rob897 (62) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
my favorite brew from my local home brewery, very drinkable brew, great aroma and flavor
BBB63 (5423) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber reddish hue with solid off-white head and good lace. The aroma hints of smoked malts, caramel, aromatic hops, and zesty yeast esters. The taste start malty and sweet but then a good portion of bittering hops comes along and changes your palate. Nice! A smoky undertone makes this a surpisingly complex brew. A really enjoyed the couple I had in Buffalo, too bad the weather was crap.
mstockton (217) - Frankfurt, GERMANY - JAN 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite good. I had this on gravity pull at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY. Strong with a bit of a sweet flavor. A nice bitter finish. Good stuff for the cold weather.
pete4999 (843) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2011 On tap at Sidebar in Buffalo. An orangey/brown pour with a white head. Smells malty, tastes malty as well. It has a sweet taste, hard to put a finger on it. Kinda nutty in the flavor. Creamier mouthfeel than I expected. It wasn’t exceptional, but not that bad.
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish in color, nice Scottish ale.
DYCSoccer17 (3041) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a copper-amber head with small white lacing Aroma is of distinct caramel. Start is hoppy and bitter improving to a mellowing flavor to caramel. Not really balanced. Had on tap.
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Liked this one. Tasted at Alternative brews. A deep coppery red color with a thin white head. As expected, a malt driven beer with hints of peaty smoke in the aroma and tase. Big sweet caramel, toffee malty flavor up front backed up by a smooth, but assertive bitterness and a little warming from the alcohol. Very little in terms of hop flavor. The rich flavors are betrayed a bit by a slightly lighter than expected body, but it was still medium-full bodied.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Buffalo Brewpub: Dark reddish body, small off-white head, malty nose with a hint of smoke. Sweet, malty body with a touch of smoke and some bitterness in the finish.
DaSilky1 (2605) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 poured a dark woodish color with a decent head..it was very malty yet kinda thin tasting, with no real scottish ale flavors and more like an american amber..however, it was decent.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at Clark’s Ale House, Syracuse NY. Awesome aroma of burnt caramel, scotch whiskey and raisins with a beautiful overlay of smoke...dark, oily amber with just a little head that lasts....flavor doesn’t deliver though, bit too harshly alcoholic and, I thought, too hoppy for the style with the smoky malts and caramel sweetness overwhelmed by pine...ehh, still worth trying for the beautiful nose.