Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
bottle thanks to exiled. poured amber with an off white head. aroma was sugary, cherry, caramel, and grain. flavor was medicinal, spice, alcohol, and sweet. heavy body with low carbonation. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Thanks to kiefdog for the share. Pours dark caramel brown with a tan head. Nose is slight malt, spice, and wood. Flavor is bland with malt and spice. iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2010 500mL bottle, no date. Hazy medium orange with a small light beige head, fair retention. Lots of sweet caramel malt and brown sugar in the aroma with moderate vanilla and oak following. Got a fair amount of almond as it warmed, too. Flavor follows suit with some added alcohol--between that and the oak, it keeps the beer from being too sweet. Still got a fair amount of almond. Didn’t realize this was 10.5%. Finishes dry with some alcohol burn and bitterness at a 2-3, getting just a slight tinge of citrus (?). Light carbonation with a full body. I did enjoy this, but it was missing the peaty component I dig in some Scotch ales. juiceisloose (1491) - Windermere, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a mostly clear, brownish copper color with some sediment and topped a small head of off white foam that quickly recedes and leaves some dripy lacing on the glass. The aroma shows a nice mix of sweet toffee, nuts, honey, oaky vanilla, and some floral hops to go with the booze from the alcohol. The flavor is loaded with rich caramel and toffee to go with plenty oaky vanilla and ghoney glazed nuts. The flavors really started to come out as the beer warms up. Nearly full on the palate and warm from the alcohol with a sweet and slightly sticky finish. This is a nice, different take on the style. blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2010
2009 bottle poured an orange amber in color with little head. aroma has dark fruit, raisin, toffee, brown sugar, and some alcohol. mouth feel coats well and there is some light carbonation. flavor has vanilla, brown sugar, butterscotch raisin, peat, and some alcohol heat. really comes off like it was barrel aged and was quite enjoyed.
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2010
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Exiled) Pours a hazy amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of peat, caramel, and earth. Flavor of peat, caramel, grass, peppercorn, and earth with a dry finish. BuckeyeBoy (7669) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Bottle from a recent trade as an extra. Pours out amber/copper topped with a small head. Aroma was of vanilla, rich malts, and a little nut. Taste was wood, nut, caramel, and the vanilla still sticking around.
kbutler1 (1381) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2010
Pours an opaque rust colored red with a 1 finger head that quickly recedes to form a nice collar around the glass.
The first aroma I smell is booze followed by sweet malts and notes like caramel and butterscotch. I have to say once you get past the bourbon (?) notes it really is nice.
Now for the first taste...warm and creamy with a nice butterscotch taste. Not as alcohol harsh as I thought it might be. Pretty smooth tasting. Slight oak flavor. Medium mouthfeel.
Overall, I’d say this is a very tasty beer. A sipper for sure though!
thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2010
(12oz bottle thanks to Exiled) opaque orange-brown with a film of tan bubbles. Nose of raisin, sweet, alcohol, rice, caramel and sweet apples. Taste of sweet caramel, raisin, alcohol, creamy sweet finish. Sammer (1119) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2010
Bottle shared by Exiled. Copper colored pour. Nose is brown sugar and caramel. Taste is brown sugar chased by white sugar chased by cane sugar. Getting the picture? Not what one typically expects in a scotch ale, as there is no smoke flavor or alcohol presence. Still, interesting and definitely different.