jkwood04 (5463) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 1, 2011
12oz bottle in a thistle. Pours deep amber/almost ruby with a thick, cream-colored head. Aroma of caramel malts with hints of nuts toffee and floral/slightly citrusy hops. Flavor about the same. Smooth texture. A pretty good beer. MaBeer1972 (2144) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Light aroma of peat smoked malts great the senses with this cloudy copper colored brew. Light head goes away quickly, but the carbonation is decent. Flavor is a slightly complex mix of smoke and sweet malts. Good spice hop balance. A good drinking brew. MishkinBeer (73) - , New York, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Burgundy with a small head, the Stone Cat Scotch Ale greets you with a chocolaty potpourri. The taste is a bit smokey with flavors of chocolate, caramel and licorice. The beer has a nice syrapy quality and the aftertaste is predominantly sweet. Minimal carbonation. Another strong effort by Mercury Brewing up in Ipswich, MA. thornecb (6021) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Pours deep amber into a thistle. Off-white head slowly recedes leaving no lacing. Caramel aromas. Dry and crisp with caramel from front to back. Slightly sweet, but nice. blinesam (235) - USA - APR 18, 2007
The best stone cat i’ve had. An ale that tastes a little sweeter than a normal ale, would never have guessed the 7.5%abv. Not bad, not great, a slightly above average beer.
OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2005
Bottle, from Colonial spirits. OK nose, malty. Dried fruits (prune/raisin), licorice, caramel, peat, clean reddish brown color, nice head that quickly went down to a ring. Malty sweet flavors. Bigger than aromas.Caramel, licorice dominate, little coffee. Little hot. Alot like aroma, though Thick body, oily creamy mouthfeel, sweet dry finish. Nice brew, got better as it warmed. cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Brown pour, beige head. Nice and malty, though not as malty as I like my scotch ales. Needed to age in bottle a little longer, methinks, it seemed to lack in complexity and layering of flavour I would like. Otherwise, it was good enough, and I would try it again. lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Pours a hazy brown with a tan head that quickly dissipates. Smells of sweet caramel malt. Some hints of fruitiness.
Taste is all malt. Lots of caramal malt. A bit one dimensional. Very light carbonation. Candy corn flavors? Kind of a sticky mouthfeel. Not a bad scotch ale but not very good either. Something is missing, maybe a smokiness that I would expect in a scotch ale. Probably won’t get again.
ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 21, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2004 Spring 2004 bottle. Wow!!! What a beer. Very excited to rate this one. On the pour, my biggest complaint is the obvious filtration. Mostly clear ruby-mahogany, with some darker black/browns. Good dark cream colored head that sticks atop the beer. The aroma is quite peculiar. While not overly aromatic (the aroma dosent jump in your face), when you do take the time to sniff close to this stuff, it is about as complex and wonderful as a scotch ale has smelled to me. Dark black anise, molasses, light malted peat, rich but dry caramel, some other spices that I can’t name in there as well. Flavor however, goes a step farther with complexity. The black licorice is quite obvious and in the background a deep rich malt develops. At first I thought I detected smoked peat, but I never could find this flavor again, so I’m not sure. Spicy, rich, dark and wonderful. The malt is neither too sweet nor too dry. Intensely engaging on the palate. It has that anaesthetic property that you feel when you are drinking jagermeister. At the end of the glass, my tongue was slightly numbed. Some hazlenut in there as well, but very subtle. Flavor never thins, the body is medium to medium full and there is a moderate carbonation. This was a true gem and I’m glad I found this single bottle, because there were no more six packs of this to be found in the area. Highly recommended (take your time drinking this one). Drank this one only slightly chilled.