Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark clear amber color with a big, off-white rocky head that lingers for a while. Strong hoppy and malty aroma. Medium bodied and strong, quite a robust scottish red ale (bastardized according to the brewers...What the hell is a Scottish red ale?). Flavor is quite malty at first, but the hops kick in towards the end and in the finish. Very good, me likes, me drink again..
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 15, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark amber color. Malty aroma with a hint of roastiness. Nice roasted flavor that ends slightly sweet. Quite an enjoyable brew.
jazz88 (2577) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 31, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep red with a laced beige head. Slight fruit aroma with flavors of berries and a dry finish. Tap in mid-October: Reddish brown with a strong hop bitterness. Malty aroma and a little sweet. Interesting graininess with some smoke burnt flavors.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - OCT 30, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
sausagy, definetly red, monster head, good hops.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - OCT 23, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pudding brown with less head then a debutante. Malt for days, fresh cookie and chocolate with some resinous hops with little bits of brewers yeast laguidly floating around the body. Malt covered hop cones, campfire smokieness, huge in the mouth, Long vinous finish that tapers into an acorn aftertaste.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
looks like more of a brown rocket ale, surprising smokiness and nicely hopped
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This brewery consistently surprises me. It begins with an intriguing malty smell that is reminiscent of sniffing a handful of crushed barley. The head is big, solid white, and wanders around the sides of the glass like icy stalagmites. This is really red, no lie, a very copperish red, but still red and crystal clear. The malt in this is very pronounced and hits you with a nice butterscotch sweetness. It goes a long way in capturing the raw essence of malted barley without too much overkill. The elegant hop finish is a wonderful counterpoint to the big malt taste and balances out just right. Wonderful beer.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 12, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap GABF 02: Hoppy aroma with enough malt nose to let you know it has some. Red color with nice head, full robust body, ends fairly bitter for a while. Flavor is deep and wonderful.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Every single beer I’ve had from this brewery has been great. This was no exception. Great balance of hops/malt. Beautiful dark red color. This is what I like in a Scottish ale. Bear Republic can’t go wrong.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
beautiful deep amber/mahogony. Decent head and lace. Nose of carmel, peaty smokiness, sprucy hops are there but not in the forefront. Thick body, sweet caramelly like malts, peaty twangs, maybe subtle spices lurking about, sappy hops in abundance but kept at bay nicely by the sweetness of the malt. I thought it was gonna be hoppier to be honest. This is good but missing a bright spot, flavors seemed a bit dull/muddled. Maybe its a little to thick? But anyways, its good, hearty, smooth and has a nice kick. Thank you herbjones.