JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from Secret Santa - thanks! Fairly cloudy dark brown pour, with moderate coarbonation. The nose is a pretty nice blend of smoked malts, peat, and slight chocolate. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but not too bad. The relative complexity of the nose, however, is destroyed by the weird flavors. As most other raters have noted, it’s grainy and sour in a way that suggests either infection or just bad decisions.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 30, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2009 Bottle - Thanks Ughsmash! - Pours a dk brown with a large off white head...aroma is dark roast and smoke, with a bit of peaty malt...flavour is tart, roast grain, very cola like...finish is also tart like cola...interesting...
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this on tap at the Old Fashioned here in Madison: Poured a dark and thick black colour with a medium sized tan head. Aroma was immediately smokey on the nose with some highlights of caramel, peat and dark chocolate. Taste was what threw me off a bit at first. Something kind of sour about it that i wasn’t expecting. Otherwise rich in dark roasted malts. a little bit of coffee grounds on the finish.
twindadplus2 (691) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with a thin beige head. Chocolate and dark coffee aroma. Creamy chocolate, roasted coffee and a malty peaty sweetness round out the flavor. I’ve tasted stronger peat character before but this one is still good.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Sugar Maple. Poured deep, murky brown with a thick cap of beige head. The aroma picked up sweeter chocolate and toasty coffee with peaty accents.. well-balanced and more like a dry stout with light sours and smoke. The flavor found toasted coffee and chocolate at the core with smoky milk chocolate and vanilla around.. sweeter on the back with some residual smoke.. excellent, memorable finish. Medium-bodied and dry on the palate with great balance.. I could drink this all day!
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color, thin white head. Slight sweet malts, some yeast, no real peat character there. Pretty plain taste, mostly malts, nothing outstanding.
beastiefan2k (3745) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from skyview, thanks Bob. Pours with barely any head and a very dark brown color, no light edges at all. Aroma is strong on a dry Russian black bread, very earthy and dry. I don’t know if its the peat or what by its really cool. Some light alcohol comes through as it warms up. Taste has that same sweetness on top of the black bread with a very dark soil, earthiness, dry, bark-y, just a spectacular splendor of dark, earthy, deep,. Scottish beer. Some chocolate notes in the flavor as well. A bit of earthy bitterness at the end.
12oz bottle, Gordon thistle glass.
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to JuiceIsLoose. Pours a foggy dark brown. Aroma is dark fruit and caramel. Flavors follow suit with dark fruits and a lot of sweetness, without being too cloying. Balanced and fairly light for the style, but certainly not bad.
smith4498 (3582) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by juiceisloose. Cloudy dark brown with tan head. Dark fruit and caramel aroma with a touch of smoke. Similar sweet flavors with some tarness and sourness. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
juiceisloose (1339) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy SecretSanta. Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head that slowly fades to a thin film. THe aroma shows chocolate malts, dark fruits, caramel. I don’t get much of the peat smoke in the nose. The flavor follows with the caramel and dark chocolate up front mixed with some dark fruits, and a touch of smokiness on the back. Medium to light bodied with balanced carbonation and a smooth texture. Easy drinking with a bitter sweet finish. Pretty good scotch ale.