arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at brewery into a shaker. Ruby copper in the glass with a medium sized white head. Smells toasty with some nettles and butter. Nice malty foundation with a crispness slicing through and a very dry bitterness accenting a juicy, malty finish. I could drink gobs of this without even thinking about it, which is both its virtue and its weakness: nothing memorable, either good or bad.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark copper colour with a full off white creamy top. Aroma of soft scotch whiskey, bread and almonds. Taste is nutty, sweet with light roasted malts and whiskey flavors.
JK (4440) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From Skyview. Dark brown color. Mild aroma, some hops, and some grain. More grain in the flavor, it tastes OK. Thin palate, that makes it more like a Scottish ale than a Scotch ale, which I think tend to be thicker.
badgerben (4401) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler from Skyview. Dark copper color with a medium head. Faint aroma of hops. Syrupy malt body. Lots of raw grain taste. A bit of maple syrup. Seems more like a strong Scottish Ale (~/80) than a Scotch Ale.
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler courtesy of Skyview. Poured a murky amber color with a small off white head. The body appeared a little thin for a scotch ale. The caramel malt is definitely there on the nose along with some prune or other dry dark fruits. Not as hearty of a body. Slightly bitter hop finish.
Skyview (5209) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at the brewery taproom in Northern Madison. Pours a semi-hazy caramel amber brew with a creamy off-white head that slowly dissipates to a heavy off-white ring and film top. Some sticky lacing which explains how it got its name. Aroma of dry roasted caramel malt, a slight dark grape raisin character with dry leafy hops and some light peat. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of semi-dry caramel malt and some hollow dry hop bitterness and character. Finish is slightly dry, some mild bitterness that lingers around after the finish and then a light peat flavor. I am used to most scotch ales and scottish ales to be peaty and malty. Ale Asylum’s version has some dry hop added to make this a memorable beer.
ElGaucho (2208) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft, 2006 GTM. Nondescript aroma. Cloudy, reddish amber. Very large, off-white head. Malty, not much to it. Beautiful lace. Nice beer but not much to it.
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub. Slightly hazy, coppery orange-red body, thin off-white head. Aroma of toast and sweet berries. Sweet body with berries and caramelized sugars dominating the palate, with little peatiness. Bitter, rindy hops develop and last well into the finish. Needs more earthiness or peat to balance the sugars.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 22, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at the tasting room. Dark reddish-orange color with thin off white head that didn’t leave much lace. Not much in the way of aroma other than light toasted bread and subdued brown sugar. Flavor was similarly uninspiring. Smooth mouth feel.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lightly hazed copper color with a moderate off-white head. Light caramel, peat, and hints of sweet cream in the aroma. Flavors follow well with the aroma. There are some mild fruit flavors, with light berries and peaches that add to the caramel and peat. Finish is not real long, but enough malt to make this a very good heavy session brew.