Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a dark shade of brown with a thin off white head. This recedes somewhat quickly without leaving too much lace behind. The nose brings a good dose of caramel, toffee, and bready sweetness. The taste isn’t terribly sweet but offers caramel and toffee candy flavors as well as some drier bread. Medium body. A nice, soft ale that went down smoothly.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-20-2010
kramer (5348) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap, at brewery. Pours a clear dark amber body, almost brown, with a small fizzy off-white head that fell to a thin film. Sweet toasty and lightly roasty maltiness on the nose with a light touch of peat. The flavor starts off rather sweet with lots of heavy toffee and lightly roasty malt. Dries up a touch on the back end with a touch of huskiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, rather thick and a little sticky for the average Scottish Ale. Not bad, a touch too thick and heavy for what I think the style should be.
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2010 On tap at brewery. Dark mahogany with a luscious tan head, lacing everywhere. Nose is dry, woody, and nutty, some toast and faint sugar/cherry. The beautiful flavor shows a similar balance, rich malt with some toffee, brown sugar, and again, a dry, woody nut. This is not a sweet scottish ale and shows none of the cloying milky notes present in so many other scottish ales. Rather, this is a harmoniously dry balance of malt and toffee. The best scottish ale I’ve tried and nicely complex given the low ABV.