voyageurmike (521) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2018 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 2/9/13.16.9 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a deep cola brown color. The head is a one finger white shade which quickly descends into a thin film. Lacing is okay.
S: This is quite caramel-forward in its malt profile, and also some biscuity malt/yeast interplay as well. There’s an element of dry chocolate here, alongside some brown sugar, molasses I have some trouble detecting the oak barrel here, but it’s not a negligible presence. Quite pleasant.
T: At first, I notice some vaguely smoky caramel malts, before giving way to some brown sugar and molasses. The exhales present a lot of smoky chocolate on the palate - and is probably my least favorite aspect of this, due to how dangerously close they come to tasting like flatulence. Unlike Jacobite, there’s a faint presence of leafy, herbal finishing hops which helps balance the sweet maltiness in conjunction with the barrel tannins. Not particularly complex, but it goes down with superb ease.
M: Extremely clean and dry finishing. A slight amount of alcohol-concealing residual sugar lingers past the initial tannin presence - however after a while the tannic quality accumulates, which goes even further toward drying the palate out. I might even surmise that the heavy (but not harsh) dryness kills its potential complexity. Firm yet gentle carbonation helps ease this one down superbly.
O: Personally, I’m more inclined to prefer a less bone-dry Scotch ale (like Old Chub). I’m also a bit let down in its lack of depth; but on the flipside, the drinkability this presents is impressive. All things considered, a bit too expensive ($8/16.9 oz) given that it seemingly focuses on drinkability over complexity. That doesn’t mean it isn’t very good, however.
Bottle from Beer Yard. Dark ruby colored with trace of head. Caramel malt nose, very little carbonation. Tastes of dark fruit, licorice and oak. Finish is bitter malt. Bill Becker (2010) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 6, 2017
From Feb 2008
I got this in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!
It's been years since I had this:
It pours from 11.2oz bottle a dark brown that has a lot of reddish colour when held up to the light. Small and quickly disappearing head of foam with very little lacing.
The smell is very nice. Lots of dark fruit, caramel malt, fig, and some alcohol and butterscotch.
The taste is firstly dark fruit with plum and fig followed by some caramel malt and a bit of citrus that adds just a bit of tartness and bitterness for balance. Nice. The dark fruit is really ruling it and pretty much dominates the flavour several sips in and the alcohol is very well hidden with just some warming after the swallow. One fine sipper I have here. The mouthfeel is medium to medium full and it's lightly carbonated. Man, I wish I knew why I haven't bought it the times I made my visits to Colorado because I'm *really* enjoying the hell out of it. Highly recommended! j.hi (33) - - OCT 9, 2017
Clear light amber, attractive. Few bubbles. Smells like European ale. Soft smooth bubbly taste. Long finish with increasing ale coating on tongue. Ales are not my favorite beer but this is pretty drinkable. I’d order in Scotland!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ianwelby (1566) - SCOTLAND - OCT 1, 2017
Clear red-brown beer with a thin head. Smells of malt, fruit and caramel. Taste is dried fruit, malt, toffee, a touch of citrus, a little alcohol-y and with a sharp, dry aftertaste. ivangoal (17) - - SEP 6, 2017
Little but malty aroma. Nice head. Great Warming mouthfeel an very nice malty and alcoholic taste.
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gripweed57 (2980) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2017
From old tasting notes. Bottle from the 1980’s. Brew 179; Bottle # 267634. Barely translucent burgundy red color with a small creamy brown head. Superb roasted malt aroma with a mildly complex vinous, sweetish character. Intense roasted malt flavor with a rich semisweet background. Finish becomes tart and fruity with a hint of dryness. Delicious, long, pleasing subtle Malty aftertaste. Rich, full bodied and well rounded. A classic. cmacklin (1378) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2017
500ml bottle. Pours a clear dark red-brown with a medium, fluffy, long lasting, beige head that leaves curtains of lace. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, overripe fruit and oak. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, overripe fruit, licorice, vanilla, light roast and oak with a dry, bitter, alcohol warming finish. Medium body with an oily texture and average carbonation. Decent. daniele (9888) - ITALY - AUG 1, 2017
Bottle bb 12/18 mogano schiuma mediadiscreta persistenza ferro forse ossidata liquorosa morbida malto leggero caramelo note erbacee mielosa poconamara un filo riscaldante ma non fastidioso marzapane monk191 (2022) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2017
Not very good. Pours a nice deep Amber color with a thin white head. Smells of sweet, maraschino cherry. Taste is far too malty right off the bat, with lots of sweet cherry, and cough syrup in the finish. Had in the bottle.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone redders1974 (1702) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2017
Ruby brown with a thin silky film . Taste port oak hint of toffee quite smooth suprisingly light in body nice but prefered the jacobite ale from here.