dmschefke (570) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep amber orange with thick off-white head. Aroma pretty mild, but mostly of malt and sweetness. Flavor matches with the addition of dried fruits. Pretty bland in the world of old ales and way too much malt in this without the bite.
TheBeerGod (5284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - courtesy of Braudog. Thanks Matt! Coppery amber pour with a short tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, fruit notes and soft brown sugar. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, dark bread, fruit notes and soft brown sugar. Body is medium with a moderate, lively carbonation. Lots of stickiness to this as well. Ends with more caramel, toffee notes, sweet malt, dark bread, ripe fruits and hints of brown sugar.
Darkmagus82 (1729) - - AUG 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 10-1-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a lightly hazed amber copper color with a one finger off white head. The head faded relatively fast to leave a good level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma was heavy of malt and sweet caramel and butterscotch. Mixed with these were lighter aromas of a nuttiness as well as some faint fruit aromas.
Taste – The taste begins very malty with some lighter butterscotch sweetness. As the flavor advances some sweeter tastes of caramel, citrus and a light dark fruit flavor enter the taste. While more sweetness comes to the tongue, it is still on the tamer side in comparison to many Scottish ales. More toward the end some alcohol comes to the tongue as well as a bitter earthy flavor. These flavors when mixed with the alcohol create a malty, slightly bitter, and warming flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly more chewy side with a carbonation level that is on the medium to high side. The chewiness is nice for the style and the flavors, but the carbonation level is a little too high and takes away from the overall feel by keeping all the malty flavors from really soaking into the tongue.
Overall – Not too over the top (too sweet or too boozy) like some Scottish ales, but yet has a very nice flavor. The only thing taking it down some was a poor feel due to the high carbonation. Worth a try though if you get a chance.
milewide (1536) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fine blend of rich, sweet malt with light hops contribution. Fine for the style, and a bit lower ABV than many.
irvineb (9) - - JUN 8, 2014 does not count
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very drinkable, though not a heavy beer, nor does it seem as string as advertised, though is 7.8 ABV. Nice malt flavors.
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Raesmama (23) - - MAY 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really enjoyed this ale. Doesn't hurt that's it's a PA brew . Def must for my collection .
nathan30533 (614) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Just too malty and sweet for my liking. I didn’t really enjoy this one. Take the good with the bad.
BeerandBlues2 (9766) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Mellow Mushroom Oxford. Pours clear dark gold with a medium, frothy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is toast and nutty malt, dates, light peat notes and cooked apples. Flavor is malt dominant with dark fruits, light hops and faint bitterness with a sweet finish. Medium to light body and medium carbonation.
conway (1495) - - JAN 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a thin light tan head. A little light for the style but pretty. Aroma is very generic oat-like malt and some vague sweetness. Taste is fruity sweetness with a roasted malt backbone. Light caramel notes throughout. Smooth palate with very little carb. Pleasant enough but fairly generic.
bkurtz (831) - PERU - JAN 12, 2014
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a clear amber with a smallish head.Tastes a bit like a Scotish Ale, but I found this aqueous and a little astringent with rotten fruit notes. Disappointing.
N3lson1 (216) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
A good dark beer. For a Scottish Style Ale it doesn’t have a heavy scotch taste (not for me). Dark beer with a brown head and good caramel notes.