Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of BelgianBeerGal. Pours an almost clear amber with an off-white head. Sweet caramel, nuts and yeast in the nose. Medium body, caramel, a little roast and a vague whiff of smoke. Very discreet hops. 280110
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Full Sail Brewing Company--Keelhauler Scottish Ale--Brewmaster Reserve 2009--22 oz. Bottle--6.80% ABV--45 IBU’s. (4.75 / 5.0) Scottish Ale-- Dense rich lacy off white tan head. Clear dark bronze red brown color. Mild peat hint toasted mild cocao floral hop malt front. Dry sweet malty toasted caramel robust crusty earthy Scottish body. Dry mild citrus hoppy spicy Scottish end. Sampled 4/1/2009. $4.99 Each.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The most brilliantly and artfully polished mahogany stands before me in full regalia, glinting with deep streaks of garnet and amber. Crowned by a thin khaki ringlet, a delicate necklace adorns while no amount of aggravation can ruffle her deep depths. Sweet and malty beckons while burnt sugars and charred wood looms in the background. Maple, toffee, and treacle crunch with crystallized perfection while cinnamon sticks aromatize. There is a dank dry essence of dead leaves crumbling under my feet as I wander lazily through orchards of red apples. Quite intriguing, I tilt my glass high for a deep draw of the Keelhauler. Clean, sweet, and of a delightfully sessionable weight. Maple, toffee, and treacle crunch sweetly beneath my teeth while their rich dark sweetness melts into brown sugar and cinnamon. A faint dryness lingers atop my tongue while wood and dry leaves sit squarely in the back of her palate. In the middle is a vast orchard of the finest red apples, ripe for the picking, their essence tainting the air around me. Meeting up with the dry wood and leaves in the background is fresh tobacco ready for rolling. Her finish never lingers long, making for a clean and delicious quaffing session that starts sweet with caramelized sugars, hits the middle with fresh crunchy apples, and finishes with dry wood, leaves, and tobacco.
Interestingly different, make no doubt the Keelhauler Scottish Ale Brewmaster Reserve 2009 was also quite tasty. I never know what to expect sometimes when I come across a Scottish Ale. Even with a defined style, there is still so much room for innovation and inspiration; a fine offering indeed.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice pour, deep red, thin white head, great clarity. From there it went downhill, to many hops, not enough body, needed more malt complexity to it. I thought this came out more like an ESB or Amber then a scottish, the hops were citrusy and overpowering, leaving it a bit oily. Malts give caramel and biscuit, but not enough of them. A touch of peat would have been nice.
Trev (1840) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a nice amber brown with a medium off white head.
Aroma is rich caramel malt and dark fruit/ fruitcake and a hint of spice.
Flavour is sweet toffee and caramel maltiness, a touch light in the body perhaps. Again with hints of dark fruit and a light earthy resinous bitterness in the finish.
Great price though!
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle). Dark brown color. Small tan head. Malty aroma and flavor with light alcohol. Avg duration. Light alcohol finish. Thin texture. Moderate carbonation. Spare lacing.
drjay44 (2481) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a thick, gradually diminishing, light beige head, with heavy lacing, over a slightly cloudy, coppery amber (SRM 15) body......nose is medium malts, with toffee, caramel, dominating, bit of coffee layers in.....taste is sweet malts (toffee, caramel) to start, then a bit of dried fruits (cherry, raisin) finishing with a rather sharp coffee/hop bitterness, which lingers.....mouth feel is medium to heavy, carbonation makes a creamy tasting. This beer has some of the characteristics of a "Wee Heavy" but does not have enough complexity in the malt back bone (minimal fruit, not enough caramel/toffee) to really meet the style. Additionally it has much too hop bitterness in the finish. The overall effect is an American interpretation of a Scottish Ale.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Toasty marshmallow aroma, clear mousey brown, thick dense sandy head. Malt bomb, little ashy, toasty wood, dries out in the finish.
dchmela (2559) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish copper pour. Sweet malt, earthy hop and nutty aroma. Roasty malt taste, some sweetness. Average brew.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 8, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bottle - pours a clear amber color with smallish light tan head. Aroma is nutty, with toasted caramel and chewy malts, hint of bourbon. Flavor has toasted malts, light caramel, touch of oak, bit metallic in the finish. Overall this is fairly average.