TAR (2777) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2011
Draft at Mountain Sun: Chocolate garnet. Small, buoyant off-tan bubbles comprise a persistent head. Pleasant nose of toffee pudding, nougat, earthy hops, and roast. Mild accents of plum. Soft and compact carbonation. Soft malts yield a profusion of lush chocolate and dry cocoa. Roast produces a hint of chalkiness while the hops and esters fuse together and create a vibrant fruitiness. Smoke-hued roast imparts some chewiness and bolsters the body, as do fluffy notes of nougat. Appropriately subdued fruity esters gorgeously contrast with the relatively high attenuation. Dazzling balance of chalky roast and milk chocolate. Curious but lovely notes of coconut emerge to complement the dense and hefty melt. Finishes cookieish and dryly roasty, yet increasingly hoppy with shades of apricot swirled with a resonant earthy bitterness swirled with beautifully composed plummy esters. Pretty straightforward, but exquisitely malty and oh so quaffable at the same time. Good stuff from a seriously hit-and-miss brewery. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Pours a transparent dark amber mahogany with a thin ring of light tan head. Aroma of sweet dark caramel with a hint of peat and some earthy character. Body starts fairly full and caramel malty sweet with a drier earthy peat balance toward the finish. Pretty true to style and enjoyable. beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2007
On tap, downtown Boulder. Aroma of sweet caramel, soy, and roasted malts. Thin, watery mouthfeel loses a few points, despite nice creaminess. Bit of a smokey flavor, which is uncommon in a Scotch Ale. Also taste raisins, molasses, and plums. Finishes with a slight alcohol. hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2006
On tap at the Southern Sun Location. Poured a dark reddish / brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of light earth, chocolate, caramel, and roast. Light smoke in the tastes as well. Thinner body. BeerandBlues2 (13695) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Draught at brew pub. Pours dark nut brown with a foamy tan head and creamy spotty lacing. Aroma is malt (chocolate, caramel, cookie) and brown sugar, molasses notes, trace yeast. Chocolate slightly sour yeast (leather) flavor with a malt body and some faint hop character near the end. Medium bodied and fizzy, slightly creamy palate.
tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2005
Soy, lightly fruity, lightly smoky aroma. Opaque brown body with a decent, fine bubbled, tan-brown head that recedes slowly to ring with some lace. Sweet flavour is up front with plenty of fruity esters that are chased away by a moderate roasty bitterness that emerges mid palate and lasts through to the finish. Medium body is quite dry with moderately pointy, sharp carbonation. Sampled on tap at the brewpub with ClarkVV, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Sample #6 From the Boulder Pub. Tasted 10/1 GABF weekend. Little more of a brownish than reddish hue. Raisins and plums in the nose. Sugary, port and sherry along with residual sweetness and a burnt malt flavor. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2005
Purpleish brown pour, dark and covered by a light brown head. Absolutely unheard of mixture of smoke and fruits is the marking trait of this scotch ale. Donuty sweetness bathes into a sea of cask wood and peaty maltiness. At the same time, intense blueberry, date and plum procure a juicy, drinkability improving feature. Slick medium body of lasting and mellow carbonation, mild. If they had manage to control the frothy tartness, this would be extremely impressive. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Deep amber. Kind of weighty on the tongue, but fairly easy to drink, and not cloying. Sweet and malty with an element of earth and peat. Kind of sour, also. Not too exciting, but nicely balanced and pleasant to drink. Ernest (7786) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2002
Medium brown. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted light bread, caramel, milk chocolate, mild coffee), moderately hoppy (spruce), with light notes of bubble gum, cherry, smoke, toffee, and cola. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. Just a bit mild for this style, perhaps, but one of this brewery's best.