mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - OCT 17, 2001
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
bittersweet, chocolate, tastes like a combination of porter and scottish ale - not a great beer, but enjoyable, with some complexity
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2001
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was quite interesting. Not quite a scotch ale, but not a porter. Smoky flavor with some maltiness and low, but detectable, hoppiness. Great ruby red color and malty aroma dominating. Not a great brew, but worth a try.
The Friar99 (222) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 27, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! This beer is impressive. Beautiful ruby color, changing to brown towards the edge of the glass, good head, and ’roasted’ aroma and taste make this beer a good one.
THE BEER BARON (275) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 27, 2001
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a great Scottish Ale. Very malty with nice aroma.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not quite as sweet as some Scotch ales like Newcastle, but very good. A strong malty flavor and the licorice and chocolate is noticeable but not overwhelming. It certainly isn’t as strong as some, could be my only objection.
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2001
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
More of a porter. The chocolate and licorice can taste deceptively like coffee. Imagine a Guineess, watered down, sweeter, and creamier. Good, but not my favorite.
joet (2228) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 16, 2001
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Perfect start of floral hops and malt and yes, it’s got some of that spicy/peaty/malty Scotch flavor but this is hardly representative of the style. It is on the other hand a mighty fine brew.
fraternie (843) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2001
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty, but not as strong of a malt as some of my favorites of this style. Slightly smokey aroma, very little hopping which hurts the flavor. Thinner than most Scottish Ales, lower in alcohol content, but easy-drinking and average for the style.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 13, 2001
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2004 The brewery that likes to do things ’doggie-style’. Road Dog, is more mutt than pedigree, closer to a porter than scottish ale, but makes for a very satisfying ale.
MainerInExile (41) - Bangor, Maine, USA - MAR 14, 2001
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The description by mike mcneil matches my experience. I don’t know much about the Scottish ale style, so I’m not sure how true to style it is. To me, it seemed a lot like a porter, just not quite as dark. Worth a try.