FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Jayb0 (1002) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2005
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich malt, plum, dusty malt, faint alcohol. Flavor has some plum, dark brown sugar, light roasty finish. Great body.
ghett0yeti (29) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I guess Iím biased because they brew this stuff down the street. Itís much better on tap, and if you live in AZ itís almost impossible to go to a bar and not see Kiltlifter on tap. Sweet, malty, and Iíve seen "smokey" used in some of the ratings and since thatís as close as I can pin point it weíll go with that. Great for those nights you feel like getting laced by something that tastes decent.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Moderate brown with a thin pale head. Little nose. Caramel with no smokiness or the oompf needed for this style.
mds (2201) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. coppy colour with a small white head. sweet caramel malty aroma. flavour is sweet, earthy malt, and a little bit smokey. Finish is crisp and dry. A solid beer.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Nice roasted malt aroma to go along with some light orange zest. Color is amber with a medium sized head. Flavor is mostly caramel based with some smokey notes. Smooth and on the sweet side.