hopscotch (8394) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Crystal clear, dark amber ale with a small, khaki head. Nice lacework. Light caramel and smoke in the nose with earthy notes as well. The flavor is thin, but well-balanced with very subtle hints of caramel and oak. Light-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Short, dry finish. Thanks to Scott Jackson for hauling the growler up to the DC/MD/VA/WV gathering at Founders in Alexandria, VA.
Kinz (3111) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Congrats to Calhoun’s for landing the gold at the GABF for this one! Dark amber, nice head. Slight caramel aroma. Pleasant mouthfeel, mostly gentle caramel notes. Just enough hop bitterness to keep it dry. Medium bodied. I’ve honestly never been able to pick out a smoked note in this beer, but it is always a highly quaffable, enjoyable pint. Thanks to Rob for hauling down the growler!
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark amber with a dense tan head. Ever so light peat inthe aroma, but mainly sweet caramel. The flavor is more peaty and smoky than the aroma leads you to believe. A drinkable beer with a medium body and dry finish.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewery. Good beer. Nice ambler color. Had a good smoked flavor that lasted through the hole beer.
wolfman913 (5) - Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2004 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not my favorite Scottish, but after a couple sips, hard to order anything else. Certainly a good representative of the style.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not smoky at all, but still a darn respectable Scottish ale. Palate’s a bit thin, but not depressingly so, as in this brew’s case it becomes a bit more quaffable than normal for the style. Very woody, peaty flavor. Finish is reminiscent of oak wood chips, and a bit nutty.
argo0 (11124) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep amber, with slight head. Sweet Scottish malty aroma. Hint of smoke in the taste, but basically it’s your average Scottish sweet ale, a bit of caramel, malty with bitterness popping in at the end.