zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2009 (bottle - 12 oz) Sampled from a bottle at Gunnerís Tavern in St. Maryís, PA. Dark red color with a very thin tan head. Aroma is light with some candy sugar, malts, alcohol, and some cherries maybe? Flavor is very interesting. It begins slightly sweet and malty with a very dry middle and an extremely dry finish with a little bit of alcohol and malts.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle compliments of Chris McKim @ the Brew Kettle: Pours medium red/coppery amber and has a short lived off white head. The aroma is sort of lightly vanilla frosting/diacetyl and faintly cherry lollipop like. Not sure how they got that combo (at least not on the cherry end of things), but both are light and uninspiring. c-------.l,uy... Damn cat just jumped up on the key board, so I left it in for S&Gís since that was more interesting than this beer so far. Very light caramel aroma w/ a hint of roast. Flavor is flat on the tongue to say the least. A bit of toasty malt and caramel, very little fruitiness, hints of alcohol. Finish is on the medium sweet side, but the aftertaste is short lived and fairly clean. Well hidden alcohol, lighter medium body, medium carbonation... Mash higher young man! Leave some sweetness and unfermentables in this beer! Not horrible, but for 9.3% ABV, I expected a lot more from this one! As always, I do not look @ styles prior to rating, but this beer was just a big disappointment in a big way!
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Clear amber color with no head. Malty rye aroma. The taste was of sweet rye with mild roasted malts in the back ground. Dry from begining to end. Gave the rest to my dog.
Homebrewerguy (305) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I liked it! Unlike many raters who rate a beer according to their particular taste, I try to rate a beer on itís faithfulness to style. This is a good attempt at a big Scottish Ale. Sweet, not too hoppy, and high in alcohol fits my bill. Luscious hop flavor blended with caramel malts is a winner. Iíd like this recipe.
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on tap at little bar on osuís campus. Poured a reddish hue. Had a belgian aroma and flavor. I didnt expect this to be a scottish ale when i looked on here. It seemed pretty fruity. Not too bad, very drinkable and didnt notice the 9.3%.
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a solid brew. has a cows hide color to it. Huge malts in the aroma. Very big, wet brew, lots of caramel malts in the body.
blkitson (158) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
beautiful red color - very little head. This is quite malty to the taste. Not bad but not the best I had.
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Patís. Ruby pour with minimal tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, some vinous cabernet-like fruit, and some slight rauchy aroma. Medium palate, with the fruity and caramel notes and more heat as it warms.
Dogbrick (11607) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rich dark amber color with a thin bone white head that was gone almost instantaneously. Spotty lacing. Aroma of caramel and malt. Medium-bodied with equal parts malt and fruit flavor. The alcohol is suprisingly hard to detect in the flavor. The sweet malt is pretty consistent throughout. The finish is smooth and sweet, with a mild burnt malt aftertaste. Could be better, but still a bit above average.
cheap (5360) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2006
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
The last scotch ale I drank was McEwans and I didnít care for that one so I am not too excited about this one. I wish Erie would put on the label what kind of beer it was, that would help me choose the ones I like instead of it being a mystery beer. I donít carry around my computer when Iím in the store so I canít look up the beer on the spot. This was a 12 oz brown bottle and on the front it said Red Ryder Big Beer, not ale. Pours almost brown but transparent. Taste reveals hoppy and sweet, very unrefined. Seems to be a bit to alky for me. Terribly offensive taste (just like McEwans!) Finish is like drinking bitter cough medicine. Will not buy again because I donít like Scotch ales. However, if Scotch ales are your thing, you better try it out because it really is a good scotch ale!