drjay44 (3735) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2017
12 oz. can. Pours thick, well retained, light beige head, with slight lacing, over a clear dark brown (SRM 28) body.....nose is cocoa, chocolate, dried fruits from the roasted malts, heavy coffee, light vanilla......taste is heavy roasted malts with cocoa, chocolate tones, heavy coffee, hints of dried fruit including plum, raisin, mild whiskey, hints of toffee/caramel with minimal sweetness,finishing dry with mild hop/coffee bitterness, balance to the malts and coffee.......mouth feel, medium body, light alcohol, moderate carbonation. The added coffee is a bit too dominant, hiding many contributions of aroma and flavor from the other ingredients including the malts, barrel and whiskey. It really is not a Scotch Ale, but more of a wood aged Spice/Herb/Vegetable. As an away from any formal style it is easy drinking. BJCP 6/3/12/4/6 djd07 (15067) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2016
Bottle shared at La Muerta release. Pours a very dark brown with small tan head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is roast, smoke, cocoa, wood. Medium body, cocoa, roast, molasses, boozy finish, good. Skinnyviking (9584) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2016
Sample at GABF 2016. Medium high lasting fluffy light brown head. Pitch black body. Sweet coffee roasted malt caramel vanilla aroma and flavor with little hops bitterness, low carbonation and a long sweet finish. Alcohol well hidden. Just a hint of the whisky. SHIG (4962) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 16, 2016
Bottle shared by Lakerfan16: Poured a caramel with brown orange with no head. Loads of coffee in the nose. Taste is coffee and roasted malts. dfinney23 (3358) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2016
Iron Thistle + coffee + whiskey barrels < Iron Thistle.
I didn’t notice any whiskey or barrel so can only conclude that adding coffee to a fine Scotch ale somehow diminished it. Bad coffee? Wrong ratio? No idea but I’m sticking with the original next time.
BeerRenter76 (1017) - Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2016
Taste and aroma are all about fresh ground coffee. The barrel aging isn’t really coming through. Not getting much of the bases scotch ale either, pretty one dimensional with the coffee but it’s not bad. jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2016
Bottled. Pours mahogany with a small head. Aroma of coffee, oak, leather, and tobacco. Coffee dominant in the flavor which is ok by me, a full bodied good joe without big bitterness or overly sweet. Easy beer to like. SudsMcDuff (8438) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 14, 2016
on draft in dallas but not on a ranch .. . dark brown .. mild foam head, decent lacing .. . dark molasses, dirt, and spilled cereal knobs .. . didn’t get any barrel, at all, only found out it was barrel aged here. how disillusioning .. .. a lot of racoon talking SG111 (1860) - New York, USA - MAR 23, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2016 Tap at the source. Pours deep back, slightly opaque, not pitch black small tan head. Aroma is coffee, lots of roasted malt, caramel, vanilla. Mostly coffee, and caramel, some vanilla. Flavor is coffee, lots of caramel, coffee, vanilla, lots of sweet flavors with roasted malts mixed in. I like it. Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Bottle; Pour is dark amber brown, with a large, two fingered / fine bubbled khaki head into this glass. It retains well, with nice lacing presence. Unfortunately it just goes down hill from here - the nose is metallics, caramel malt presence and dark fruit notes - and the flavor profile fails from there. Dark fruits, dark malts, bittering roast, muted breads, and ’on the cusp of infection’ souring - next!