DragonStout (1418) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2004
A nice pour with a brownish/ orange color.This is one of the better scotch ales i have had.medium malt with some wood and nuts.Very easy dri medium bodied beer. rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2004
Thanks to wholfs. Ruby, creamy head. Some citrus hops, cotton candy malt. Sweet earthy malt, a nice progression from bitter to slightly citrus. Sweet orangey finish. Kind of reminds me of a really smooth barleywine Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Bottle. I generally don’t like Scotch Ale’s but I dig this one. Big body that is nice. Flavor notes that come out are malt, raisin, candi sugar, apple, straw, some light chocolate, and grape. This finishes beautiful and has just the right amount of bitterness. Quite nice. Maybe the world’s most perfect session beer. TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Hazed brick. Fluffy, off-beige rocky foam. Gorgeous aroma of beet sugar, assorted berries, roasted hazelnuts, and unspent grains. Slightly nutty with cocoa-dusted malt hulls and some Crystal firmness. Puffy, yet perfectly creamy carbonation. Beefy malts immediately add girth to the already-puffy body. Malts turn immensely bready and gain more depth from the cane sugar and cocoa roughness. Minimal earthiness, other than a mild mossy twang, gives way to a glut of chocolate. Chocolate steadily richens, overriding the splash of plummy fruitiness, malt-enhancing acidity and oxidation, which accentuate every aspect of the malt. Remarkably fresh spent malt flavor and creamed coffee underpins the everlasting cocoa-dusted crushed grains flavor, which lasts well into the finish. Surprisingly tame hop profile for this brewery, which makes way for a flavorsome showcase of their complex, well-extracted, high-lovibond malts. And to boot, this is worlds better now that it’s bottle conditioned and no longer contract brewed in MN.
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Bottle: Aroma is malty with caramel and coffee combination with slight alcohol. Pours a darkj reddish-brown with a tan head that struggles to ever become anything. Very little lacing. Nice caramel flavor with a slight hop and even more slight coffee in the finish. Alcohol is hardly noticeable, just a touch in the finish.
willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2004
10.05.04 12oz bottle, thanks to Marinaro500. Deep garnet pour, glowing; little head fades to trace. Subtle malts and peaty earth on the nose, floral undertones. Funny, even with this beer, the sacley little floaties are visible that I see in all FFF beers. Flavors are roasty, prune, apple butter, nutty. Reminds of a lighter version of a strong ale. Pretty interesting stuff, not at all what I expected from this hop-happy brewery. Thanks for the bonus, Joe! Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Poured deep brown with thick decadent tan head...smelled roasty malt, hops...taste is malts, with sugar, caramel, mild smokiness and a hint of chocolate...much hoppier than I expected...very bitter finish with heavy alcohol accents... robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2004
Lightly Rich Brown Coloring. Aroma May Have Some Pine To It.. But Very Rich and Heavy Overall. Sweet MaltsSweet Roasted Flavor..Could be Burnt Caramel.. Good Malts. Some Bitter Chocolate.. Some Hops at the End...Dry on The Tongue and Bitter. Like if you Had Just Licked Pine Sap off the Bark.. Very Charactable Scotch Ale! drinkbeer (289) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - OCT 4, 2004
dark amber hue. very smooth beer, sweet caramel with a bit of hops coming in the finish. a nice malty break from the IPA’s i had been having. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2006 Medium brown body with a sandy head. Warm caramel nose, a touch of brown sugar, and fruit. Aroma suggests a candied apple. Malty flavor with an unexpected acid note that keeps this clean on the palate. Also has a roasty edge and a distinct hop presence. A solid Scotch Ale, but a little on the roasty side.