rubbishystuff (2538) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2016 At brewpub. Warm smooth, malty, caramel and bready. Decent stuff. Serving: Tap Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2012
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clouded brown colored body with some amber tints. Finger-width, dense and creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thick lacing throughout. Aroma is slightly sweet with caramel, cherry dark fruits, a light toast, and barely a hint of hops. Flavor is similar. Sweeter caramels and dark fruits up front with a touch of toasty bread. A hint of toffee and cocoa towards the end as a light hopping comes in to somewhat dry this. Lengthy aftertaste following a full-medium, smooth and slick body with a creamy, light-medium carbonation. Overall, a decent scotch ale, but nothing special. Sweeter with a light hop to balance and not a lot of complexity. Pretty easy drinking for the size. theisti (4126) - Kansas, USA - MAR 20, 2012
~ 5 oz sample glass at the Rock Bottom in downtown Chicago. The pour is clouded brown with an off white head that manages to leave a solid amount of lacing, despite the taster glass. The aroma is dark cherry fruit, toasty malt, and a mixture of malt and fruit sweetness. There was discernible alcohol present as well. The taste continues the malt focus, with the dark fruit sweetness, the toasted roasted malt, and a touch of grassiness. I also noticed a bit of diacetyl which detracts some from the overall flavor. The palate is medium to heavy bodied, a bit slick in the mouth feel, some warming alcohol in the finish. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Draft at the tapping at RBC. Pours a reddish brown with a tan head that persists. Somewhat hazy. Nose is sweet and toasty, light caramel, no hops. Taste is much the same. Really big and a bit boozy. medium-full bodied. Moderately sweet with a cocoa note. Okay overall but this series of big beers has about run its course, imo. DrnkMcDermott (3099) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2008
Rated 2/08/04, but stuck in the "Corporate" RB list. Now corrected to the right place. Draft taster glass. Deep brown, impenetrable color, even in a tiny glass. Good caramel maltiness, a very light smokiness and I think a chocolate liqueur note. Thin head that coats rather than laces. Picks up a dry stout character toward the end. Pretty tasty.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2007
On tap at RB Chicago.. 7.2% ABV. Poured murky, deep chocolatey-brown with a short off-white head.. deeper middle and some intricate lacing. Rich and complex malty base.. toffee, caramel, and darker fruits primarily in the nose.. with mild smokiness and rich cherries rising as this warmed up. Sweet malty middle of the flavor with tangy herbs and alcohol diffusing outward.. light smokiness with a sweet, warm finish. There was a transition from heavy sweetness to bitterness and alcohol that was rocky and rushed. Overall another solid offering from Pete! arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2007
On tap, downtown Chicago. The waitress called this "Naughty Scot." Smelled medicinal, with some orangey hops and a strong whiff of alcohol that smelled exactly like Jameson. Peaty sweetness was the one-dimensional malt characteristic; the medicinal/herbal quality emerged again right before the finish, which was clean and lacking (mostly just a lingering sweetness). It doesn’t lack in flavor, but it does lack in complexity. Solid session brew. Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 Interesting. I rated this on 12/4/2006 and the rating was moved to the corporate’s Naughty Scot. That has been deleted and this re-entered.drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2006
From the tap this pours an opaque chestnut body with a creamy tan head that does "sheet lacing" as you drink. It has a rich malty nose and is full of juicy fruits with a splash of milk chocolate. It delivers a mouthful of malt, cherries, and plums and ends with a dry, Scotch malt finish. I miss the peat, yet thoroughly enjoyed this one.
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UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 growler unopend from yesterday. aroma is mainly brown sugar and slight hoppy, pours a murky brown with nice head. flavor is full, almost vegetably, very malty with hints of molasses, toffee, and brown sugar. can taste a little alcohol too. tasty. a nice winter warmer. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Draught at the brew pub. Hazy brown color with off white head that laced the glass. Aroma was light brown sugar. Flavor was similar with a hint of peat/smoked malt.