Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Half liter clear bottle from Harris Teeter Barracks Charlottesville, opened 11/19/13. Pours a clear red-amber color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Caramel and tea aromas behind a heavy mask of skunkiness. The taste is caramel malts, earthy hops, mild raisin and chocolate. Medium bodied. 50th Scottish ale!
maltman53 (270) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In bottle, I think the raters on this beer are too use to extreme beers. The Belhaven Scottish Ale is well-balanced and a well-made beer. (They’ve only had nearly 200 years to perfect the recipe.) It pours out a light Coca-Cola color, the aroma is hoppy, earthy, cereal. Light on the caramel malt (it’s 5.2% ABV; not the 8+% ABV in the "wee heavy Scotch version) and the CO2 carries the flavors through to the finish. Notice the yeast sediments on the bottom of each 12-oz bottle! They must be doing something right to still be around 300 years later!
blankboy (5948) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[Bottle (500ml)] Pours a deep orange-amber with an average size semi-lasting frothy off-white head. Mild aroma of sweet bready malt, fruit, light vegetal notes and light grassy hops -- decent. Flavour of bready caramel malt, fruit, nuts and light grassy hops. Short, light bitter finish. Average bodied. Average beer, there’s nothing bad it’s just a bit dull.
HipHopOpotamus (228) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It was nothing outstanding about this beer but I didn’t mind it either. I could drink it as a decent session beer.
Chadski4 (96) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not as buttery of a flavor/palate as I was expecting. Nice toasted malt flavors and very smooth.
ajmkendrick (23) - Oak Harbor, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer has a nice amber hue with an off white head. It has a slightly sweet malty aroma which I enjoyed. It is pretty light and easy to drink. Oddly there’s a bit of a herbal hoppy flavor, not at the front or back, but in the middle of the palate.
I loved the taste and aroma of this beer; this is a 4 star beer if it has just a little more body. It is a little lighter than I prefer so I deducted half a star.
NaturalIce (146) - originally from Michigan, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Definitely not my favorite beer. The best characteristic of this beer is the pour. 16 oz self carbonating draught can pours in to a glass nicely!
probstblueribbon (2858) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500 mL bottle in a gift pack from LCBO, shared by my bro, served cold in a tulip glass. Clear deep copper with a fair light tan head. Lightly fruity, quite earthy, slightly nutty, very stark and British, a little roasted, some toffee notes; dry with a gentle bitterness and a fruity, British malt finish. Meh.
ContemplateBeer (1496) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught can. Aroma: Lightly sweet caramel and a bit of earthiness, some tobacco comes through. Appearance: Rich, dark copper pour with nice clarity; solid foamy bone coloured cap of head. Flavor: Caramel and pipe tobacco; this really reminds me of the smell of my grandfather’s pipe in taste form. It might accurately be described as peat, but it doesn’t quite go that far for me. Palate: Medium body, oily texture, flat carbonation, abrupt finish. Overall: This was a pleasant surprise; didn’t expect much, but it’s a beer that connects to fond memories for me.
scarletfire65 (905) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can, at home. Muted aroma, maybe a bit of sweet malts and a touch of dried fruit. Super creamy, smooth palate. The flavor is straightforward but solid. Sweet malts, mildly bitter hops. A true pub style session ale. Simple, but really good.