gramity (1668) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 23, 2012
RBAG Summer Session 2012. Pours a very deep orange-amber with a small diminishing creamy tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, light smoke, nuts and some chocolate. Slightly watery flavour of toasted caramel malt, smoke and light hops in the dry finish. Average to medium bodied. Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 22, 2012
Single bottle purchased from a BC Liqour Store in Vernon, BC on 03/11/2011. Colour: Dark brown with hints of orange. Minimal head. Nose: Pureed tomato, flank steak, malt vinegar. Taste: Medium-light sweet, medium-light bitter, medium sour. More meaty stuff....like something mysterious that was boiled in a pot for hours then covered in tomato sauce. Malted barely comes through with a bit of sweet saviour but then long lingering leather and roughness on the finish. Certainly not one of the best Russell’s i’ve tasted. saxo (18301) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2012
Tap @ Malone’s. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are caramel, nuts, dried fruits, malt and hops. WheatKing (1338) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - JUL 4, 2012
I really enjoyed this one... I think it’s the ashy mouthfeel that does it for me. Or maybe because Scotch ales are all too often cloying, and this one struck the perfect balance for my taste. I have a love affair with nuts too and this one of course reminded me of that (don’t tell my SO). Kept it at the back of my fridge way too long. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2012
(Originally written for the Summer 2010 issue of TAPS Magazine.) Scotch Ale is a style not often brewed in Canada, so a tip of the hat to Russell for taking a crack at it as part of their Russell Brewmaster Series of limited edition brews. It has the requisite mahogany-brown colour with a creamy cap of off-white foam, and an on-point aroma of sweet, caramel-like malt with a nutty edge and a hint of smoke. The body is on the light side for the style (as is the 6.5% alcohol level), but the flavour makes up for it, with pleasant notes of dark toffee, roasted nuts, a bit of cocoa, and just enough hops to balance the sweetness without being noticeable otherwise. I generally like a bit more heft in both body and booze from my Scotch Ales, but this one is so enjoyable otherwise that I’ll let it slide.
PBM (1) - - JUN 12, 2012 does not count
My new favourite. Not one to quaff after cutting the grass on a hot summer day. More of a winter ale. Delightful. roasty, caramel, resin, floral, smoke, cards04 (2793) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 1, 2012
Pours a dark brown. Smells and tastes like dark roasted malts and some nice coffee notes as well. Thin mouthfeel though. Average. SHIG (4962) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Bottle: Poured a brown with a red edge hint, head was off white. Aroma was off white with strong roasted/caramel malt. Taste was sweet malts slight roastiness, and hints of vanilla bean as well. Very yummy! HenryXXX (205) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2012
Pours a rusty brown with a fluffy off white head. Smells of malt. The flavor starts with a lot of malty characteristic and subtle butter scotch.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone pintbypint (3641) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 28, 2012
650ml brown bottle. Deep red brown pour, clear. Long lasting creamy head, light tan in colour, decent glass coating sticky lace. Nose has toffee, light roast, wood, nut and grain. Taste sweet caramel malts, earth, roasted barley. Malty and earthy finish with some toffee. Late hops bring some nice finishing bitterness. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation, smooth. A good dark ale, mellow in spots but flavourful enough to keep me drinking it. Would not mind drinking this one again which is more than I can say for a handful of Russell’s beers. This one is well done and has some depth.