Drake (13738) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2015 N0AH (32) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Part Scottish, part porter - the marriage of the two is seamless. The Scottish sensibilities of this beer are like leather patches sewn on the elbows of a tweed coat of porter. It works. The shallow aroma makes it seem as though this professor’s coat is more JCPenny than Orvis, but the taste pushes the overall impression to a comfortable place.
12 ounce bottle shared at a tasting. Clear dark brown, thin fizzy tan head, good retention. Aroma of candy strawberries and toffee. The taste is dark fruit and caramel. Thin bodied. beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Pours almost exactly like a glass of Coca Cola, including the fizzy head, with lots of fat carbonation bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. Very pleasant aroma of coffee with some supporting chocolate and roast. The flavor is malt with some caramel sweetness and some roast. The roast de-evolves into more of a wet cardboard flavor. Thin bodied and overly carbonated. Prickly on the palate. While there are elements I like, overall I’m not a fan. generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a very brief description of the beer but no abv%.
Appearance: From a slow pour I got a very tall and thick foam head over a very dark brown liquid. Its clarity appears good though is very dark and hard to see through. As I sip on this beer the head holds on very well and makes a little slick lacing on the glass.
Smell: The aroma is big and beautiful. It hit my nose right as I opened the bottle. It is full of malty and bready sweetness will notes off caramel, dark toast and faint earth hops in the distance.
Taste / Palate: As the aroma suggested it has loads of malty sweetness flowing over the tongue. It is bready and toasty as well as sweet and candy like. I get all the dark toast and caramel notes from the nose plus a light roasted almond like nutty taste. It’s palate feels smooth, a little slick but it’s light enough to keep from being cloying. JaBier (7973) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear chestnut brown pour with a thin beige head. Aroma of malt, roast and caramel with some nuts and chocolate. Malty and caramelly flavor with some roast and a bit of peat before a bitter, roasty finish. mtdewa1 (441) - rome, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle. Smooth start and finish. Malty, roasted barley. Touch of chocolate. Thin mouthful, simple. Eady to drink porter. Ok at best.
Perdue46 (68) - USA - AUG 29, 2012
had this beer in the summer of 2012. dark bet with a chocolate finish some carbonation. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Poured into a pint glass.
3.5 A: Clear deep amber color. One and a half fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.
3.5 S: Roasty and grainy with a pleasant caramel sweetness. Perhaps a touch of chocolate. Simple, but quite enjoyable.
3.5 T: The label claims that this is a Scotch ale/porter hybrid and that’s about right. While the nose smelled like a straight up porter, the taste has aspects of both. Roasty and grainy with a peaty earthiness. Good bit of caramel, but not a whole lot of sweetness. Decent enough flavors and plenty of power to make this a tasty brew.
3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not very creamy, but there is some weight to this and it’s almost as good.
3.5 D: Easy drinking, but nothing special.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-01-2012 04:38:33
drowland (8730) - Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2012
7/8/12. 12oz bottle thanks to Robert! Nice brown pour with reds on the edges under a thick khaki head. Funky yeasty aroma with touches of sourness, chocolate, and alcohol. Slightly sweet entry with some smokey aspects and some sourness going on. Eh. MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Poured from 12 oz. bottle.
Opaque, very deep brown with minimal head, but excellent lacing.
Aroma roasted malt, spice, brown sugar, bittersweet cocoa, dark fruits and yeast.
Taste is a complex bittersweet mix of smoky roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, pepper, brown sugar, strong espresso and bitter cocoa.
Medium/light body and high carbonation, but a very pleasant mouthfeel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2011
cask, dark brown/black pour, Roasted malts, light peat/smoke fill aroma & flavor. One of the better middle Ages offerings Ive had. Medium to lighter bodied. Nice porter