tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2001
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice deep ruby color - thin head - malty flavor with slight smokiness. A bit watery from the can I think.
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
You got to love those scottish malts! Certainly one of the more delicate beers that Belhaven makes.Nice smokiness, amber color.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - AUG 23, 2001
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a nice beer.
red/brown colour with a thin head
has a smoky taste though malt flavors dominate.
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 18, 2001
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2001
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice color, easy to drink, decent malt and smoky flavor.
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 18, 2001
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A wee bit earthy for my taste. Flavor was dominated by a burnt-coffee type taste with very little sweetness; caramel undertones were fleeting. This beer would greatly benefit from less carbination and a smoother texture. If it tasted as good as it looked (white/grey head with a beautiful deep amber color), this would be a real winner.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 15, 2001
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not bad, but I prefer the bottle
fraternie (844) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting Scottish ale...has a smokey flavor and somewhat of a Belgian strong taste as well. Unique, and very good.
PhillyBeer2112 (2547) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2001
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 Iím rerating, deleting a 4.4 rating that was very old, and replacing it with a definite lower score...not that this beer has turned bad, but the packaging sure has. Nitro can ruins another. Looks nice, with a good reddish color, lacking effervescence though, with the widget stripping all the carb from it, leaving just that thick creamy nitro head over a flat ale. Aroma warming and caramelized, flavor very sweet, hint of smoke, losing any balancing hop character (which is what nitro does IMO). Annoying. Nitro can rating: 3.0
Another re-rate: While I didnít particularly enjoy the nitro can, I found some new bottles, non-nitro. More similar to my early experiences with this beer but not worthy of my original 4.4 rating. A full earthy sweetness with hints at leafy hops and a definite smokiness. Bottle rating: 3.7
Score shown: average impression across packaging variations.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 25, 2001
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2003 An excellent Scottish ale, oozing with malt and smokiness. Fairly thin and light for style but makes for easy drinking. A great beer for newcomers.