NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hmm... a little weaker then I was expecting. This beer has a very sweet, caramely, malt flavor. Dry in aftertaste. Deep copper in color. Tan head that left a thin rind that lasted until the end. Good, but even though it is one of my first experiences with Scottish ale, I believe there has to be better out there.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Re-Rate 11/13/02: The pour a crystal clear deep copper, the head is pulchritudinous, creamy in consistency, the lace fine sheets that cling longingly to the glass. Nose is sweet malt, caramel, earthy; maybe it’s my imagination but ’Hints of Peat’? Front is sweet, the top is reedy, the finish is charmingly hopped, convivially carbonated, congenially dry aftertaste. A very clean and refreshing beer to end my day, so its time to light up my daily cigar and “Chill Baby”!
GiddyBoy (117) - USA - NOV 7, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This did not taste that great, even though I was 4 beers deep already. It had little flavor, and was not very hoppy. Fairly flat beer. No thanks.
hopscotch (10077) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2002
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The Budweiser of Scottish Ales.
Very thin nose. I could detect nothing but a slight hint of hops and alcohol.
Sparkling, clear mohogany hue. Large, frothy, off-white head. Fully lasting with excellent lacing.
The flavor is malty and earthy. Perfectly balanced. Nice and smooth.
Watery mouthfeel. Thin body. Fizzy carbonation. Dry, crisp, slightly pungent finish. Scottish lawnmower beer. Not a bad beer, just not a very good scottish ale. Try this as an introduction to scottish ales, then move along quickly to another.
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2003 Decent ale, malt all the way through. The finish is what killed this though. Had this weird Pepto Bismol aftertaste, not sure how else to describe it. Maybe I'm just not used to peat. I favor the St Andrews and the Wee Heavy.
Raaha (67) - Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It was a tasty ale. I don’t know if it was worth the $11 (six pack). But it was a good beer. I’ll stick with others though.
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great taste and very malty. needs more alcohol content though.
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Flat headed ale. Malty nose. Bitter start finishing bitter-sweet.
Nuffield (3819) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I opened this bottle while writing a lecture on the American Congress.... Pours with a decent, puffy, but loosely formed and quickly diminishing beige head, over a typical dark amber/caramel body. Then I took one sip and was hit with peat. Perhaps this is a smell you can place only if you’ve watched peat being cut or smelled it burn from a Scottish cottage. I now know that others have had this reaction to this beer. Lovely, earthy flavors. A slightly oily palate, typically British body in the lack of sustained carbonation. Mildly sweet, building through the drink. Smokiness continues, with some nice malty notes and only the slightest bitterness in the end. Another flavorful and enjoyable ale in the Scottish ale category. It ’twould be among my "everyday" beers, if I had my druthers.
GregL40 (97) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 17, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear as day, but deep amber like a cool ember. Complexly sweet aroma. Thin texture approaching zero. Malty and sweet, but is timid and could be a great beer if it were bolder.