Against the Grain Neo Sporran
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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
In times of peace, we drink this beer from the side. In times of war, we move this beer to the front to protect the future of Scotland. The sporran is both a wallet and a form of genital armor. Similarly, this Scottish ale is both a fruit beer and a creamy, malty ale. The caramel, toffee, and toasty flavors begin in the malt bill and are bolstered by a small lactose addition like the one we used in Mockless Lobster. Plenty of blackcurrants then went into the fermenter to round out the dark fruit flavors and add an unusual sweetness. The result is suitable both for times of peace and times of war.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13469) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Draft. Poured clear dark brown color with an fizzy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Good complex toasted sweet earthy malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Good well balanced dark sweet flavor with a dark sweet moderate to long finish. Very good complex brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2013
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The last stop before the big finish was this fine Scottish ale. Very drinkable and filling it was worth not glossing over (but thatís true of all but a handful of their beers). I canít wait to try their GTMW releases in August.

Aroma / Appearance - Hints of carbonation pop up from time to time. The caramel black base looks like someone melted the crust of a creme brulee. Red twizzlers, black currants, and creamy milk bring to mind a strange mixture of high tea and a candy shop.

Flavor / Palate - Black licorice chews are a good start. The only flaw is a medicinal drag that sticks on the tongue. The thick body coats the palate after just two sips. The tang in the finish brings out new complexity. This might not be the best Scottish ale in the Midwest but it is not too bad either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6576) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Draught at Lexington Beerworks. Very rich caramel and toffee taste throughout. Sweet in body. Amber color. I get a little bit of the lactose. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LoveScotchAles (7) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 2, 2013 does not count
Tan disappearing head. Opaque dark reddish brown. Sweet malty nose. Grainy start to a long sweet malty finish. All in all a very nice 60 shilling ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (6040) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2013
Clear, red-brown with a soapy off-white head. Aroma is nutty, caramel, earthy. Taste is slightly fruited/berry with caramel malt, nuts. Very tasty.....almost creamy smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2013
Growler. Earthy, smoky peat, nutty slightly sweet malt aroma. Clear deep chestnut with a small off-white head. Earthy nutty malt, blackcurrant, creamy and light peaty flavor. Creamy body on the lighter side of full, soft carbonation. Very sessionable malty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ContemplateBeer (1996) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 26, 2013
Aroma is dominated by malt complexities- fudge, nutella, lactose with some light fruity esters. Appearance is dark red/brown with bone head. Flavor matches the nose; a very rich, malty beer. Palate is full, sticky and very soft. Quite liked this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndyW68 (1454) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 25, 2013
Red brown with white head. Aroma to light to judge. Taste is sweat malty with some alcohol. Feel is creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (10683) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2013
Draft. Sweet caramel malt and black currant aroma. Dark chestnut with small head. Sweet caramel malt and mildly bitter herbal flavor. Light black currant finish. Nice balance. Smooth.

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