deyholla (11597) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2015
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear dark amber with a grayish brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a decent amount of bread and toffee with a hint of roast underlining. Flavor has dark grains and toffee up front with a growing roasted malt and light smoke note through the finish. arminjewell (9635) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark reddish brown pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of caramel, molasses, hints of earth into a bit of dark fruit, slight herbal notes with a lot of spicy notes as well. Taste is a mix of caramel, toffee, some dark fruit and molasses into a bit of earth, grain, hints of toast, finishing slightly dry, sweet. commonmac (1245) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Tap at the brewpub. Small tulip like glass. Dark brown color... maybe caramel. Minimal head. No real interest in lacing. Aroma is slightly sweet and malty. Taste brings on flavors of bourbon and roasted malts. Caramel and toffee notes. Some bitter coffee elements towards the end. Alcohol burn is there too. Thin mouthfeel with oily residue. Bitterness lingers. It?s nothing all that unique but worth a sample. n00bface (137) - Minneapolis, USA - JAN 16, 2013
On tap at Northbound Smokehouse (Minneapolis, Minnesota)mnmike (1086) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Aroma: Caramel, toast, butterscotch, and some smokiness.
Appearance: A dark brown color with a small off-white head.
Taste: Sweet, dry, and a little spicy. ABV isn’t evident in the taste, which is surprising considering Scotch Ales tend to have boozier finishes.
Palate: Medium bodied, average carbonation, and a slightly bitter finish.
I’m happy to see that Scotch Ales are becoming a more popular brew style in Minnesota. This one is really good, and I’m inclined to believe it’s the best of Northbound’s offerings so far.
5 oz. On tap at brewpub as part of the $6 4 flight sampler. Best beer offered at this brewpub in my opinion. Good strength in the beer. Dark brownish red. Complex and evolving flavors. Strong smoke.
ryanfolty (2545) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2012
December 15, 2012 on tap at brewery. Dark brown pour with limited head. Caramel, malty and alcohol in aroma and taste. Finally something with some pinch to it, nice offering from these guys. BVery (10485) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Tap at the brewpub. Very dark pour with a small clingy off white head. Smoky, caramel, a little bitter chocolate. Quite tasty! Atom (2441) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2012
On tap at brewpub, at first I thought the bartender had misheard me and gave me a Smokehouse Porter. Although he agreed they are both very similar beers. Pours a dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, smoke, hops, and caramel. Taste has a very similar smoked malt favor as the porter however the hops give this a bitter well rounded finish. Very similar to the Porter but slightly better, islay (2734) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2012
10 oz. pour, on tap at the brewpub. Served excessively cold, requiring me to warm it in my hand before imbibing. Scents of caramel, toffee, light plum, chocolate-covered raisin, and carob. Light smokiness in the smell. Pours an interesting, dark brown color with a tan hue. Small amount of beige head. Produces nice lacing. Sweet, hearty, smoky-dry flavor features dark chocolate, rich chocolate, and toffee elements. Malty-good taste with smoke playing the role usually played by hops. To be clear, I’m sure this beer is hopped; it’s just that Scotch ales have a tendency to be imbalanced in favor of excessive maltiness. The smoke in Snowpocalypse counteracts that common effect. Medium to heavy body. Lively and crisp in the enjoyable palate. Overall, this beer is quite good. It’s well made and flavorful, and the smoking works well. I’m impressed! 7/4/8/4/15=>3.8