TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Grantís 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. Grantís 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 isnít 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.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice gold red body with a quickly dissipating white head. Heavy malts and hints of peet that really bring one to Scotland. An average Scottish Ale.
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2006
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a locals trade with Degarth. Thanks Joe! <P>Pours amber with a thin white head. Aroma is like vegetable juice. Tomatoes, green beans (yes Iím laughing here) and corn. OK, so itís vegetable soup. Thatís exactly it. Vegetable soup. Flavor is so bland itís difficult to detect anything. I suppose itís good when youíre sick to eat your vegetable soup, but for a beer, well, that ainít so good.
Kingsley (26) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 31, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted in 1994! Based on notes from then. Golden-orange, almost light-copper, very clear. Low carbonatiuon, small head. Malt, butterscotch aromas predominate. The beer seems good until you taste it. Then, starting out light and malty, slightly watery, it finishes sharp and farily bitter, far too bitter for the style. Lowest rating of the 9 Scottish ales we tasted.
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma seems to have caramel along with vegetables and things like corn and rice in it. Not something I expect in this style. However the hops smell very nice. The appearance is amber with a small head. The flavor is not the best. There is some malt and herbs but the vegetables in the aroma seem to come through in the taste as well. The palate is thin and the finish is bitter. This is a disappointment.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a nice hazy orange. Aromas of caramel, hint of fruit and hops. Nice creamy malt taste with a nice hop bitterness.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark Orange Coloring with White Head. Very Light and Dry Malty Character. Some Dried Fruit...Simple and Rugged Character.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2008 [bottle - 12 oz] Clear orange pour. No head. Very little carbonation. Malts and vegetables abound on the aroma. The flavor begins with a bitter bite, then a flavor of boiled vegetables and a very bitter finish. Thin-bodied and biting on the tongue. I thought this would be a Scotch Ale.
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
My shit certainly wasnít glowing read like in this picture above, but it sure was fizzy! I had some yeasty bidnuz hang outon the side erupting some serious bubbles like one of those deep sea vents spewing hot water. Kinda average taste, so donít expect much pondering over this one. An easy pounder, malts and some faint murky hops and some caramel.
badgerben (4887) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber color with no head. Aroma was hard to pin down, but almost smelled fruity. Taste was very much heavy and muddled fruit with a slight malt background. Iím glad to see this listed as an Amber Ale because it certainly did not strike me as Scottish at all, but still tasty.