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 (2158) - 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 (815) - 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.
Indra (2607) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 9, 2001
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2005 An American Scottish ale/Porter hybrid style. Deep red color, smoky and sweet malt definitely the dominant taste overall. Not too heavy, more session strength. Notice how on the label the dog is saying ’No Censorship’, that is because the label originally said ’No Shit’, like the picture here. Stupidly, the six-pack cardboard container itself still had the uncensored version on the sixer that I got.
’Good people drink good beer...’ How true. 8)
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2000
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another ’DOG’ beer. PLEASE! Besides the gimmicky name, this is a pretty decent Scottish Ale. Deep amber color; enduring, fluffy head; very sweet, rich malt nose with some mild hoppiness perceived; smooth, creamy body with a roasty, yet sweet dominating malt taste; mild hop bitterness creeps in at finish. Worth a try.
Jimmylib (169) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2000
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20