GarrettB (920) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
August 17th, 2012 - Aha! Here’s the beer from Swan’s Hotel that makes the whole taster flight worth it. If you look at a history of my beer samples, you’ll see the whole line - up until this moment - has been a collection of disappointments. But the Scotch Ale is the savior, kilted and wielding the grand claymore of flavor. As scotch ales tend to do, it tastes very much like a scotch ale, and tilts towards the sweeter side of the flavor spectrum, with a wonderfully rich bread savoriness and a a satisfyingly sweet layer of molasses. The alcohol lends this ale a heavy booziness too, which gives a one-two punch with the low attenuation and sweetness with this brew. Whereas most of Swan’s stuff has been flimsy and stale, the Scotch Ale is vibrant and thick with flavor - a nice change of pace, and at last, a reason to visit an otherwise quaint pub setting.
harrymel (1450) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Verbatim from notes 16JUL11
Caramel ale with brilliant clarity, no head, no lace. Nose has lots of tea smells and hints of malt and some floral tones. Tastes oxidized and bitter. the bitterness is more like and ESB than a scotch or wee heavy. Some floral characters from the hops. Thin body with moderate carb. Not very good.
Serving type: on-tap
Druid (82) - Wamuran, AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light to medium aromas over a dark brown pour. Rather flat with lack of carbonation and head. Good malt flavours leading to any equally good palate highlighting malt. A well balanced beer with nice colour and a good example of a scotch ale. The high level of alcohol doesn’t overpower.
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Swans in Victoria. Aroma is bready, malty barley and flavor of a nice, rich Wee Heavy. It ain't the best of the genre, but it was the best beer I had in Victoria.
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Tmoney99 (10099) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy tan head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt and earthy aroma. Medium body with smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted sweet flavor with a medium to heavy toasted sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Very enjoyable brew
solidfunk (3021) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Some oak but pretty boring overall. Astringincy and some sweetness in finish - actually a near hit for style. Pours dark copper with minimal head and lacing. On tap at brewpub.
vadie (523) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2014 Noir avec une mousse beige. L’arôme du scotch fort. Le goût est du malt et scotch. Il est aussi un peu terreux. La palate est crémeux.
LarryBeast (454) - - OCT 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle. Pours dark cola-coloured with a slight gold tint. Slight wisps of thin, bubbly white head. Aroma is rich caramel malt with oak, slight fruit notes and molasses. Sweet taste is countered by strong alcohol bite and an agreeable smokiness. Medium-bodied, lively carbonation. There’s a green hoppy bite on the nice, drawn-out finish. Lovely ale.
Gerbeer (1498) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours a very dark brown with little head. Light cherry and malt aromas. Fruity dark cherry flavor with light smoky malts. Warm alcohol finish.
stantheman (566) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Swan’s in Victoria. Little head, and a fruity, malty nose. Taste is of fruits and malts. Didn’t notice any hops. Rather simple in flavor, compared to the top scotch ales. Pleasant.