Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper red color, full head, hoppy nose. Malts dominate at first but then massive hops kick in. Lingering bitter finish. Unique.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This deep red brew almost headed in the wrong direction when the typical Scottish ale malt flavors kicked in - I love the thickness of the malt, but there's always an odd taste to it. Well, I needn't worry about that this time - a HUGE hop kick comes in to save the day and pummel some of the malts into submission. What it ended up as was an exceptional strong ale with a wee bit of Scotch malt - tasty!
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big balanced hop/malt aroma and flavor with just a bit of smoke thrown in. This is the kind of beer I could just curl up with and watch the snow come down.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown with a nice head. Peaty malts and massive hops hide every bit of alcohol. Caramel notes are strong at end. Hoppy in that West Coast tradition, even if it was supposed to be a Scottish Ale!
jaymobrown (1709) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lemon merangue appearance. Hoppy nose, very hoppy nose. Brown color, with a neat head. Interestingly fun. Bitter like.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It did have a nice red color with a smooth almost sweet flavor. Very drinkable. reccomend it.
hopscotch (9892) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sparkling clear copper ale with a lovely, reddish glow. Small, creamy, khaki-colored head with good lacing.
The aroma is malty and very fruity. Notes of caramel, blackberries, burnt rubber and pineapple.
Very malty and sweet flavor up front with blasts of berries and toffee. The hops really kick in to almost balance things out on the backside. The sweet malt wins out in the end, but the hops are really assertive. Left Coast beer! Left Coast beer!
Medium to full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Long, very lightly bitter, acetic finish.
Unusual, very good Scotch ale.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is quite possibly the best beer I have ever tried. The deep red color is very inviting…but the taste. Yum. The balance is outstanding. I have never had a beer with such hops that had such a sweet malty kick. A must try for all hop heads. A real gem!
dorkasaurus (15) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice. Could it be that the once great Mendicino Brewing boys are in on this one. I noticed that the mendicino brews are now "brewed" in NYC or something. That beer is now worthless in my book but this stuff is super fantastic. Keep up the good work and don't sell out to coors or miller or bud.
beerbastard (752) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice Beer. Redish brown with medium lasting tan head. Very inviting aroma of malt and hops. Well balanced sweet malt with slight smoke and the flavor of hops and bitterness. The separation of this is also noticeable. Even the finish remains balanced. Didn't notice the 6.9%.