chriso (21656) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2010
UPDATED: APR 25, 2010 Bottle at nimbleprop DC tasting, 6 March 2010. Amber colour. Sweetish, malty. Caramel and a touch of smoke plus a little soft, dried fruit. Smooth but firm mouthfeel. Not too sticky. Decent but unspectacular. A little more body and depth than the Summit Scotch ale sampled immediately before. Good to see us Brits don’t have a monopoly on embarrassingly crap beer names based on sexual abuse of farm animals.
hogan873 (451) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
Nice amber body that is slightly hazy. Wonderfully inviting aroma of sweet malt, caramel, and brown sugar. Smooth, oily texture with a nice punch of carbonation. The flavor is as good as the aroma. Sweet caramel and burnt sugar give way at the end for a earthy, peat finish. The fairly high ABV is not evident. Delicious brew. LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Pours a nice copper/amber color with a medium creamy beige head.Wonderful caramel malt aromas that are backed by deep roasted malt aromas and a hint of peat in the background. Flavor is of roasted dark caramel malts that fades into a slight earthy/hop bite. Nice tingle on the tongue thats goes to a sweet malt finish.Very good brew! monkeychugg55 (1109) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2010
Pours a mahogany with a small white head. Lots of peat and caramel in the aroma, with some faint maple syrup. The flavor is similar. Not a usual scotch ale thanks to the "special malt", but I think it’s too sweet. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2011 Bottle. Pouts to a nice chestnut colored body with a nice coating off-white head. The aroma is caramel and light peated malt with a dash of corn silage. The flavor is sweet caramel, rich but not over-powering peat smoked malt, and the Golden Promise is nice. Kind of like a good Maris Otter. Clean mouth feel with a lingering deep malty flavor.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 7, 2010
12oz bottle, thanks nuplastikk. Hazy dark amber body with small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, some caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, caramel, light cherry, peat. Sticky medium body, low carbonation. nimbleprop (8750) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2010
12oz bottle, transparent copper with a milky white head. Smokier aroma, peaty, sweet, caramel. Finish is a little thin. Caramel flavors, rum, crystal malts. A little harsh. troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2010
[Bottle] Pours a brown color with a fizzy brown colored head. Sweet caramel malts, smoke and some grain in the aroma. The taste is of earthy peat, light smoke, burnt caramel, some cocoa and nut. A nice thick and coating mouthfeel with light carbonation. A tad sweet, but that hides the alcohol almost completely. Nice beer. tmoreau (4631) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2010
6 pack from Binny’s Glen Ellyn, IL. Distributed a few to friends, but saved some for home. Always enjoy what Rob makes, along with the whole Tyranena scene, so I feel a little biased. Poured a hazy, brownish amber to my trusty, gold rimmed, 1/2 pint glass. The head was a nice, light tan foam that left curtainy ribbons of lacing as the liquid decreased. The aroma was malty, roasty, a hint of earthy peat, and touches of caramel and toffee. The flavor was these notes, plus a complimentary dose of hop bitterness and subtle sweetness. Lively carbonation was present, along with a soft, creamy mouthfeel. I guess that the flushed feeling in my face meant that the warming alcohol was working. A bit lighter than I expected for a Scotch, and maybe closer to Scottish, but very flavorful! pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Furley from TBS. Thanks! Brown pour with a little bit of amber in it. White head. Average looking. The smell (and taste) is extremely nutty for a scotch ale. Not that it’s a bad thing, but I get a strong hazelnut taste especially. Really goes down like a quality brown ale. Very sweet, some caramel in the taste too.