kramer (4943) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, at brewery. Pours a hazy orange body with a nice frothy off-white head that left nice lacing. The nose has a hefty bit of brett with just a little toasty and caramel maltiness peeking through. This is pretty much just brett on display on the flavor as well. Some Cheerio like cereal grain, light caramel maltiness and a bit of yeastiness. Just a slight bit of cheesy funkiness. Medium bodied, almost completely dry with nice lively pinpoint carbonation. I think that everybody I talked to was a little skeptical about a Brett Scottish Ale , but it worked pretty darn well.
MrChopin (3280) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Bullfrog. Hazy amber with a white ring for a head. Nose is a beautiful balance of some scottish ale elements--caramel malt, earth, and cream--with some barrel elements--citrus and cranberry. The flavor is mainly sour, the berry notes dominating the minor caramel malt and butterscotch. Too carbonated given the sweet scottish ale accents, yet this is still quite good and utterly unique. While on paper this looks like it could be a mess, it works once in your glass, and I guess that’s the story with Bullfrog.
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Noses in a sweet, honey-dripping amber oats and cream. Bright, high floral character brings a fresh breeze of cottony Brett. Pours a middle russet-brown-golden, with a soapy pillow of whitish. Flavor starts out thinly and weakly then develops a rich interplay of honey malt and dry fruity Brett character. There’s some weird malt and funk interaction that doesn’t quite work with the Scottish style, but it’s unique.