fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Dark reddish brown color. Medium-bodied. Dates, figs, raisins, molasses, brown sugar. Yeasty, doughy. MOboy (504) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 24, 2002
too young. Seems rather light and unorganized. Left me feeling somewhat empty in the end. I have another bottle for the cellar. I'll re-rate in 2005 pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Big head that quickly dissapates. Lots of malt, spicey aroma. Alcohol not noticeable. Good drinkin', but better to stay with Nice Chouffe or Stoudt's Scotch Ale jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - OCT 10, 2007
Garrafa, 750 ml. Coloração preta avermelhada, turva, com um creme bege consistente e persistente. Floral e frutada. Notas de frutas vermelhas, leves, e de fermento. Presença de sedimentos. Carbonatação alta. Final relativamente seco e levemente amargo. Não tão complexa. Sabor não tão longo. joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Best before 2009
McChouffe pours a crimson red with glowing ruby highlights when held to the light. This beer is surprisingly clear but it has been sitting in the fridge for awhile now so I’m sure the yeast has dropped. A one finger ecru head formed on a rather aggressive pour and faded to a skimming pretty quickly.
Interesting aromas come from this beer. Reminiscent of a scotch ale, of course I guess that’s where the name came from. Big dark bread doughy malts along the lines of pumpernickle with that nice spiciness. It’s hard to pull things out because the aroma isn’t all that pronounced. After a quick swirl I do pick up a lactic quality of cream and a touch of peat. A little spicy yeastiness fades in and out in the background.
The flavor is more along the lines of a Belgian than the nose would suggest. Doughy malts are the base for this brew. On top of this dominant base I get hints of powdery and spicy yeast. Spicy warm alcohol and a hint of copper on the finish. The flavors just don’t seem to be enough.
Medium bodied with an incredibly airy smooth feel on as it hits the tongue. Goes down smooth.
Good flavor although a little weak helps this one go down pretty easy.
This would be an excellent brew if the flavors were a little more bold. Mcchouffe is a hybrid Scotch/Abbey ale but the flavors are much weaker than what I’d expect from either of those styles.
cmc619 (501) - California, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle foamed over when I opened it. Maybe because it was in my backpack for a bit. Poured into slim goblet style glass. Nice seafoam-esque head. Superb, intricate lacing. Aroma is red wine--I might actually mistake it blind--like a very spicy and hot cabernet. Some dark fruits and a lot of alcohol. Perfect serving temperature--probably high 40s to low 50s F. Flavor is rich, sweet, thick, dark fruits, with a matching mouthfeel--yet somehow, the palate stays light and bouncy. A touch of bitter at the finish, but more alcohol heat. Finish is long, wet, and flavorful. This is a beer for kings. Just fantastic. gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2009
Pours dark mahogany, dissapearing foamy dirty white head. Aroma is malty, yeasty and sweet, a little alcoholic. Taste is quite unexcpected, a blend of belgian yeast, malt and sugar, plums and prunes, with a malty oaty british ale background. There’s something in here that remind me of a commercial bitter like John Smiths but I’m not sure what. All in all quite tasty and unusual. Finishes quite carbonated and sweet. Dragonfly1 (500) - Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Chef Paul’s. 11.2 oz bottle. Muddy brown pour and a good creamy head that lasted the entire bottle. Very smooth- reminded me of a Maredsous 8 but with so much more charachter and flavor. Slight touch of peat / smoke with the scotch malts. Enjoyable. mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2008
bottle. 1 helluva huge tan frothy head (good portion lasted throughout) into dark brown body. decent lacing. aromas of moderate fruit, honey, toffee, a light touch of alcohol. a touch of spices, and a good dose of malts. flavor is moderately sweet and bitter throughout with sweet disapating some in finish. moderate finish duration. watery texture. overall good scotch ale. ST247 (494) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 3, 2014
Pours dark brown with beige head. Sweet aroma and taste. Not much aftertaste.