Oly (55) - Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2014 Meh. Everything about this beer is mild. There isnít much to love or hate. This beer is to other Christmas/Scottish ales as a session beer is to a robust pale ale.
Pours a hazy orangey-amber color with a thin off-white head. The little aroma that is there is malty. The flavor is mild, almost watered down, but itís pleasant enough to drink. The caramel malt notes dominate because not much else is going on. There is a surprising amount of carbonation in the palate, just on the border of being off-putting.
If youíre looking to bring a beer to a social function where most of the people there are satisfied with crappy beer, then this is probably the one for you. It wonít offend you, and itís decent enough, and you wonít have to deal with the anguish of having Philistines complaining about how damned overpowering your Alpha King is...
twindadplus2 (626) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper amber color with a small beige head. Aroma is yeasty spiciness with a fruity sweetness. Flavor is spicy hops bitterness with a light banana sweetness that finishes up with a dry herbal bitterness. Medium bodied with a syrupy palate and light carbonation. Itís a good ale but not at all what I think of when I hear Scotch ale. Definitely worth trying/
Couch0508 (75) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gave it a try. Not much flavor but wasnt overpowering either. It is ok if you need something in a pinch.
mikedR (1532) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iím impressed with this one due to the brewing of it -- Iím getting some spice notes, but interestingly, no spices in it! An unusual Scottish ale, insofar as usually thereís more maltiness. Donít think of this one as a Scottish, but as a different kind of Christmas ale.
MaltOne (263) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours red amber, brief head. Yeast, breast aroma. Flavor is the same - lightly roast flavor, a liitle caramel, initially slightly sweet, mild hop finish. Overall, OK session Scottish but nothing special.
ordybill (552) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - FEB 6, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice aroma of malt and yeast.
Appearance- An amber colored brew with an off white head
Taste- Toasted malt flavor, not bad at all
Palate- A medium bodied beer with medium carbonation
Overall- A really good ale. I would definitely drink this again.
iceman15658 (134) - Acme, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle pours a light amber with a very thin head. Nose is. Very faint bready aroma. The taste is actually a bit bland and nothing really jumps out as a dominant trait.
bennetporter (270) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a nice copper from a bottle. Very good sweet toffee maltiness with a slight bitter end on the tongue.
Ernest (6606) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (orange, apricot, grapefruit), with a note of metal.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic, metallic.
What the heck does this have to do with xmas? Bupkis, as far as I can tell. Thin, watery, and metallic mouthfeel leaves an awful lot to be desired in that department, and the nose is basically a pale ale sorta thing with a tinny note there as well. Rather sourish too. Ugh. Poor by any measure.
sturmthis (857) - Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sample. Light copper color with white head. Malty aroma. Likewise taste, really isnít anything special.
ryanscourt (874) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Red in color. Sweet malty flavor with light hop flavor. Similar to an irish red in some senses.