daknole (10801) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brown pour. Beige head. Aroma is malty and sweet smelling. Maply syrup, brown sugar, dark agave syrup. Flavor is too damn sweet. Some ok fruity flavors and a pretty nice mouthfeel, but too sweet.
JK (5594) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2010
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Brown. Light malt aroma. some caramel in the flavor with lightly roasted grain. Thin and watery, and lacking in flavor. A poor attempt.
milewide (1984) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown, clear, color. Modest head. Thin body. Aroma and taste is a sweet carmel, which is appropriate for the style. Not much hop bitterness.
Nsanders (942) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown with very high clarity and a long lasting small head. It had an aroma of caramel, alcohol and bread. The flavor is somewhat sweet and fades quickly away. It has a medium mouthfeel with very little carbonation. This beer went very well with a pork roast.
johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark copper with a thin off white head. Caramel, brown sugar and ripe fruit aroma. Taste is on the sweet side with raisin, caramel, ripe fruit and a hint of peat. Finishes somewhat bitter with an off flavor. Soft carbonation with a syrupy texture. Not a great representation of the style and a little too sweet for my liking.
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Binny’s of Orland Park. Pours clear dark copper with tan head. Aromas of toffee, peat, and caramel malts. Flavors of smokey peat, toffee, caramel malts, and a bit of chocolate. Decent Scottish Ale.
Beaver (1599) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours a copper brown with a medium light tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing.
The aroma is subdued - peaty caramel malts with a little fruit and perfume.
The flavor is sweet caramel/toffee malts and a touch of fruit with some smoky peat and a dry lightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, a solid Scotch ale - not my favorite style.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pour is nice with a clear, dark garnet color and a medium, beige, pillowy head which is somewhat lasting and does leave tight but sporadic lace. The nose is sweet with lots of caramel, light raisins, faint peat notes, and some English toffee. The flavor is better with some buttery toffee, sweet caramel, again some faint peat, light raisins, and a bit of bready notes. The finish is long and still sweet with the raisin esters, caramelized notes, and an dry/earthy presence emerging. The palate is lively, medium to full, velvety, and slightly drying in the finish. Certainly not my favorite of the style with a limited complexity but still has all the right characteristics for a nice Scotch Ale. Maybe a bit sweet without depth, and maybe could use some more strength to add depth, but overall, a nice attempt from the brewery.
marcus (8698) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours reddish copper with a decent tan head and a strong fruit and treacle aroma. There is a harsh treacle flavor with a dry bitter finish.
bhensonb (13616) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Roseville, CA. Pours very ruddy dark copper with a tan head. Rich malty aroma. Med body/foamy carb. Rich warm malt flavor with a bit of hop. It drinks well. Finishes malty but not sticky.