TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2012
22 oz bottle from Printers Row (Chicago, IL). This is one Anniversary beer (like the Mild) that I actually really wanted to see. Pours a richer copper brown hue, healthy glow, no real haze overall. Healthy dulled copper color, glowing pretty, with a frothy tannish head that dies to a smaller filmy layer, laces small. Aromas are touches of carmelization, caramel, and toffee. Toast, biscuits, gentle red fruit element. Kiss of earthy peat, toast, and mellow dryness sink in as it warms. A touch sweet but still inviting. Initial is medium bodied offering sticky caramel and carmelized malts up front. Touches of red fruit, sticky toffee, dose of biscuits and toast grow as we get into the middle. Touches of creamy sweetness, vanilla, and red fruit start to come into the fold. Sweet sticky, biscuity, a touch dry and toasty as we get to the finish, kiss of heat and gentle dryness, touch of peat. Overall, it’s not a bad beer. Simple, strong, could be a bit more appealing appearance wise, a bit of a mellow flavor, picks up some more deeper carmelization and biscuit/toffee blend as it warms a bit more. Ok, but nothing special. Backend is where I enjoy it most, some creaminess, deeper sweet and darkish malts. Toffee, touches of red fruit, toast and biscuits. Solid, I guess. Underwhelming nose. Tmoney99 (15119) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Draft. Poured dark ruby color with a frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Good complex sweet earthy toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Good toasted sweet malt flavor and a sweet finish with a small alcohol tone. Very good complex brew. jonhall (62) - - JUL 24, 2012
2012 retro release 6 of 15. Large bottle 1 pint 6 oz. pours deep amber with generous head. Nice malts with hint of caramel. Good finish. Not as much kick as Founders Dirty Bastard. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2012
On tap. Nice, thick creamy khaki head, leaving good rows of lace. Clear red color, a bit of brown. Crisp lighter carbonation, goes down smooth. More dry finish. For a style I don’t usually enjoy, this has a suprisingly nice aroma - chocolate, caramel malts, and a good bit of spicy hops, little smoke. Light bitterness, less sweet than I was expecting. A scotch ale that I can recommend. Thechasm442 (1006) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Fresh bomber to a pint glass. Pours a clean amber copper with little off white head. Aroma is light smoke, peat malt, caramel, and some pine. Taste is malts, caramel, toffee, grapefruit, and some smoke. Thin mouthfeel, invisible alcohol, and easy going down. Good scotch ale.
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2012
(I guess they can un-retire this now) Bottle and served in my La Chouffe tulip: Clean deep amber and mahogany hue with a nice lasting frothy head and very good sticky lace. The aroma is all about the malt as it should be, rich crystal/caramel, toffee candy, slight smoke, wet grain, "terroir", pear and dragonfruit esters along with a splash of peppery hops. The taste is malt forward without being overly sweet, lightly roasty and kilned with a dash of spice and earthiness to round out the palate. Yeah, it is hardly a tour de force within the genre but is a nice tribute none the less. I am rather enjoying this brew. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2012
22 oz. bottle. Deep, reddish ruby pour with a small off-white head. Rich, sweet aroma, mild smoke, some mild bitterness. Flavor is rich, smokey, mildy sweet, some peat malt notes. Big caramel and dark sweet bread notes. Mild spicy hops and apparent alcohol towards the back end. Full bodied, light carbonation. Somewhat boozy in the finish. Interesting. Although, somewhat middle of the road. ClarkVV (6961) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 8, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 Draught pint at Redbones on 06/06/06.SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Dark caramel-toffee body shows medium to medium-high clarity, with strong cherry red highlights and a bit of mahogany in the middle. Head is one-finger in height, butter yellow and rapidly diminishes to partial cover and then ring.
A good deal of roast in the nose opens things up, showing strong dryness and even a touch of bready, crunchy malts. Caramel sweetness is slow to follow and combines to give a buttercream-like note that is somewhat softer than the roasty malts up front. Not exactly deep and pillowy, though nor is it syrupy and underattenuated. Yeasty, lightly so, with some nuttiness and maybe a soft kiss of leafy, soily hops.
The flavor is toasty, with light coffee and anise keeping things dry. Caramel only comes out upon warming, with more chewy texture than sweetness. Far from fat and deep, the malts are rather highly attenuated as this brewer is known for. But you can still sense the caramelization in the kettle, even if not much residual sweetness is present. As the caramel runs in to the roast and dries out, some very light apples and cherries bounce around in the background. Carbonation is moderate, though the bubbles are a bit large and unwieldly. Alcohol is not noted. Some light phenolic dryness and a pinch of hazelnut give this a hard edge on the end/aftertaste that seems to rob it of the rich, heary, sweet taste that 90 shillings possess. I suppose it’s not a 120 shilling but whatever the case, this one just seems a bit too lacking in malt depth and complexity. To be fair, draught carbonation does not work in its favor.
Draught pint at Red Bones 6/6/06. Pours a medium brown/amber color with a very minimal fizzy off white head. nose is lightly nutty with some nice sweet malt hints. Palate is smooth with a decent body to it. Flavor is lightly nutty with some very distinct chocolate malt notes mixing in well and providing a very ample backround.