fidelis83 (1795) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nearly clear copper pour with a thin, creamy, slightly soapy eggshell head that has good retention. Aroma is woody, toast ed nuts, toffee, light planty, herbal and spicy hops, maybe just a hint of smoke. Flavor is caramel, toffee, and nuts up front, some bready yeast, grass, light peat smoke, cereal, and light spicy and floral hops. Finishes pretty clean, with a pleasant smoky roasted nut fade. Fairly light body with a chreamy to chewy entry, moderate carbonation and neutral to off dry finish. Pretty tasty stuff, I could see myself buying this from time to time if it sticks around. I think I would probably consider more of a Bock than Scottish Ale, though, especially since it is a lager.
BeerandBlues2 (9003) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home. Pours clear brown with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is peat smoked malt, light cookie and caramel malt, bread crusts, dates, and herbal, minty hops. Flavor is peat smoked malt, meat, dark fruits, medium earthy hops and medium bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
kaserk (35) - wdm, Iowa, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank this bottle at Jethros soft open. Smooth almost chocolate taste. Liked it a lot!
sethdude (687) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours red with a medium head and light lacing. Aroma is sweet, almost tangy, with lingering smoke. Flavor is big caramel malts at the start, giving way to a nice, dry bitter midsection and a big sinus-filling smoke. Finish is mostly smoke with a slight yeasty, then grassy end.
ajtrupp (184) - Keenesburg, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2013
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
The best part is the aroma. There’s a nice smokiness, along with some of the hops. As for the mouthfeel (damn I feel pretentious saying that word, but the alternative is "way it feels in your mouth", which is somehow dumber), it sticks like cough syrup, where the sweetness of the malts just won’t let go. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Michbeerlover (132) - - OCT 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Picked up a six pack at the brewery recently. Pours reddish amber with no head. Very strong aroma of robust coffee and smoke. Taste is mostly smoke and some coffee. Body is thin. Wish it had more body and retained it's head for appearance sake. Otherwise, unique and enjoyable.
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TheHOFF43 (1612) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from some friends. Pour is dark, really peaty aroma. Flavor is mostly peat as well, they weren’t lyin’! Pretty interesting beer, definitely unique and flavorful.
BoostIPA (1054) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drank this bitch straight from the bottle. Nice. Aroma was cigarette butts, overfull ashtrays. Possibly some toffee. Taste was not really peated... more like coffee, cigars, ashtrays and a dash of chocolate. Not bad, actually. This beer is getting shit on in the reviews, but I quite like it. Decent. Thanks, Randomgarbage. You rate a metric shit ton of malt likka.
rosenbergh (5935) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 11, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 fl oz bottle. From Iowa. A big thank you goes to John M.
Dark brown colour with a small white head.
Roasted malt, rust, mild cappuccino and mild bitterness in the aroma.
The flavour is quite interesting... it’s like a tangle of smoke, bitterness, toasted malt and rust. Sweetness and smoke in the aftertaste. Not bad but a bit messy.
TheOneAfter909 (22) - Iowa, USA - SEP 4, 2013
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2013 Very nice color, and a slight aroma. Disappointed in first taste, but after a few more tastes, the flavor settled in.
Brigadier (2740) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the GTMW 2013
This was picked as a break between bigger beers to check out a new random brewery. It is mostly solid and agreeable. Yet even with that I do not see myself trying to get a few more of their bottles. They are a good local and nothing more.
Aroma / Appearance - A caramel red base looks like liquid red vines. Fluid and sticky without being heavy it releases a nice wave of caramel, malt, nuttiness, and other aspects of a Scottish ale.
Flavor / Palate - The caramel is present but feels a bit weak around the edges. A nutty sweet transition sweeps into a malty finish. This is par for the course for the style but not much above average. Even so I was not willing to waste the pour.