TheBeerLover (1024) - 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.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has a "Best Before" date of Apr. 2010 printed on it. The label has the abv listed at 6.1% and there is also a very brief description of the beer on the neck label.
Appearance: The body has good clarity and a deep reddish amber color. On top is a light off white which rises up about two fingers tall before slowly fading down to a thin cap. This thin covering hangs on well and leaves some slick lacing on the glass.
Smell: It has a fairly light nose with nice notes of bready, doughy and lightly toasted malt. Hop aroma also adds a light spicy note as well.
Taste/Palate: The flavor has a good sweet bready and ginger bread cookie like maltiness with light caramel notes. Hop flavor is modest and adds light leafy spicy bitterness to just give some balance to the finish. The palate has a solid medium feel with soft yet active carbonation.
Notes: This is a very solid example of the Scottish ale style and a great winter treat.
zsb19 (152) - 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.
BorksBabe (85) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very strong barley aroma with roast marshmallow and a nutty hint. Gorgeous dark amber color with a thick, ivory head that laces the glass nicely. Toasted barley malt, brown sugar, molasses, and pecan flavor. Great to the palate-- tangy! Very nice!
ownbeycfd (3) - USA - FEB 25, 2009 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
great taste , i am not much of a ale guy but this will be a repeat beer i would love to dink agian ,
SanfordBrewer (1377) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(br-btl bu-lbl, 6%, new recipe for 2006)
lct-br, creamy white head, med co2, med-full body.
alchl sweet-malt §earthy-hop aroma.
§earthy-hop nutty T1, nutty-malt T2, bready T3, vanilla §bitter-fresh-hop Tf, ^drinkable.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a sparkling red ale with a decent khaki head that lasts pretty well and leaves great lacing. The aroma is of deep sweet malt touched with grassy, floral hops. The body is quite full and it has a creamy mouthfeel. There is a slight astringency on the finish. The malt is almost tart and it’s well bittered. It tastes like a good Scottish ale. There is a bit of alcohol rumble at the end. I had to have a second one right away!
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reminds me of Thanksgiving with roasted chestnuts and sled rides in upper Cleveland when Mom use to put vanilla in our warm milk (and whiskey in hers) while we would eat home-made chocolate chip cookie instead of dinner on snow days. The warming sensation is welcome on this unseasonably cold June evening. the choclate, vanilla ovetones with stong alcholo finish is a great treat and welcomed gift. Thank you.
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.
thehinge (266) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 14, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Heavy vanilla aroma. Reddish-brown pour with a small head. No lacing to speak of. Roasted flavors really begin to appear after the first few sips. A good seasonal beer, but it’s a little heavy on the spices for my tastes. It does have a heavy alcohol kick, though.