Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
Fat off-white head dominates the hazy orange-copper shade. Malt complexity in its grand glory reaches the nostrils through a symphony of caramel, nuancing its song with paragraphs of cerealic, biscuity and chocolate notes. Well toned rhythmic herbal hops blend into the vast fig and prune fruitiness to create a vanilla-sweet and efficient refrain. And the chief, that shapes itself into a medium to full body, naturally creamy and gracious doesn’t have much to do but peak its smoke instrument here and there to capture the unison. A fabulous scotch ale that ends with a mouthful of goodness. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
(Draft: Walking Man Brewing & Public House in Stevenson, WA) Very sweet, fruity, massive caramel, sugary sweet, and malty nose, reminds me of McEwan’s Scotch. Wow, delicious, right up my alley with beers. Love the sweet caramely, candy type of maltiness. Full bodied, nearly syrupy stickiness on the palate. Dark ruddy amber color, fairly clear. Light tan head is fairly small, fades to a wide ring. My favorite beer on tap tonigh, and there have been quite a few good beers on tap too. willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2005
10.01.05 GABF Thick looking brown pour with lasting tan head. Lots of earthy autumn notes in aroma like a walk in a wet november wood. Boozy and rummy, lots of earth, peat, detritus. Long finish. Woody and dry. Retronasal kick of apple schnaaps. Great beer. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Draught @ Brouwer’s Cafe: Amber hued orange, lighter than others, fairly strong carbonation, moderate off-white head, foamy, fairly nice lacing.   Sweet malt, peaty, slight biscuit, smells like a Scotch Ale alright.   Sweet, smooth, viscous and biscuity on the tongue.   Yeah, this one isn’t as smokey as others, or perhaps as peaty, but its solid and very palatable.   Superb mouthfeel, moderate to full body.   Sweet malt finish, very slight peak of dark pitted fruit to accompany the peat aspect.   I could drink this over and over... jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Draft @ brewpub. This guys make some big beers and this one is big and malty. Very roasted character.
Oakes (17668) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2007 The first time I had this was at Brouwer’s and I hated it. So a complete re-rate was conducted at the brewpub in Stevenson. Bright tawny amber. Rich muscovado malt aroma with light wood, earth. Very chewy and dense body. Rounded character with a complexity of dark sugars - cane, dates, muscovado. There isn’t much else here but the beautiful purity of these sugars reminds me of El Dorado 15y.o. rum from Guyana. BillKismet (4057) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2016
Mahogany-scotch colored with a minimal head. Rich caramelized malt and aged cherry nose, with lovely flares of wood, and perhaps, peat. Wonderful malted grain layers. Rich caramelized, sweet grainywort flavors infused with aged wood, and some cherry notes, with perhaps a touch of other stone fruits and dark muscovado sugar. Thoroughly delicious and perilously drinkable for the high ABV%. I’m enjoying every sip from this growler. 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Tap. Deep brown in color. Nice long lived off-white head. Good lacing. Plum and raisin seem to dominate aroma. Medium bodied, pleasant carbonation. Flavor is on the sweet side, very malt dominated. I think a little more peat smoke would have balanced this out nicely and made this a superb beer. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2005
GABF 2005. One of the true gems presented at GABF this year IMHO, this also won a gold medal I believe. Light tan color, clear. Thin lacing. Ripe and full aroma of scotchy malt and cherries. Balanced sweetness. Big taste- bready, malty, scotchy, buttery, and nutty. Slight alcohol burn but not bad. Very smooth. An amped up version of every scotch ale I’ve every had with all the right flavors. Yum! tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2005
Bubblegum and fruity esters are prominent in the malt forward aroma with plenty of carmelization. Clear burnished copper coloured body is topped by a low but long lasting, fine bubbled, off white head. Bubblegum, caramel and maple tones all blend in the sweet flavour with a light finishing bitterness that takes the edge off. Plenty of fruitiness especially in the aftertaste along with subtle but important notes of roast or smoke. Medium light body with lively carbonation that engages the tongue. Sampled at GABF 2005.