csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is actually a pretty nice Scotch Ale. Toasty and biscuty malt, not much hop flavor and a balanced bitterness. Pretty easy to drink. Simple, but flavorful.
hershiser2 (1873) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Amber-red with a large off-white head. Light aroma with some sweet malts. Taste is bitter copper and grass. Not what I want in a Christmas beer.
tmoreau (3527) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2013 Poured to a fluted fest glass at Brixieís Holiday Beer Tasting in Brookfield, IL. with a deep amber/brown color, a modest, off white, foamy head and a light amount of clingy lacing. The nose was toasty, earthy, light resin, light esters, caramel and spice. The flavor added some grainy nature along with a better than average hop bitterness. An decent Scottish that one can pair well with Christmas food faire. On tap at Ellynís Tap & Grill in Glen Ellyn, IL., and a larger, shaker serving this time, so better appearance, as good clarity, creamy head, and curtainy lacing. Otherwise, somewhat similar notes as previously stated, with an added touch of dankness, but less the esters in the nose, lively carbonation, medium body, and some sweet maltiness to the flavor. +.2
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small nutty off white head. Nose is spicy hops with a light sticky malt note hidden. Palate is full and smooth with a light stickiness. Flavor is clean, lightly spicy hop notes with a nice sticky malt note as well. very well done and sessionable.
beercamel (84) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours amber, copper bubbly aqt first with a decent head that soon dies. Heavy aroma nose of honey, floral and grassy. Has a strong alchohol kick and a very heavy carbonation sting. Carbonation is boosted with gas. Has a bit of ginger and a cinnamon like undertone. A good brew...
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty, hoppy mediocrity with a hint of some seasonal spices, though not overpoweringly so. Simple Christmas ale.
radagast83 (6962) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from 12 oz bottle. Poured a amber/copper color with a medium sized whitish color. Aromas are hops, citrus, notes of grass, malts. Itís pretty hoppy, hoppier than I expected from a "Christmas" beer - but not overwhelming. Nice and crisp, the beer is quite refreshing.
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh 12oz bottle. Pours copper/amber with a craggy off-white head with some nice retention and lacing. Nose is quite hoppy, grassy, some citrus, some caramel malt background. For a "malt driven" beer this sure is hoppy. I quite enjoyed this, a real caramel-ly pale ale with some nice muted citrus grapefruit hops, spicy, restrained bitterness. A mild fruitiness from the yeast(?) with a clean finish.
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2009
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Batch 9431 ( where is 9000) I missed out on this last year so I had to jump all over it this time pour was dark amber with frothy off white head, aromas are off light malts grains, and hops tasted more like a irish ale than a scotch ale well I really didnít miss out on this its very disappointing when your expecting a malt bomb and get this rather very weak and thin version shame on you larry give us what we want I dont know maybe alesmith ruined me forever
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear, copper-orange body with a finger-width, frothy, off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is malt forward with a berry fruitiness to it. Sweet candy caramels, some peat, and an earthy orange peel. Flavor is intially bold, but is quick to fade and ends up being pretty thin. More of a toasty caramel joins the rest of the sweet malts up front for more of a scotch ale malt taste than the aroma led me to believe. A lightly peppered bread malt comes in during the middle with more fruits before this finishes with a slightly spicy orange peel, moderate earthy bitterness. Dry with a medium length aftertaste of resiny pines that didnít really show up until now and some toasty caramels. Medium body and smooth, although like I said earlier, somewhat thin and watery feeling. Overall, more hops than most scotch ales, but I didnít find it to work the best with this one. The flavor is enjoyable, but for the most part, this was average.