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From beer novice to beer geek, everyone loves this beer! This is what Scottish ale is supposed to taste like. The Scottish traditionally do not use a lot of hops in their beers. This is a carmel/malty beer with a slightly nutty roasty component. Amber in color. OG=1.058 / FG=1.020 / 20-IBUís / 5% alcohol

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4363) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 21, 2012
473ml can pours amber in color with a finger of off-white head that leaves only small hints of lacing. Aroma is caramel malts with pine and hints of smoke and earthy hops. Taste is caramel malt sweetness with the pine and slight smoke and an earthy hop bitterness. Medium body and light carbonation. A nice Scottish style ale, but the ABV is a little low for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Amber with full silky head. Slightly smokey presence atop an amber malt background. The body exudes and easy maltiness accompanied by some sweet candied notes. Straightforward and simple Scottish-style brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zymurgeist2 (1104) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Pours a deep, clear copper with an off-white head that lingers and has nice lacing. Beautiful, rich caramel malt aroma. Well rounded full, chewy malt. Nice bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Can:   Deep amber, hazy, moderate frothy light beige head, sparce lacing.   Malty nose, a little toasty, somewhat mealy, slight forest notes... like sweetened pine or something.   It actually kind of reminds me of sap on a pinecone.   Very interesting.   Tangy semi-sweet maltiness on the tongue.   Again with the pine tree and/or pinecone.   It actually lends itself well.   Not much in the way of peat or campfire.   Remains malty flavored on the finish, but its not overly heavy.   I like this one, a little different but also unique.   Finish is slightly nutty, with a little bit of cocoa.   Yeah, pretty tasty if you ask me!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (6004) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Clear amber color/ ivory head. Mild spicy caramel, earthy hop aromas. medium body. Spicy sweet smoky caramel flavors with a smooth finish--not bad

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6251) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2011
16-oz can. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a dense and creamy tan disc of mousse on top. Mild brown-bread malt and gingerbread nose. Creamy medium body with subdued carb. Brown bread and gingerbread mid-palate. Mild finish. Pleasant, but a bit dull. More like the indifferently made browns that plagued that style for years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5624) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2011
Nose is of caramel, brown bread notes, nutty notes, and light green apples. Pours darker amber, creamy head for a while that settles. Flavors of toasted nuts, caramel, green apples, and light dry roast. Caramel apple finish. Smooth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (11491) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Can from Malt & Vine. Pours hazy amber with a creamy/fizzy near beige head. Aroma of rich, sweet caramel. Med body. Flavor is malty, something like unbitter walnut, and very little hop. Good, arguably true to style, but nothing outrageous. Cries out for imperialization. I can taste that in my dreams. This is a good foundation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shamelessjames (8) - California, USA - AUG 4, 2011 does not count
There isnít much nose but that is probably a good thing. It is definitely one of the better American brewed British styles that Iíve had in a can. As expected it is nicely malted. The hops are a little bright but again more "Scottish" than others Iíve had. That is it was nicely flat on the end. Itís also has whiskey overtones. The carbonation was a little too crisp but again, coming from a can as opposed to cask (for example) it is probably a necessity. Pairings are pretty simple. The carmel overtones match nicely with dark slow cooked meat or fried foods. You can probably get a little adventurous with cheese. Standard British styles are good but I think there are some younger cheese with strong noses that work. Also feel free to drink this with dessert as long as the fruit isnít too acidic. Figs come to mind but a very ripe peach would also work. Sweet biscuits, chocolate, cream or mint will all work great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
skoisirius (1761) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Not much of an aroma, but definitely smells malty. Was not expecting so much smoke on this, but it was smokey, and lots of brown sugar going on. Flavors donít seem to meld together completely well, but it still works enough. Decent brew.

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