theisti (3475) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 1, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle generously given to me by a friend. Best enjoyed by Month 06 Year 11 notched on the label. Pour is a slightly hazed golden orange with a pretty two inch dirty white head. The head falls with nice lacing. The aroma is a nice soft peatiness and a light mineral earthiness. Under the peat is a nice clean toasted maltiness. Taste starts with the earthy peat character, and moves quickly into sweet maltiness and finishes with a decent blast of diacetyl. This clears a bit as it warms, but remains in the long finish. Palate is medium bodied, slick oily mouthfeel and the fake butter finish. Iíll try this one again, I liked the initial nose - hope its a bit of an off bottle.
madvike (3095) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from nuplastikk...thanks Greg! Pours rosy copper with a thin off-white head. Smells of maple syrup, grain, and a bit of sour malt. Taste is lactic, grainy, watery, and sour nuttiness. Pretty watery overall...not that impressive.
jake65 (2885) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black Hills Beer Fest - Muddy copper pour with a small sandy head. Musty malt and floral scent, but not quite earthy. Taste gets in some peat, malty sweetness, and bitter florals. Now the earthiness comes forth. Not bad.
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Black Hills Beer Fest. Pours a golden copper color. Good middle of the road brew. I wouldnít buy it but I wouldnít turn it down if someone offered me a bottle.
Mora2000 (5931) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Thanks to a77cj7 for sending me this bottle.
The beer pours a dark golden color with a white head. Not quite what I expected from a Scottish Ale.
The aroma is toffee and grain, but it is very faint. There is hardly any aroma at all when the beer is cold. As it warms, a little bit more aroma comes through but still not enough to really get a read on what the beer smells like.
The flavor is more prominent than the aroma but it is still not an in-your-face experience. I get some toffee and bready malts, as well as some grassy hop notes. I donít get any of the peat or smoke notes that are common in some Scottish and Scotch ales.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
hero12 (183) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a pale copper color. Nose of bread, yeast, and alcohol. Taste is the same, some weak malt flavor. A lot of carbonation, light bodied, no notable finish.
nuplastikk (5071) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Orange-tan color. Big soapy off-white head. Toasty, bitter aroma. Mellow, balanced, quite sessionable. Creamy smoked malt aftertaste. Not as heavy on the dark malts, which is quite nice for an American Scottish Ale. The smoke is well integrated, certainly not overwhelming. Enjoyable, well executed beer.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose of some green apples, light smoked malts, toast, and caramel. Pours hazy amber, not much in the way of head or lace. Green apple, caramel, light smoked malts. Medium carbonation, somewhat sweet/dry finish. Easy to drink.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma - starts out on the metallic side of things, a bit of dirty penny actually. Wet grass clippings come out about 2-3 minutes after the pour. Also smells a little like spent malt. Light smoke finally comes out after hitting itís stride.
Appearance - the beer bours out a medium amber/cream soda colored hue, with an initial 1" off-white head. The head quickly melted down to a wispy existance, scummy bubbles clumping on top.
Taste - light malt body, a touch of fruit but rather uninspired.
Palate - medium bodied with a nice, smooth velvety mouthfeel. Finish is pretty quick.
Overall - decent drinker, but far from spot on to style I think. Lacking body and flavor. And another huge thank you from pfoxyjohn for this one. Thanks!
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another beer I picked up on my last trip to the midwest.
It pours a crystal clear coppery brown with a thin ivory head. It smells of sweet earthy malt, lightly smoky and lightly sweet.
The taste is no surprise as it mirrors the smell. Earthy and sweetish, hops way in the background here. I like the smoky flavor that they get in this beer, a lot of brewerís downplay that aspect of Scottish ales. (I find later that they do use Rauch malt.)
Body is a touch light but itís plenty drinkable. Iíve had better but itís still a fine Scottish ale.