puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2009
Cask at the Blind Tiger. This one wins my Beer of the Month — August 2009 award. First off, the pour on this was marvelous, especially from a cask, with a wonderful, billowing head and perfect carbonation and lacing all around. The aroma combines a late autumn nuttiness with fresh, sweet spring flowers, while remaining refreshingly dry and never too sweet. Pillowy, chalky body, with a nutty, mild malt flavor sprinkled with a perfect amount of oak barrel and vanilla. The flavors have meshed wonderfully in the aging process and the barrel lent wonderful complexity without ever becoming overbearing. Excellent. golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Draft at Bisto BA Fest, this was aged in a Glengoyne Scotch barrel. Very pleasant sweet / peaty scotch aroma which reminded me of some of the BA Brewdog beers. Flavor is sweet, with vanilla and soft cherry. Very delicious beer and my favorite of the day. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2009
Cask at Blind Tiger. Deep brown pour with a nice creamy thin tan head. The nose is impressive with loads of soft oaky vanillla character. A little bit of light fruit and a fairly vineous sweetness. Lovely balance with the sweet, light fruity malts integrating nicely with the herbal/spicy oak components. A little hint of bittersweet cocoa and a touch of lingering spice on the back that gives it a nice lingering finish. The oak makes a huge contribution in terms of flavour, but yet the beer doesn’t clobber the other components. Really subtle, and very well-crafted beer. GenDV138 (7229) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2014
4 oz draft pour at Max’s Taphouse during their Sierra Nevada Beer Camp event. Clear caramel brown with off-white head. Aromas of whiskey, oak, caramel, light vanilla. Tastes of whiskey, oak, dark fruit, slight booze. Medium body with a dry finish. Low carbonation. Full syrupy mouthfeel. bleeng (1681) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Sampled at the Denver rare beer tasting at Wynkoop. Nice dark brown. Very malty and sweet and whisky nose. Taste comes off very full malts and a nice whisky background. Smooth and would make a nice winter warmer. Very good beer.
dnstone (3386) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 26, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2009 "Scotch on Scotch"
A honey/scotch aroma. Dark amber appearance with a nice tan head. Sweet, ampped upamber with a slight warmth at the end..scotch characters too.
Notes: On tap at the Pints for Prostates/Denver Rare Beer Tasting at Wynkoop Brewing Co, 2009 Great American Beer Fest
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Cask at BT. Pours a nice deep amber with a fluffy tacky sticky off beige head and nice lace. Aroma is big caramel sweetness from the malts, and charred barrel, oaky light vanilla, toffee, rum-raisin, chocolates nuts, and big thick toasted munich malt sweetness with hints of cherry. Flavor is oaky, vanilla, some bourbon caramelized oak sweetness, light spice and earth, toast, chocolate, more bourbon (not overdone with more cherry skins and pits- smooth finish. One of the best beers from SN of the night. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 Name: Scotch Ale, Barrel Agedcraftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Source: Tasting, Strong Ale Fest
clear dark ruby red, wispy beige head, drippy streaks of lace,
sweet malty aroma with a touch of smokey,
rich sweet dark caramel malt flavor, nice candy sweetness, the bourbon and vanilla brings out even more sweetness, light earthy character,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Draft sample at The Denver Rare Beer Tasting event during GABF week on 9/25/09. pours a deep amber with a tan head... lots of sweet malt and a touch of vanilla on the nose... medium body... some whiskey notes come through on the finish... overall I was expecting more from this one... left me a bit empty. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2009
A Mes rate. Cask at the White Horse.
Wow. Excellent. Smoky old ale character. Just a hint of whisky. Not at all over the top, in fact it’s perfectly done. A shit load of chocolate. Strangely aged character. Hints of cardboard and a slightly oxidised feel. Could be ten years old. Exellent. Balanced and tasty.