StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Translucent copper with a fuzzy grayish tan head. Aroma sets the stage for reservation. Roasted pecans, honeycomb, peat, moderate cocoa powder and grapenuts give a quasi-scotchy feel while spiced ginger chews hint at the cascade presence. Flavor washes in with a spicy dimension, weaving through chocolate, peat and tin. Diluted toffee bark with a red pepper catch serve as livening agents at the tongue’s sides. Butterscotch folds into brown sugar and praline cream, and then sodden cardboard comes to call. Medium-bodied and simply boring. It could be great, but it’s a little too late for that. Waxy ginger cream, chocolate, toffee and peat meet in the end.
Ibrew2or3 (7050) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice clear copper color with small white head. Aroma is a bit weak consisting of roasted and grainy malts. I can taste two or three malt varieties in the flavor profile. Just beyond midway some bitter hops join the party. Nice refreshing light weight beer. Really sad to learn Grant’s is gone. They made good beer. When they came out with the Fresh Hop Ale, like 10 years ago, it was a real eye opener. Almost no beers like it at the time.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the bottle. I’m mad because this was a right fine beer and now my last bottle is empty. Amber/dark gold with a strong fluffy off-white head. A beautiful beer in the glass. Really good toasted malty aroma. Flavor has a great smoothness to its bittering hops, as though Old Bert may have engaged in exclusive late hopping. Caramel and nuttiness, but not citrusy. This is thick and mellow. The good they die young.
walleye (1067) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
from the bottle. poured a nice amber with a small off white head that left no lacing. aroma malts, alot of sweetness, hops, brown sugar comes out nicely. flavor got about the same as aroma with some drtness in the finish. not to bad
BrewDad (5005) - Olympia, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
[Bottle – Johns Market, Portland Oregon]
Not a Bad brew. Might have sat for over 6 months poured a nice amber color a good head and did not smell light affected. Liked the underlying aromas of hops and malts. Had a very good flavor and drank very easy. Did not expect this to taste so good. They bottled very well. Adios Bert Grant’s
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 23, 2006
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
this was another my friend pulled from the back of the fridge. probably been sitting for years. poured you guessed it slight amber with a non descript white head. little nose of earthen mustiness. on the palate metallic extract of a thin malty character. weak!
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
from a 12oz. orange with a small white head that disappears quickly. toasty aroma with a hint of piney hops. very flat weak flavor. somewhat sweet with some bitter toast. thin body and a bitter dry finish. i thought that this beer was pretty bad. it reminded me of a weak watery amber ale.
Drew1966 (5) - USA - MAR 19, 2006 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer is hoppier than I would expect for a Scottish style ale, but still had a malty aroma and flavor. Not bad.
Sirjames (37) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
If you can’t get to Scotland for a Wee Heavy or 80 schilliing pick up this Scottish style ale. It pours with body that is evident, developing a creamy head. One can savour the aroma of caramel and anticipate the mouth-filling malt flavour.Sweet! Then, to finish not a harsh bite, but a smooth, citrus wash of hops to cleanse the palate. Oh for a platter of wild salmon or a roast of venison to grace the table as you quaff this elixir, surveying the pristine beauty of your private loch from the great hall of your highland castle!
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Grant’s Scottish Ale pours to a deep amber color with a creamy off white head, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is wonderful with lots of good sweet caramel malt aromas, and fresh, citric hop aromatics. The palate is firm with more good sweet and caramel malt flavors paired with some nice touches of estery fruit. The body is very soft and comforting on the tongue. Grant’s Scottish finishes with more caramel malt flavors up front, then ends with a good bit of citric hop character that slightly lingers.
This is a well done beer with lots of good malt and good hop flavors and aromas. Stylistically, it isn’t the most accurate version of Scottish Ale, but the beauty of this beer is Bert Grant never intended it to be. There is always room for a brewer to be creative, styles to Bert were but mere guidelines, they were not etched in stone. If there is one thing Bert Grant taught the beer world, he taught us that. The memory of Bert Grant will live through his beers, full of character, and just a little out of the ordinary. This is a great beer, and one that matches well with hearty dishes, and desert. I would pair this beer with a hearty beef stew, or perhaps chocolate layer cake and vanilla ice cream.