degbert (1776) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2015
Bottle. Pours a hazy red-brown with a fine-grained, creamy, sticky, lacy off-white head. Nose is port wine, bourbon, tomato leaf, smoked meat, roast nuts, and vanilla. Sweet and boozy up front, with a definite smoky note; I might almost think this was a rauchbier if I hadn’t seen the label. On the back of the tongue, it dries out a bit, moving more into dried fruit, roasted nuts, and a mushroom/earthy element. Finish is long, herbal, and less sweet. It’s good, but the smoke is very dominant; if you like that, then this is for you. ethanTHEtrill (59) - - MAR 29, 2015
On tap to the Hay Merchant. Poured into a tulip. Nice dark goldish brown appearance with a terrific 2 inch white head. Aromas of caramel and slight booze. Taste of sweet malts hits you first then deeper malt with a slight boozy sweet finish. Solid rendition of a wee heavy going to cop a 6’er when I can find it. TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Pours a dark amber color with off-white head. Caramel malts, dark fruits, and a scotch note on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a nice warming scotch note. dfinney23 (3424) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Pours deep amber with a thin white head. Aroma and taste of caramel malt and dark fruit with a wonderful smoky peat undercurrent. Errl (2577) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Pour is dark brownish red with a thin tan head...Nose is sweetness, burnt sugar, caramel, brown sugar...Taste is caramel, sweet, spice, brown sugar, toffee..
Dixonian (1657) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Deep red brew with a sparse head. Nose of smoke, caramel, toffee, slight burnt odor. Flavors of caramel, dark fruit, peat. rougeau13 (3190) - Richmond, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2012
Tap at Flying Saucer. Dark, hazy copper with a beige head. Aroma is toasty caramel, slight fruit and very mild booze. Taste is lighter than most scotch ales; malty and sweet, but lacking sharp flavor or booziness. Full bodied. Mild for a scotch ale, but more easy drinking than most. onceblind (10583) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2011
GABF 2011. Slight hazy burnt copper with a thin white head. Aroma of toasty scotch ale malt, light peat. Flavor actually had a touch of bourbon but without any warming booze. Dark toasty malt, no bitterness till the aftertaste. A delightfully different and delicious full bodied scotch ale! mmmbeer (1429) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Served a transparent dulled maroon color-almost like a sunfaded mahogany wood now that I think about it. Lively light carbonation, creamy thick tan head formed and tried it’s best to lace. Aroma- caramel malt, yeast, freshly cut 2nd cutting alfalfa, and fantastic memories of home. Hits the mouth with a body wide enough to fit all of Obama’s lies (the dollar died) clean through, malt slaps you around and makes you answer to BITCH, faint sweetness in the middle with still apparent strength of the malt, finish has a small cloying toffee and candi sugar sweetness to it with only a faint amount of alcohol to it. I’ve been waiting 2 years to try this brew-I’m kicking myself in the ass that I didn’t have it sooner. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2010
Sampled on tap at the Freetail-Real Ale barrel-aged festival in San Antonio. This was the 2009 version.
The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is sweet caramel malt with some alcohol. The flavor is caramel, dark cherries, brown sugar and a little of alcohol. I remember this beer being more boozy so I think the year of aging helped mellow the beer out, which is good in my opinion. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.