superspak (5497) - Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2013
750 ml bottle into snifter, best before 12/10/2012. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a nice 1 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, fig, apple, molasses, toast, leather, brown bread, tobacco, pepper, earth, light peat smoke, and herbal spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity, strength, and balance of malt and fruity notes. Taste of caramel, raisin, fig, apple, toast, brown sugar, leather, brown bread, tobacco, pepper, earth, light peat smoke, floral, and herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, brown sugar, toast, leather, tobacco, brown bread, earth, light peat smoke, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity flavors; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonaton and body; with a slick and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent scotch ale! Great complexity and balance of malt and fruity notes; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering. Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JAN 31, 2013
750ml bottle, cellar aged for about 1.5 years. Sweet, malty aroma, some dark brown sugar, faint smoke, peat, darkly toasted malt, seaweed/brine and burnt caramel. Dark amber in color, tea-like in appearance, with a very fine head. Dark brown sugar sweetness permeates the flavor profile, more peat/smoky aspects here, as well as some earthy, herbal tones and sweet, warming alcohol towards the finish. Rich and full on the palate, low in effervescence, body is very full. Nice! SudsMcDuff (8382) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Pours a deep tan brown .. mild foam, good lacing .. . blend of fruit and liquor .. . pretty good but too waffle iron .. . pretty good for a meantime though
.. . . remember if you get lost, you can always find East by staring directly at the sun. nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2013
The aroma is sweet and malty with caramel, paper, butter scotch and yeast. The appearance is amber with a small head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall not that great it’s ruined by the paper quality. I am not a fan. Palidor19 (3186) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2013
has a nice flavor of malts with a touch of caramel and vanilla. the palate is only medium but doesnt have a real kick even though its 8%. the beer is really fantastic
bbbeer (811) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 3, 2012
On tap. Deep slightly cloudy orange with medium small off-white head. Aroma malt, bread, brown sugar. Medium full body, hint of warming alcohol and light carbonation. Flavor is mostly malty and sweet but also with some raisins, molasses, a little hoppy bitter balance although really not that prominent so in the end slightly sticky. Still flavorful and enjoyable. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Clear red-brown with good, creamy, tan head / Sweet nose of raisins, other dark fruit, brown sugar, and wood / Full body, sweet, malty, and chewy, with fine hop balance and long, lightly bitter and ever so slightly hot finish / Rich flavors of brown sugar, fig, date, raisin, walnut, marshmallow, anise, and oak / One of the great scotch ales that I have had. obguthr (6295) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Sweet malt, cherries, walnuts on the nose, slightly boozy. Clear tea, medium yellow head. Sweet malt, walnut, dried leaves. Boozy, but not that big of a deal. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Poured into a snifter.
4.0 A: Clear, deep amber color. Two and a half fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is very good and a short ring of lacing if left.
4.0 S: Nice aroma on this. Peaty foremost followed by toasted malts, caramel, and toffee. Also a fairly strong cider component. Some dark fruits.
3.5 T: Tastes just like the nose. Peaty, big toastiness with caramel and toffee in the background. This is a lot drier than I was expecting, but it’s tasty nonetheless. Much less cidery than the nose suggested though.
3.5 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Creamy for how thin it is. Good, but I wish it was a bit thicker.
4.0 D: A couple categories were borderline, so I’ll bump this. Tasty, well crafted beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-16-2012 02:42:12 doublebock (558) - California, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Dark brown color with light beige head. Smells like a sour beer with oaky musty aroma. Creamy texture with tart yet malty flavor . Tastes more like a dark sour ale than a typical malty scotch ales. Quite a unique brew