Kevin (2148) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A cool night in western Kentucky. the wind blows by and causes the windchime to tone a mourning sound. the sun has barely set, there is not enough light to make out my uncle’s work garage 20 yards away as i lift this hazed orange pour that had a thick head, but settled to a grey ring to my nose. i detect a sugared candy orange slice of the Brach’s variety and some overly sweetend tea. i think back to why i am here. a new satrt to a life i have screwed up and i taste this beer. it is meaty with a cotton candy flavor and something smokey like a pile of charcoal doused with water when the party is over. i am really digging on the sweetness when i notice the strong grapefruit and oak finish. nothing like trying to get into a bit of self analysis with a beer. there is some underlying strawberry to this too. i just finished a very shitty day, yet i still can’t knock this beer and i was prepared to. wow, there is a lot of grapefruit to this.
agl108 (883) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a beatiful red amber with a thin white head that left only a ring of lace. A nice floral aroma with a citrus component as well. Flavor is very malty and the hop character is very subdued. I can just make out the Cascade hops in the bitter aftertaste. Not terrible but not great either.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with a decent off white head. Smells of copper pennies and nutty with some nice rosey notes. Tastes of grapefruit, rose hips and grass with a mild bitter finish.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 22, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Has an amber color and a light brown head. The aroma is of a light floral essence with malt in the background. Light on the palate, the taste has some hoppiness to it but does not predominate.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caramel and malt aroma. Tan with hints of red in the color and a smallish head. Decent flavor profile. malt and caramel again are the the only standouts, but it does taste good. Decent mouthfeel as well. Not exactly to style, but good even though one dimensional.
MattShizzle (553) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Does not fit the category very well. Should be much stronger and probably darker. Drinkable, though.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I liked this better than ohters did. Still most Scottish Ales blow this away. I think Amber Ale is a more accurite description. After all this does not taste like Robert the Bruce.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2005
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange red amber hue, thin white lacing of head. Malt and caramel aromatics. Slightly peaty malt characters combine with a grassy hop note. Mouthfeel is fairly watery.
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I too was hoping for more with this beer. The only other beer I have had from Grants was the Perfect Porter, which was fairly good. This was a much weaker offering, with a metallic astringency from the hops that I didnt like. I’m a fan of quality scotch ales, and these "scottish style" ales always seem to fall short. Its drinkable but not something I would want to buy again at $8.29 a sixer.
JakeBrake (14) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2005
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2005 Not what I was hoping for - to call this a Scottish style ale is quite misleading. Pours light reddish brown, very little body. Flavor is good but lacks the depth and richness you would expect from a Scotch. If it was presented to me as an Amber I would have pronounced it outstanding, but as a Scotch it’s disappointing.
After drinking a sixer of these over the course of a week I had to lower the score. I must have been high when I first said it was outstanding for an amber. It’s thin, the flavors are there but weirdly elusive...it’s not terrible, but it’s definitely below average.