Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2015
On tap: The aroma consists of moderate caramel, molasses, toffee, and light smoke. It’s a dark transparent orangish-brown with a small beige head that fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There is some decent webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with toffee, molasses, caramel, and some faint dark fruits. The finish has light smoke with some faint herbal bitterness. It’s medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Overall, I’d say this is a really good to great Scotch Ale. It’s just not one of my favorite styles. koleminer20 (3976) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2014
On tap at Dan's. The pour is a darker ruby, almost dirt cored, work a thin darker off white head that quickly fades leaving not a lot of lace behind. The aroma is somewhat bland for what I'd expect, with the malt taking center stage. There are light hints at dark fruit, caramel, and a little perhaps a little cocoa? The flavor is much of the same. Not quite what I was expecting. There is a sweetness, but maintained thinness. The roasted malt and light caramel come through, leaving the cocoa and dark fruit on the back end. The mouth feel is thin, and the aftertaste is forgettable. Decent, but there are many better ones out there.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Tap: dingy brown, opaque center with some translucent, ruby tinted edges, topped off with only a mild, beige colored collar. Aroma has notes of freeze dried coffee grounds, cocoa powder, steel-y & toasty caramel, & a bit of a dark fruit essence in the back-end... Prune, maybe? Taste is pretty heavy on the sweet cocoa nibs & dry, roasted coffee grounds up front. More of that deep, dark prune flows in along with very faint black licorice. Some toasty caramel in & out, with the finish containing a light, residual, almost milk-y sugar aspect. Nice scotch ale, though not something I would order again & again. Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2012
On tap at brewpub
Tmoney99 (14973) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2011
An excellent scotch ale, this release was the one that made me decide Original Gravity is worth another visit in the future. In fact this was good enough to make me want to seek out a few more for comparison’s sake.
Aroma / Appearance - A deep reddish brown body was the color of the dying sun late in the evening. An ivory head was tinged with a dusty offwhite tint. Sweet caramelized brownies tempt the senses along with a dry texture that only partially masks the booziness.
Flavor / Palate - Semi-bitter and warm, the chewy mouthfeel mellows over time. Caramel eases into the finish which makes for a nice winter warmer. Just thinking about this makes me wish I had a pint in front of me.
Draft sample at MBGWF 2011. Poured brown color with an average frothy light brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Medium toasted smoked malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium sweet toffee flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. This beer did not meet my expectations.
Silphium (3198) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2010
5th Annual MBG Winter Beer Festival, Grand Rapids. Murky orange-brown body, medium cream head. Caramely, toasty aroma, rather plain. Toasty body with caramel, brown sugar, and hints of banana and clove. Bitter finish. OK.