belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good malty aroma. Malt flavor carries throughout with just enough sweetness, but not too overpowering. Very enjoyable.
nchoward (24) - Iowa, USA - OCT 11, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This a a great Scot Strong Ale from the 5 Seasons Brewery. I was expecting just a strong malty ale, but this Ale pleasantly surprised me. The big difference with this ale is that there is a sweet tartness in blended with the toasted grain. A well balance strong ale!
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’d like to thank Dennis for sharing a bottle of this stuff with me. Although not his finest work in my opinion (the best brewer I’ve tasted in Georgia), a well done Scotch Ale. Medium bodied, dark color with a medium sized head when poured from the swing top bottle. Light smokiness with a touch of peat and malt. I noticed a taste of wheat grass in this as well. Earthy, and light and way too drinkable at 7.5%.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
More like a porter than a wee heavy. Far more roasty than smoky. Not bad but certainly not their best offering.
Gachupines (961) - USA - JUL 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, smoky flavor, but not too strong for the style. Fairly high malt level, would definitely revisit this beer.
skaughty (650) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2006 Re-Rate - rating is avg of servingsDennis offered a 1L bottle of 1 yr. aged version and the flavor was much cleaner and truer to style.<P>
’ll agree with the walnut color, but the malt level and taste didn’t seem to fit the bill for a 90 shilling. The taste didn’t have the old mustiness to be expected in this style. The smokiness was replaced with a chalky dryness that left the palate frowning. It is pleasant enough to throw one of these down, but there is room for improvement.
Shag (2647) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark brown apperance with a moderate head. A very malty profile complete with some roasted nuts, molasses, and dark fruit. This is one addictive sipper. This beer is a little sticky and oddly thin. But its a good representation of the style and one that will certainly improve with aging. These guys certainly brew some interesting beers!
SpringsLicker (3172) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught after GA 14% gathering.
Although there are a few things missing with this beer, I don’t think it will be long before these Georgia brewers have the kinks worked out on these bigger beers.
Nice deep ruby color with a thick short lasting head. A hint of malt bitterness in the aroma. The flavor is sweet with a touch of bitterness, but it lacks the smoky/ peated malt contribution that I feel a Scottish or Scotch Ale should have.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 2, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1 Qt. 1.8. oz. swing-top; bottle-conditioned? I'm not sure whether these were bottle-conditioned or just bottled and saved to sell after the initial supply ran out. Hardly any aroma to speak of; very subtle dry malt character. Also lacked carbonation and head. Some juicy/tangy dark fruity notes swirled atop brown sugar and molasses. I want to sample this on draft to compare - not a very good Scotch from the bottle.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1 Qt. 1.8. oz. swing-top; bottle-conditioned: Speckled ruby with orange borders. Teeny-bubbled, sticky, bleached tan head. Sour concord grapes, black cherry pits, cream, and medicine aroma. Sharply sugary, as well, along with roasted malt, smoke, maple, tobacco, meaty undertones. Watery body. Minimal carbonation. Very mellow flavors of tangy, grapey malts. Lightly glazed, powdery maltiness comes into play before the watery body quickly releases them into a thin, sugary mess. Creamy yet very mellow at the finish with a light dusting of burnt wood, dried plum, and leather. Light lingering leaf and sugar notes envelop the unsweetened chocolate and pale, powdery malts. This is insanely mellow and, frankly, too much for it’s own good. Swirl after swirl left me yearning for more of its delicate aromas. On top of that, at $20 a bottle, I’ll have this on draft next time.