jimhilt (2436) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a four-finger light brown head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Malty nose. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is malty slight bitterness at finish. This is the ’07 version and it lacks the spices but doesn’t have the smoothness of a scotch ale. Best before Apr 2008, 12oz bottle $1.50 from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.
jercraigs (8106) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brown body with small tan head and a little bit of lacing. Modest malty aroma with light caramel malt and a tangy malt note. Flavour is similarly malty with a distinct biscuity malt that I associate with the Marris Otter malt. Very light caramel notes, light bitterness in the finish keeps it from becoming cloying. Pleasant but straightforward brew. Bit light to be called a scotch ale in my opinion. Courtesy of HogTownHarry.
fro2218 (470) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark caramel in color. Sweet caramel and biscuit in the nose. Some raisins, and biscuits in flavor folowed by dark caramels. No detectable hop flavor.
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille 12 oz, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. Nez malté de caramel sucré légèrement rôti et aux notes terreuses, léger de butterscotch, de biscuits, de pain et de houblon herbeux avec des notes de noix, de chocolat, de fumée de tabac et de fruits (raisins). Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-bas et une texture crémeuse. Moyen goût fruité (léger de raisins, petites notes de prunes et de cerises) accompagné d’un léger goût de fumée de tabac ainsi que des traces de vanille et d’épices (traces de cannelle et de muscade) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût malté de caramel moyennement rôti et sucré avec des notes terreuses, moyen de pain et de biscuits, léger de butterscotch puis en finale l’on retrouve un goût moyennement amer de houblon herbeux aux notes terreuses ainsi que des notes de chocolat noir, d’épices (poivre), d’alcool très doux et des traces de noix. Post-goût moyen-long, moyennement amer de rôti, de houblon herbeux (notes terreuses) avec un léger goût fruité (moût de raisins) et des petites notes d’alcool métallique et de noix.
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes 3/2007. Pours a clear lighter ruby with no head. Nose is a bit syrupy sweet with some malty character there as well. Flavor is earthy. I think that is the top classification here. Beyond jusy saying "earthy", it also has a slight sweet edge and a caramel tone to it as well. Feel is good for the style. Slightly thick and syrupy with little carbonation coating the tongue. This is a fairly drinkable brew. I won’t go so far as to say it is the best interpretation of the style, but it is still fairly good.
ClarkVV (3893) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle drunk on 8/24/07
Large greyish-beige head tops a auburn-chestnut brown body that is clear and fairly carbonated. Head settles down to cover, leaving light lacing. Retention is moderate.
Some melanoidins in the nose add a boisterous fruitiness that is joined by light toffee and a bit of butterscotch to sweeten things. Not all that much breadiness, nor is there any strong yeast aroma. Leaves things quite "smooth" in the aroma, with red fruits titilating the senses. A light toastiness emerges, I wouldnt go as far as to say smokiness, but it definitely combats the sweetness well. Caramel sugars grow in power, however, with warming. No alcohol or flaws noted. Medium strength of aroma.
Very simple, yet well-extracted maltiness pours on the caramel, but enough breadiness and lightly leafy, lightly earthy hops add a touch of bitterness and gentle fruitiness. Melanoidins perk up as well, giving it the signature character of the style. Some vanilla sweetness and light breadiness on the finish. Very soft, nearly slick mouthfeel. Sweet, but not too much so for the style. Carbonation is low to moderate and somewhat engaging. No alcohol or flaws in flavor. Quite drinkable! Who made this a Scottish Ale?? I’ll go change that now....
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Best before April 2007...guess I missed the boat on that, so take this with a grain of salt...
Appears a mahogany toned amber with a small, light tan head that quickly fizzles out. Light spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of light smoked malt, caramel, toffee, grass, and a hint buttered popcorn that isn’t overly appealing.
The taste is of the mentioned aromas with the goodness taking a backseat to the bads. Grass, and diacetyl infused caramel are over the top in this shell of what may have been a decent beer.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter of hay and grass, with a slick, somewhat pungent finish. Hmmm. Looking forward to another bottle of this, so I can update this sub-par review.
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - AUG 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2007 Scottish ales are made for the blustry months during the winter. They are dense, delicious and malty. Brooklyn’s take on the Scottish ale style is a winner. Nice and malty, full-bodied ale, with good subtle hints of caramel; tasty!! This is the kind of beer that you can recommend to beer drinkers who are looking to expand their taste buds.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle- Dark purple, red color, tanish head that quickly disappears, butterscotchy flavor, with some raisins and smoke, smooth brew with a nice slightly boozy finish.
beerlord (215) - tonawanda, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark copper color with a thin tan head. Malty spicey aroma. Medium mouth feel with big malty flavor with a touch of ginger and maybe some orange chocolate. Nice witner beer I got today (aug 13th) on special closeout 2 6 packs for $6.99