deduchar (39) - Rhode Island, USA - JUL 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
You will be full after a pint of the Scottish. It is very heavy and weights you down as you drink it. I much prefer the flavors and fun of the Christmas Ale. Rock out to some Scottish if you like a real heavy beer.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz. bomber thanks to Porterhouse. Clear dark amber color with a small beige head. Malty, caramel aroma with a touch of hops. Toasted malt flavor that turns quite bitter with the hops on the finish.
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 4, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer was confusing to our mouths. The aroma was very enticing, but the taste just didn’t hold up. This is one of the last winter beers we’ll be reviewing this year. Gritty’s Scottish Ale pours a dark amber color with a small, fizzy light-brown head. Virtually no lacing with minimal head left after dissipation. Sparkling body. Aromas are of moderate strength cookie malts, light yeast, something like grape or raison (couldn’t quite put my finger on it) and alcohol. Initial flavor was sweet with a slightly bitter finish. Light to medium mouthfeel, this beer is a little heavier and well-suited for the winter months. Oily texture and lively carbonation combine for an interesting finish.
GirlyBeer (190) - Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA - APR 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark amber with a tan, foamy head. Light hoppy aroma. I think this might be my first scottish ale, so I have no reference point for some of these comparison. Flavorful, malty, hoppy, a tad sweet. Feels good in the mouth. An average ale, a beer I will enjoy drinking slowly this evening.
caddystout (3) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 17, 2006 does not count
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
light amber gold, thin white head. I’ve never had a scottish ale before, and i wasn’t blown away, but it was kinda tasty. mouthful was sort of a sweet, creamyish maple flavour. A little taste of scotch, but then i’m probly just saying that becuse it’s Scottish Ale. not really a veary complex flavour, and it dosn’t say "drink me! drink me!" like other beers. but hey 6.3% is cool with me.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 1, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Both Sweet and Bitter at the same time. Kind of reddish yellow. This brew is relatively refreshing and drinkable, but not as good as other Scottish Ales i’ve had. This offering from Gritty’s surprised me a bit for being slightly under part for them.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle via trade with porterhouse! - Thanks Kevin! - Pours amber with a creamy offhwhite head that stayed pretty well and laced some. Aromas of caramel, yeast, and a touch of smoke. Flavor is earthy, caramel, yeast, malty. Palate is light and airy but enough body to satisfy. Drinkable brew but nothing too outstanding.
OldGrowth (2421) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Julio’s. Best enjoyed before 10/06. Ok nose, sweet. Caramel, pumpkin, wheat bread, little sourdough yeastiness. Good head that faded to minor ring. Clean brownish orange color. Bittersweet flavor, like aroma, but earthier. Medium body, oily creamy mouthfeel, lite fruity bitter finish. I don’t know, just didn’t leave me wanting more.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2006
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Any first impressions?
-A thick, airy foam slowly dissipates on the fiery, yet sombre scarlet.
-Mineral effusions mar the nose’s first appeal.
-Earthy hops healthily contribute to the baccate caramel maltiness.
-The mouthfeel is appropriately carbonated in order to convey the desire for a rich session.
What if you dig deeper?
-The resinous hop bitterness is subtle at first, but builds up as the sips stack up.
-The fruity, earthy maltiness is somewhat simple, but it suits the beer’s needs perfectly.
-Grassy hops and toasted malt sweetness finally pierce the aroma once the mineral unpleasantness has evaporated.
-A very capable scottish ale which won’t turn many heads, but will satisfy most of those looking for a dance of many liters with the style.
Bottle; best before December ’06.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2008 Pours copper with a white head. Smells malty with some tea elements. Taste is tarte and malty with some weird molasses like notes.