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 (998) - 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.
Crit (3318) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 29, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber with beige head,small bead.Light fruity malt nose.Molasses malt taste faeds to nothing, then light bitterness in the finish.
jcr (2187) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Strong aroma of burnt malts that overpowers everything else if there is anything else. The flavor reveals sweet malts, but like the aroma, the dominant flavor is burnt malts which I didnít find particularly enjoyable. Some bitterrness in the aftertaste.
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
on tap-pours a tan head. Color is deep amber. Aroma is malt. Taste is malty, nutty, creamy.
Ratman197 (9530) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a hazy amber with a minamal yellow head.Aromas of cocoa, carmel malts with notes of smoke and fruitiness. Palate was smooth and crisp. Flavors of carmel and toffee abit of cocoa and a hint of smokieness.
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from a bottle that was filled the 2nd week of July, this beer pours to a moderate bubbly/creamy tan head atop a brassy red/amber body. It laces well, despite the head going away to a thin presence. The aroma is bready and earthy with some peat. Sweet. A touch light. The flavor is really nice. Sweet malted oak doused in peat and milk chocolate with pecans. Some grassy hops. The palate is medium bodied but nothing spectacular.
sethdude (694) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an amber color, very, very thin head. Aroma is sweet and malty, like toast. Some dark fruit and wood evident. Flavor is Nice and malty and mellow, chocolate malts dominate end. Not much in the way of hoppiness, but thatís expected for this style. Wood notes and dark fruit make brief appearances. Not a very good scottish ale, but a pretty decent amber ale! They should just reclassify this.
Beaver (1270) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2005
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish copper with a smallish big bubbled head that quickly goes to a wispy layer disappeared completely.
The aroma is sweet toffee and caramel malts - slightly smokey with a little roasted chocolate and some sweet sugariness.
The flavor is sweet malts and roasted toffee with some acidic bitterness at the finish. There are some off flavors as well - a little sour and acidic and some diacetyl. It is light to medium bodied and a little watery with some harsh carbonation.
Overall, I didnít care for it much. A little too sweet and the off flavors and mouthfeel turned me off.
MIBRomeo (2541) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
an of brown amber color w/ a thin light tan head that dissapated quickly and nice carbonation on the glass. Scents of nutty malty earhyness, fairly light. palate is very medium body clean finish. Taste is a little sweet good malt finish of a weak oaky scotch a tiny bit of hops but very very light. Overall a good session style beer not over the top in any way and quite good.