Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from shigadeyo. Deep clear red body, thick puffy buff head. Aroma of toast and butterscotchy caramels. Thin, tart and sweet toasty, caramely, nutty malts punctuated by butterscotch and light grassy hops. Seems a bit stale and cardboardy. Too thin to carry the acidity.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 4, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle: Yawn. Smell is a faint malty, somewhat hoppy aroma. Color is a very nice looking amber color. Flavor is pretty weak -- very watery, not much going on here. Pretty boring.
Blackbarrel (116) - new york, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Christmas cake. malts and cherrybrandy in abundance with shades of plum and fig. Thick and heavy. watery after taste.
zsb19 (168) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - JAN 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (12 oz.) - Pours thick dark amber with foamy off-white head with a good amount of lacing. Aroma is sweet malts and caramel. Palate is a medium to thin, very smooth with a touch of carbonation. Upfront taste is caramel and malt sweetness. Follow through is more of the same with a hint of nuttiness. Aftertaste brings out a nice touch of piney hops. Overall, a very good Scottish Ale. Very sweet and malty throughout and perfect for a cold winter day.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle best by April ’07. Poured a dark amber with a fizzy off-white head. The aroma found malts and nuts. The flavor was of caramel, spices, and al slight toasty. Medium to full body that is sweet throughout.
surf1284 (91) - USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown, with a thick beige head. This one is pretty sweet. Good beer for the holidays.
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 (1527) - 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 (5062) - 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.