fraternie (848) - 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 (2563) - 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.
Tippie4 (97) - Auburn, Maine, USA - MAY 24, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 21, 2001
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty Scottish ale, with the slightest touch of peat. Very smooth.
Bgoad (27) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2001
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Similar to Guinness, did not like the coffee taste it left in my mouth.
Indra (2670) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2001
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2006 330ml bottle. Lightly buttery, toffeeish aroma, a moderate amount of spicy, herbal hop is present as well. Medium amber color, faintly hazy, with a slight but creamy head. Flavor is fairly well balanced, with a bit of fruity tanginess and lightly toasty, sweet malt. Finishes lightly bitter and hoppy. Effervescent on the palate, light-medium bodied. I prefer this over the St. Andrews.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very smokey. Slightly bitter. A very good Scottish ale.
weeicemon (126) - Lancaster, California, USA - APR 16, 2001
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
One sip and the maltiness hits you square in the face. Has a Belgium ale quality. Pungent sour nose. Wine like with hints of roasted grain. Somewhat off balanced but well made.
opiate (199) - Sandy, Utah, USA - APR 8, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great beer. I loved the peated malt
which I thought was very assertive for
a commercial version Scottish ale.