jcwattsrugger (11315) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
on tap-pours a light tan head and amber color. Aroma is medium malt-sweet, ?, secondary hops. Taste is medium malt-sweet, syrupy, secondary hops. OK carbonation.
hopscotch (9893) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft... GBOA ’06... Textbook amber ale with a large, frothy, khaki head. Excellent retention. Malty, sweet nose with notes of tropical fruit, maple syrup and toffee. Medium sweet, lightly bitter flavor with lots of toffee, caramel and just a hint of maple syrup. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Lengthy, bittersweet finish.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a decent beer but nothing spectacular. It did not taste like a Scottish Ale as listed.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A lightly sedimented but transparent, rich amber color with a thin, bone-colored head. Tons of rich, crystallized sugar and caramel in the nose with some tropical hops and fruity malt and alcohol all there. Flavor has many but not all of the aroma components and the sweetness is balanced by a dry, burnt caramel and a smack of bitterness. The alcohol, malt, and bitterness all trail into a long finish. This is an extra fine interpretation of a Scotch ale.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5188) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2014 I am not a big fan of this brewer and this is the first time I have had this beer. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark mahogany color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma if fruity and hoppy. The flavor is bitter floral hops with molasses, ripe fruity and dry chocolate. Despite the strong hops this beer has a rather "Belgian" character to it. It hides the 9.3% alcohol quite well.
GregClow (2937) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with tupalev & jerc - courtesy of tupalev. Orange-amber colour with a tiny head. Moderate hops and a bit of chocolate on the nose. Flavour is a bit grainy, with mellow hops, fairly average and non-descript. Hard to believe it’s 9.3%!
Gorbalev (2980) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, as Red Ryder Big Beer, shared with GregClow and Jerc. Dark orange/red, small orange’ish head. Mild sweet malt aroma - some alcohol. Decent sweet alcohol taste, but 9.3%? Tastes 6% tops, so it is either well hidden or misrepresented. But the whole thing is unfortunately bland - there’s nothing here, just some alcohol and some malt. Drinkable though.
jercraigs (8220) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2008 2008-05-18. Ruby tinged brown body struggles to offer a small film of an off white head, but looks great otherwise (3+) Sweet sugary malt aroma, light boozy undertones. Flavour is simple, similar sweet sugary caramel malt notes. Warming boozy finish disturbs the peace a bit, and is on the high end of acceptable. Medium bodied palate suits it, lightly carbonated. I enjoyed this but it could get boozy quickly I think. Simple, but nice. 7/3/7/3+/15+ - 3.6 On tap at Pizza Plant, Transit Road, Buffalo
<P>February 2006. As Red Ryder. Ruby brown body, not much of a head. Bit of a grainy tang in the aroma - rye? Grainy malt, sort of sweet with a dry bite, alcohol is pretty much non-existent. I am skeptical of the 9.3% label. Palate is a touch light. Pretty non-descript but pleasant enough. 7/3/7/2/14 - 3.3 Tasting at GregClow’s
blankboy (6400) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear bubbly reddish amber with a large diminishing foamy off-white head. Mild aroma of sweet malt, fruit and alcohol. Flavour, also mild, is malty along with some oak but not much hops to speak of. Not flavourful enough for a Barley Wine in my opinion. Alcohol is well hidden. Light bodied. It’s O.K., enjoyable enough I guess.
Nate (3800) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2007 As Red Ryder Ale. Has a nice hoppy nose. Very fruity with some apricot and cherries. Good malt sweetness with an underlying layer of funkiness to it though - mild enough not to be off-putting. Diacetyl and cocoa powder, orange blossom. Deep mahoghany clear liquid, with thin off-white lacing head. Medium-heavy watery body with light to medium carbonation. Goes back easy with a bit of alcohol warming. Starts with medium sweet maltiness and a bit of diacetyl. Light biscuit and orange blossoms. Hops come in with good fruity character but impart only a bit of bitterness overall. Good balance to the finish, leaving a papery dry and nutty after. Smooth drinking and the alcohol doesn’t hit you until half way through. A decent ale, but lacks a certain oomph.