peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice orange smokey brown colours come form the bottle. Nose is Alcohol and honey, green cuts and bananas. Flavour is orange wheat with a yeasty rye character. Mouth is slightly foamy and thin. Fairly sweet. No smoke notes at all.
arjoseph (640) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle into tulip glass. Purchased at some grocery store in Brookfield, WI sometime in 2004. Smells like resiny hops: somewhat acidic, like Pine Sol Lite, musty pine needles. Red amber in the glass with a slight trace of off-white head. Full bodied for a scottish ale; cherry and butterscotch flavors with a tinge of hoppy acridity; coats the mouth, slightly syrupy but not sickly sweet or thick; a bit of bitter hops are all I get on an understated finish. Not bad; but not great either.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to Zuchinnicat for the bottle. Amber-brown body with a significant suspended particle load and a smooth beige head. Aroma of scorched malt, roasted marshmallows, molasses, and baked squash. Flavor of sweet malt, plums, roasted barley, burnt grain husks, cooked fruit, and some smoke and plastic phenols. Medium-thin body that dies in the finish. Bristol continues to disappoint me.
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 30, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light copper, filtered and clear colored, topped by a timid off-white head that slowly becomes a memory. Despite the intense filtration, surprising banana notes make their way through the otherwise rather typical nutty, fruity (dried raisins, wood berries) nose in which malt aptly dominates. It never develops too far in its sweetness, betting on a nutty and cerealic combo backed by the necessary fruits and smoke hints for balance. In terms of palate, it is well constructed, light-medium body with mostly engaging carbonation that lasts. Hops are almost neglectable, barely providing a light herbal kick toward the finish, while a graininess grows from sip to sip. Forgettable, but clean.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep, translucent and ruby brown in color with a grey ice sheaf branching off to a grey wrung around the edges. Concord grapes, nutmeg, tree bark and amaretto provide most of the aromaís make-up, aided by grenadine, Boo Berry cereal and brown sugar marinating rum raisins. Nutty derivatives parley with the flavor, along with a holiday pistachio composure. Some notes of sugary cherry chestnuts. A musky Stetson cologne annotation is encouraged by potpourri wood chips. The bigger picture is rather hollow. Touch of smoked peat and a scotchy, peppery burn. Light, wholesome, medium-bodied performance, and an effervescent whole mouth quaff thatís a bit much. Cherry toffee chocolates and chocolate powdered bran flakes bring up the rear.
dwyerpg (4789) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 23, 2006
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not like any othe Scottish Iíve had. Very earthy and slightly grainy. A little hoppy, but quite thick. Slightly above average for the style, but still not my style.
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A delicious and crisp scottish ale that I drink year around. I actually rarely buy this in a bottle since it usually ends up being my beer of choice on tap at the local pub. Good in a bottle, great on tap, and even better straight from the brewery.
hopdog (9618) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle labeled bottled in Jul. Poured a darker amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of peat, bread, light smoke and light caramel. Tastes of caramel, nuts, lightly roasted malts, and had a lighter earthiness to it. Tastes on the weaker side compared to the aromas (somewhat of a let down). Lacing left on the glass.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft I had this on vacation in Colorado Springs. After a week with the inlaws it was a welcomed releif. Amber color with a good head. Fruity sweet with a good touch of bitterness.
GarrettB (1181) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2012 Living with a Labrador Seeing Eye dog (not my own, but by association) has familiarized me with the nuances of this particular, perky pup. Heís a great companion to have around while lounging in the living room, is respectfully cleaner than, say, a porcine selection for a pet, and is affectionate. Sure, the means by which he communicates may be blunt. They may even be feral, but heís genuinely loving. The dog in my apartment is altruistically kind, a bit rough, sometimes a tad heavy, but nice to have around for any occasion. Well there, Iíve summed up the Laughing Lab too. Its color reminds me of the back of our Labradorís mouth, though the smell is infinitely better. On a range between Ian (the dogís) case of canine halitosis and ďinfinitely betterĒ I settle the Laughing Lab at a firm 6, which means itís okay, but nothing that makes for goose bumps. Itís neutral, eking out some mealy vapors, maybe some non-descript grains. The taste is this dogís day, starting casually with a very neutral and cool entrance to the oral cavity, and concludes with a soothing and relaxing finish of fulfilling chocolate, molasses, caramel and the malts flavor without the coffee. Itís a comfortable beer, turning up the volume on its intensity at a subtle peace. Itís also easy drinking, giving the drinker an affordable comfort and peace of mind. Itís the same for any avid dog owner. To know that, outside, people are frustrated with their everyday lives, and tomorrow you will be too. But petting a dog, an act so simple, whisks that all away for a brief moment. Thatís the Laughing Lab.
March 28th, 2011 - Tasting notes update. Dark mahogany in color, mostly clear, with a light tan colored head and healthy lacing. Peat and caramel dominate the nose, with lots of malts, and a smell familiar to the winter warmer family of beers. Taste is deep and immersive, but not over the top. Heavy on the palate, with just enough malts to fill the flavor profile, but not enough to injure it. Has that peat, malts and amber profile that I find deeply satisfying like a pipe full of tobacco.