flying_pig (945) - SCOTLAND - NOV 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (500ml from Tesco):
Caramel, toffee and some solid earthy hops and malts make up the majority of this drinks aroma along with some background dark fruits and berries. It is very sweet and has a subtle burnt sugar note.
Mahogany brown colour with a finger sized, light tanned colour head that has a frothy, bubbly texture. Good head retention on this one, leaving a half centimetre thick foamy head throughout.
Sweet and malty in taste with brown sugar, toffee and caramel flavours all blending together well. There is some nice fruity notes at the tail end of the drink as well.
Medium to full bodied and mild carbonation with this beer. It has a quite creamy texture to it and a warm, bittersweet finish.
A rather nice, well balanced beer that goes down quite well that has a nice bittersweet finish to it. It is quite malty and as such probably not a beer that I’ll have all that often but certainly one that I did enjoy.
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stravale (2103) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - OCT 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sainsbury’s, Nairn
Chestnut brown, slightly off white frothy head, minimal lacing.
Aroma of dark sweet malts, caramel malt, fruity - raisins, hint of spice, molasses, warming alcohol
Taste is quite complex.....rich complex malts - dark sweet malts, caramel malts, hint of roast malt, bit of christmas pudding, raisins, alcohol infused fruits, bit of plum, alcohol well hidden
Finish of sweet fruity malt...smooth ..soft carb...medium oily slight sticky malt body...cleans well with a bit of warming alcohol
I’ve ignored this at Tesco for a long time but this is a superb Scottish ale, very close to the Traquair ales. ’English Strong Ale’ ?????.......perhaps it’s the hops.....
Vignale (2064) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Med en liten reservation för att denna inte var helt okej. Lågt skum, maltig syra, i princip bara maltsmaker någonstans mellan syrligt och sött. Lite platt dessutom.
Scopey (6868) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Tesco Danestone, Aberdeen. It pours clear reddish-brown, with a medium foamy beige head and moderate to high carbonation. The nose is chocolate, sweaty sock, dark fruit, raisin, currant and some bubblegum. The taste is raisin, currant, plum, chocolate, decent bitterness, tangy raspberry, strawberry, blackberry, wood, smoke, Christmas pudding and alcohol warmth, with a dry-tangy fruit finish. A very pleasant strong ale indeed.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. A golden-amber ale with a thin white head. Aromas of raisons, dried fruit, caramel, some sweetness. Tastes quite fruity overall with some stewed fruits and well masked alcohol. Also flavours of toffee and Christmas cake. Nice chewy mouthfeel.
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours a medium brown with a light white head, not much retention or lacing.
the aroma is light hops with a little what.
the taste is good and light but it has the aftertaste of a scotch ale i’ve yet to acquire. Its better than most scotch ales I’ve had so were going in the right direction.
Beth101 (531) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mahogany with an off white head with lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt with a slight hint of vinegar. Nice malt taste with a hint of coffee. Smooth.
JohnRMurdoch (3289) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 29, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Tesco. Aroma sweet malts with a bit of grass. Rich dark brown colour. Big strong flavour of malts with a hint of caramel. Slightly smooth and well balanced. I used to hate this one but my palate must have changed and I now find it OK.
MrGGen (308) - ITALY - OCT 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Versa un colore rosso-ambrato, leggermente opaco. Schiuma molto cremosa e abbondante,di ottima aderenza e persistenza e con una buona effervescenza. Aroma decisamente alcoolico, poco pungente ma molto aromatico con note di legno e malto affumicato. Gusto mediamente pungente e corpo non eccessivamente acquoso. Piacevoli note speziate e cantina con finale amaro e alcoolico. Molto ben bilanciato anche se leggermente secco alla fine.
Gethinbeer (2158) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 1, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep ruby red colour with a white head and lace. Rich malt flavour. Quite fruity, whisky notes. Fruity rich ale. Full bodied, full of flavour. Slightly tinny with a metallic finish.