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This is an ale made in the tradition of the great strong ales of Scotland. Amber colored, malty sweet with underlying note of smokiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
naturallight (2) - USA - SEP 22, 2005 does not count
A dark amber that does not go down like a dark amber. Though rather sweet, it is not enough to distract from the enjoyment of this smooth beer. From the tap is the best way to drink it, although I have only had it out of a bottle a few times. It is best served ice cold, but even after sitting in the Arizona heat for a while, it is drinkable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Thanks go to either Beerhandy or FlacoAlto who both sent packages that arrived on the same day. Very sweet aroma and no smokiness at all. Almosts mells like mango juice which I have to assume wasnít intended. Dark amber color with a huge head that fades to nothing in short order. Very light with, finally, a touch of smokiness and a dash of caramel, but scant else and little intensity in the present flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4401) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2005
Light brown color with a thin head. Aroma is odd... it seemed like smoke, but more like smoke from a grass fire than a wood fire. The taste was very heavy on the malt and had the dry finish I expected. Slight alcohol burn on the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4178) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Doughy diacetyl aroma - almost Bohemian Pilsener. Good coloring. Not sweet at all. A definite spike in the bittering, doughy, peaty, quick crisp finish, although some tannic qualities linger on. Not ale-y enough, but well-balanced and very drinkable. Initally served ice-cold at a Phoenix, AZ resort, I expected it to get a little bit more caramel as it warmed, but it didnít. This almost reminds me of an alt. Good, drinkable, but just mildly Scottish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 4, 2005
This beer sits a brilliantly clear, amber-ruby color in my glass. It is topped by a 1 finger thick frothy, tan colored head that is held up/ generated by a fairly strong level of carbonation. The aroma is malt dominated with notes of caramel, toasted bread, a hint of chocolate, perhaps a hint of peat smoke and just a dash of fruitiness. The beer tastes of a caramel sweetness that shows up from start to finish. There is also a nice level of fruitiness here, perhaps reminiscent of raisins, cherries, and even some hints of strawberry. The finish is dry, despite the malt sweetness, and has a hint of astringency that seems to be derived from the wisp of peat malt that was used in this beer.

There is also a nice level of hop bitterness in this beer that adds just enough bite in the finish to help balance the malt. I also think that some of the fruitiness found in this beer is from the flavor hops used. This is a nicely quaffable brew, and it has a fair amount of complexity for a beer of this strength.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jayb0 (1029) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2005
uhm, super smooth, somewhat straightfoward amber. What makes it a scottish ale is a bit unclear to me. There is maybe a hint of smoky wood character. Other than that this is a Scot thatís been living too long in the desert. Iím taking major points off for style issues as opposed to drinkability, which is really not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2010 I did not sense any Scottish peat smokiness. Good round mouthfeel made me think of pears or melon, like a German dark wheat. Amber to brown, taste of malt with sweet finish.// rerated draft in phoenix ... mouth feel still striking ... slightly better than I remembered.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2005 Another good beer on the sampler platter. Nice amber color to it and had some good carbination. Sweet aroma and flavor to it. Will have to go back and have a full glass. Rerate: Detected a malty musty bar odor and sweet. Amber body and decent head. Not overly sweet and a maly back bone to the beer flavor. Clean and smooth on the palate. Also had this on cask in Tempe; Had a great aroma of a wooden barrel. Body was dark amber with off white head. A wooden alcohol flavor. Just glad the alcohol wasnít overdominate. Smooth on the palate an enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Clear amber color with thin head and no lacing. Stinky sour malt nose. Sour malt flavor with some alcohol warming. Not that great. Maybe the bottle was bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rudolf (2341) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Rich malt, plum, dusty malt, faint alcohol. Flavor has some plum, dark brown sugar, light roasty finish. Great body.

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