KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
GABF 05. Pours a deep brown with a floral and hoppy aroma. Flavor picks up where the aroma leaves off. Good stuff.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (650ml). Poured deep clear ruby brown (if this were a single malt, Iíd marry it) with a massive light brown foamy rocky head that leaves a thick sticky lacing. This oneís very hoppy (yes, typical full-spectrum Bear Republic hop-hit), but thereís more resin/woodiness and sweet roasty malt - and yeast - than Iím used to, also reminds me a bit of Belhavenís "petrol" nose and taste. The taste on this one is wonderfully balanced - this *is* hoppy, but there are many other elements - spruce resin, mild roast malt, a hint of caramel, lots of leaf and moss character that comes out more as it warms. Mouthfeel is quite encompassing, somewhat flat, but complex. One of my favorite BRís to date.
JK (5650) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2006 There is a pleasant herbal hop aroma that includes brown sugar. Dark red, with a very thick head that lasts. Several flavors. I can see the Scottish ale influence in the sweet malt, and this is combined with lightly bitter hops. Somewhat sweet.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big red pour. Sweet, floral, caramel aroma. Great hop flavor backed by some sweet malt and bitterness. Fairly straightforward but satisfying. Donít know if Iíd call it a "Scottish Red Ale."
Tmoney99 (13332) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown color with a small off-white head that diminished slowly and good lacing. Complex sweet hop aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Full complex flavor with a moderate bitter finish. Very good strong ale.
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Damn fine beer. Iím a big fan of Bear republic and figured I would try something different than my staby of Hop Rod Rye. This was a pleasant change! Yummy as could be. Beautiful color, wonderful lacing as usual. Good stuff!
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful beautiful poor. Poured with the most amazing head Ive ever seen. A huge layer of rocky head that took about 15 minutes to settle down. After that, chunks (yes, chunks) of dense head remained on the top and side of the glass. You could feel the chunky thick head go down your throat. Oh man, so good. A nice cloudy auburn with lots of sediment flecks. Smells of lots of piney hops mixed in with some scotch and caramel. Taste is initially very dry, with a lot of hops hitting your tongue. Flavor then becomes more balanced as a nice semi-sweet caramel malt hits your tongue and slides all around, leaving your mouth happy. Finishes with a nice butterscotch and spice note. Medium bodied. This is a great beer. Only complaint here is that there is too much of a hop presence on the nose and in the flavor. Could use some more balance. Great scores for appearance and overall uniqueness. I suspect this would age perfectly. Bear Republic makes some great beers and they just became one of my favorite brewers with this one. Good job.
PorterPounder (7221) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on tap at the brewpub in Healdsburg. Yummy! Dark orance appearance, light, off-white head, decent lacing. Find some caramel in the very sweet fragrant aroma, along with some piney spruce. Flavor has a strong citrus presence with a caramelly undertone. Very thick mouthfeel. Overall, excellent, could have drank it all day.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber-brown in color and mostly translucent with a foamy, off-white head, leaving nice lacing tracts as we go. Aroma is signified by sweet nectar, butterscotch, English toffee, peat and wood soaked brandy. Rich caramel, pine and birch kick start the flavor. This is one bitter Scottish ale, like no other. Tingly woodsy elements. Sweet ribbons of caramel - to toffee - to butterscotch and then back again are doing battle with the IBUs. Fairly fuller bodied, amped up, and finishing with cedar and pine bitters. Definitely a mutt in the world of Scottish ales, but Iíll take him should it ever come to that again.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber poured a dark amber with red highlights, huge creamy head that left great lacing. Nose was creamy malts, caramel, and some pine hops. This is way hoppy right up front, left when some roasted caramel and cream came over the tongue. Finished bitter smooth hops and quite dry and pleasant. If I knew this was so hoppy I would have opened this when it was hotter. Really nice brew, Thanks to secret Santa. This is more like a darker IIPA. Very sweet also.