illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Shigadeyo. Pours a translucent brown with a beige head. Very strong nutty and toasted malt aroma. The flavor is very sweet, with notes of nuts, berries, citrus, and caramel. Slightly thin finish that has a moderate amount of lingering sticky sweetness.
somecrzyguy420 (13) - schenectady, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
good holiday beer, thick head, kinda nutty, good color and palate, sweet after effect, tried to find again, no dice
Darkover (1508) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber with a thick beige head. Aroma and flavor is very nutty amd malty.
jgb9348 (4298) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice deep amber coloured body with a caramel bottom and a thinnish off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, cherries, malt, caramel and toffee - pretty nice. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong malty flavour with toffee and nuts up front with a bit of a fruity character behind and a light sweetness tailing off the beer. Aftertaste shows some sweetness - but mostly covered up by nuts. Overall, a decent malty ale - a bit too nutty and sweet for a scottish. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased at Oliver’s Beverage in Albany, New York on 26 December 2006.
decaturstevo (4416) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz btl. A nice mahogany pour with light head and almost no lacing. An aroma of sweet malt. A malty flavor with a hint of nuttiness. A nice light bitter. Just a tad fizzy but really a pretty good beer. Merry Christmas
Tmoney99 (9650) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from River Bend. Clear brown color with a large rocky off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Good caramel tawny port aroma. Medium body with light syrupy texture. Full heavy sweet flavor with a sweet spicy finish of moderate duration. Very enjoyable brew.
TheBeerLover (1019) - DC Metro Area, USA - DEC 22, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle. Pours to a beautiful, bright, deep chestnut color, with a thick, creamy, off white head, and a good carbonation. The nose on this beer is very inviting, with lots of good sweet, nutty, and toasty malt aromas. The palate is slightly slick and buttery, with lots of really good biscuit, carmel, nutty, and toasty malt flavor. This beer finishes with really great sweet, and toasty malt flavor up front, and then ends with some nutty malt flavor that lingers. Malt, malt, and more malt. This beer is an excellent showcase of malt, and a hearty, delicious beer, perfect for the winter, and as Brooklyn says, with stews, roasts, and holiday dishes. Stylistically this beer isn’t as sweet as most Scottish ales I have tried, but the malt character is just fantastic.
bitbucket (2144) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bonus bottle from shigadeyo. Thanks Craig! Pours a clear reddish amber with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, toffee, and and earth. The taste is lightly sweet, nutty, with some vanilla. Lightly spicy finish with just a bit of participation from the hops.
Braudog (5376) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2007 Draft at Green Leafe Cafe, Williamsburg: Dark amber with a firm tan head. Big time caramel malt, earthy and robust with an almost nutty essence. Quite good even if it didn’t match my mood on a warm winter day. <<Rerated from bottle, 2007 ... bit of a reddish hue. The caramel is very sweet, although still nutty. Holds to my previous.>>
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12 oz. bottle with a best before date along the right side of front label, Apr.07.
Poured a clear bright amber with a frothy, foamy head that slowly settled into a thin sudsy lacing, minimal amount of ringed sticking.
Aromas of a nutty wood, roasted malts and toasted grain, a light fruitiness, and a bit herbal.
Good steady carbonation and a crisp, smooth medium bodied mouthfeel.
Good Scottish taste, nuts and roasted caramelized malts, a light toasted grain bready, a subtle berry fruitiness, a orangey citrus hoppiness, a herbal leafiness as well, hints of smoky wood towards the end along with a slight alcohol flavor, and a dry, sweet, roasted malty finish.
A nice winter seasonal from Brooklyn, perfect on a windy, cold, rainy night.