mr_h (4020) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle at home, from Good Spirits Company, Glasgow - citrus, pine and chocolate aroma, opaque very dark brown, good beige head, good lacing, chocolate, fruity, viscous, soft carbonation, very well balanced, easy to drink
Stuu666 (7806) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Cloisters. Pours deep brown, sweet, light sickly pine, chocolate roast.
nulptr (114) - SCOTLAND - APR 20, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bb 15 Aug 2014 bottle. had this one before on keg (?) at cloisters... intriguing enough to give it another go. pours very dark, tan lacing, initial sips showcase the roasted ’cone which then gives way to treacle, syrup, molasses, dark fruits, hints of nutmeg and grass ... not a wee bit boozy but in a comforting, abt 12 kind of way. complex and rewarding.
zacgillbanks (3568) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. This inky black beer has ruby red highlights. It has deep, rich red fruit, chocolate and spicy fruit flavours with a warming, slight tart fruity finish. Rather like a Belgian Dubbel. Superb!
Beersiveknown (4408) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home from appellation wine, dalry rd
thin cola brown with offwhite lacing. Loads of fresh pithy tangerine, cocoa, Zingy ginger, Belgian esters, full bodirdi, medium carbonatiob, sweet and zesty citrus hops, sweet milk chocolate, dry cocoa toasty finish.
McNeillR (1897) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darkest mahogany, oily beige film head. Bright spicy lychee with a rich nutty treacle. Earthy and vibrant bark, brown paper bag dryness but oily overtones. Finish is odd roasted? Very sweet and slippable with a compost bitterness that catches up with you.
Bottle, Cornelius, Edinburgh
zimbo (807) - SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with some thin orange sparkle. Rich tan glossy head. Roast, Spice & yeast nose. Dry earth,leather, nut and some fur on the palate with a bitter end. Like Old Peculier but with less fruit sap and more edge.
MalcolmTucker (877) - SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg @ cloisters. Dark brown with a thin head. Chocolate, roast, dark berry, wee alcohol kick. Smooth mouthfeel. Very good.
Scopey (9998) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. It pours darkest ruby with a small light tan head. The nose is roasted malt, toast, coffee, liquorice, pine, dark fruit, spice, hay and candy. The taste is bitter-sweet, rich roast, toasted brown bread, coffee grinds, pine, resin, light spice, dark fruit, jammy berry, liquorice, candy and light alcohol with a bitter, roasty finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Really rather flavoursome. Good depth and well balanced. Very impressive stuff.
AshtonMcCobb (4200) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle from Appellation Wines.
Appearance - opaque black with a generous head.
Nose - citrus and pine against a chocolate background.
Taste - more citrus and pine, something medicinal like olbas oil, some earthiness in the background with crunchy honeycomb too.
Palate - medium to full bodied, big challenging texture and a very drying finish.
Overall - I’m not sure this has the underlying nuttiness I would expect from Scotch Ale, probably closer to stout. It’s also very complex but more complex than balanced - but regardless of that, it’s a good beer.