Thin peat-smoked Scotch malting and meat-seared compost earthiness given clean granite-aquafied mineral watering. Subdued dried-fruited tartness and sot nutiness hidden by dewy peat mossing. Just a tad underwhelming taste-wise.
Amazing depth and clarity define liquored up version of scintillating Scotch-styled red ale. Sweet peated Scotch malting settles alongside brown chocolate-spiced dried fruiting as well as warm rum-soaked sherry, bourbon and burgundy wining. Chocolate-covered cherry, buttered pecan, raspberry puree, sugared fig and raisin illusions deepen kaleidoscopic flavor profile.
On tap at Dog & Cask, versatile Scotch Ale seems reminescent of a helles bock with its rich honeyed malting and persistent dried fruiting. Sweet ‘n sour fig, prune and raisin illusions consume creamy caramel malting. Sugary toffee backup and tertiary apple, pear and peach snips contrast peaty earthiness beneath the surface.
On tap at Taphouse Grille, smoothly sweet wee heavy brings subtle heather tips florality to soothing Scotch serenity, caramelized brown chocolate malting and dried fruited pleasantries. Soured prune, sugared fig and mild burgundy illusions softly subsidize mild mocha finish. Wispy almond, creme brulee, maple molasses and toffee illusions shuffle across dewy peat bottom.
Splendidly ‘seductive’ adjunct Scotch Ale (with 9% ABV) layers subtle walnut buttering across mildly sugared vanilla-toffee conflux. Fenugreek-grained chestnut, praline and acorn illusions soften the subtle coffee-milked maple molasses backdrop.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead, well-detailed and updated medium body (2014) brings peat-smoked Scotch dryness to honeyed whiskey overtones, picking up dry bourbon and sweet sherry influence from red-wined barrel aging. Tobacco roasted crisping and dry chocolate seeding play minor backup roles.
Gnarly gutter junk with blood-like Watney’s Red Barrel molasses gunk and peated cocoa-chocolate malt spunk. Pureed raisin, sugared fig and purple grape tannins envelop port wined midst. Syrupy black cherry cough medicine backdrop thickens chocolate liqueur niche.
Malleable ‘wee heavy’ brings peaty molasses-smoked Scotch malting to sharp-hopped dried fruiting. Fig-spiced cherry, plum and prune illusions cluster next to dim tobacco-roasted chocolate-vanilla conflux. Buttered pecan, vinous grape and caramel apple undertones fill out smooth medium body. On tap at Growler & Gill ’18, bold Scotch ale soaks peat-smoked cherrywood into brown-sugared toffee, dewy moss earthiness and uneasy perfume hop splotch, leaving dried fruiting in the rear view mirror.
Harsh Scotch ale (with 8.5% alcohol) needs better distinction. Shrill hop-coarsened cherry-grape conflux seeps into honeyed Scotch malting, caramelized brown sugaring and chocolate-covered raisin smidgen as well as wavered whiskey whir. Sugared fig, purple grape, red cherry and black cherry tones receive syrupy maple molasses lick and minor coffee-stained snip, but gnarly alcohol burn scoffs compromised fruited plain.
Arguably Sam Adams’ best 2011 newcomer, oak-aged full body gathers peat-smoked Scotch malting, hickory-seared maple sapping, burnt caramel sugaring and alcohol-stiffened bourbon whiskey warmth over hop-charred grain toasting. Ashy cedar singe penetrates tertiary black cherry, chocolate cake, rum-soaked raisin and cola nut illusions. It’s simply irresistible.