JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2012 BeerBabe13 (4) - Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my all time favorites beers. I really started to learn to love dark beer due to the 2012. It has a lot of rich flavor to it that lasted in your mouth long after the beer was gone.
Dark reddish brown pour with an off white head. Caramel malts with some bread and a little dark fruit. The level of peat is good, not overwhelming and it is plenty sweet and malty as a whole. Like this version much better than 2011. FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2012
Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson; January 2012daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Arrives from the tap with a fat-one-finger thick, deep amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a brilliant, perfect amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, red-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells sweetish with a caramel and malt character up front, but this is quickly followed by a berry like fruitiness that lightly accents things. There also seems to be a touch of herbal hop character here in the nose but only just a touch.
Quite sweet tasting, which is definitely expected, but there is also an ample fruity quality to this beer. The fruit flavors are quite noticeable, quite distinct and a bit unexpected; flavors of cherries, fake berry flavor and perhaps even a hint of cough syrup are noticeable (though this last stays away from the medicinal side of things). The beer finishes with a lightly biting, carbonic character, perhaps a touch of hop bitterness (though only just) and a slightly phenolic, sort of higher alcohol like note. As the beer warms up it gets a touch more medicinal and with more noticeable alcohol; it isn’t really hot though, just sort of sharp. The sweetness really accentuates the fruitiness, most of this is from the caramel and malt character, which is only lightly noticeable compared to the fruitiness. This has a nice, medium and viscous body to it though; it is rich without really being heavy.
This isn’t quite as clean as one might expect from a strictly stylistic standpoint; the ample fruitiness and touches of esters in the finish certainly adds to the “complexity”, but I am missing the rich, dense, chewy, malt character that I would expect in a beer labeled as a Scotch Ale. In the end this is a bit weird from what I was expecting, it is not a bad beer, just seems to miss the mark, in my mind, for what a scotch ale should be; but this is really my own stylistic hangup as this could almost pass for a rich, Belgian’ish type beer.
Reddish pour, off white head. Tap at Trophies. Sweet caramel up front, biscuit, bread. Flavors are sweet, malty, alcohol warmth at the end. Badass!