light pine/herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, raisin, plum, berry, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted brown bread; with light nuttiness, smoke, pepper, pine, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready/light roasted malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from lingering bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Mildly warming alcohol for 9.5%. Overall this is a very nice hoppy scotch ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready/light roasted malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the big ABV. Definitely hoppy for the style, but not too bitter or drying; with nice balance of the yeast and malty flavors. Never overly sweet, all around really well balanced. A unique, but very enjoyable offering.
italianjohn (3029) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2017
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown pour with a thin off white soapy head and light sticky lacing .... aroma of roasted malts, citrusy hops and caramel malts .... taste is the same roasted malts, caramel malts, citrusy hops notes of grapefruit and orange .... has a caramel and toasted malt backbone ..... has a malty finish with light bittering hops .... medium body ..... aroma outweighs the taste .... good thing it’s a one hitter