MartinT (8030) - 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 (6354) - 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.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown appearance, medium head with quick dispersion. Aroma is malty , very caramel. Flavor is sweet and similar to aroma, but a little saccharin. Malty finish.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2010 (Bottle, best before 12/06) Pours a deep coppery amber with a thick soft biscuit head. Great presentation. Nose fairly muted, but some sweet honeyish malt aroma. Nice lacing, thinnish. Mouthfeel is light, but also full and smooth at the same time. Good malty flavor, moderately sweet and honeyish. Nice hop bitterness in finish. Very good. UPDATE 2/16/10 (22 oz. bottle) Flavor is sort of a strange mix of butteriness, chocolate, licorice and an off-putting sort of vegetal note. Not so very good this time. Final rating is an average of the two ratings.
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 22oz bomber from my local Shaw’s. Dark amber/red translucent body with a half an inch of off-white head. Aroma is weak, but hints at roasted malt and hop. Roastiness dominates the flavor, not like a porter, but a roasted malt nonetheless. Medium-bodied. Flavor and mouthfeel are not overwealming, thus this is a really drinkable brew for the style. While not the best Scottish ale I’ve had, it’s a good one from one of my favorite breweries. I’ll be having this one again, sure.
argo0 (11595) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle, best by 10/06) Small beige head atop a clear nut brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, peach syrup, some molasses. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, peach, melon, some earthy, orange, butterscotch, faint peat. Medium body with a bit of stickiness, nicely drinkable. Malts may be the primary flavors, but the hops definitely make themselves known.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004-2005 bomber shared with Muzzlehatch at the "Crappy Maine beers plus two random Belgians and a Cider" Tasting on 5/22/2005. Dark amber-light-tan colored body, some auburn tints. Small white head is gone in no time, no lacing. Chill haze to the body, not altogether completely filtered. Caramel, light nutty hops bitterness and butterscotch in the nose. Flavor is light diacetyl, standard caramel-toffee, candied oranges, and some light citrus bitterness on the end. Reasonably well-extracted malt providing a medium to medium-full body makes this one enjoyable. Lightly chewy mouthfeel with some thinning on the end as it warms.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle shared with the Master of Disaster, ClarkVV at his parents’ palatial chalet in Belfast Maine. Hazy dark amber with a tiny ring of foam...creme brulee dominant in nose with some nice earthyness and a touch of wet hops for balance...thick molasses in the body, bit of orangy fruitiness and acidity, very full, dry hoppy quite long finish. A surprise, honestly, I wasn’t expecting much.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. best before jan 05 bottle: Sweet caramel, grainy nose, hints of perfumey hops. Copper amber hue. Thick rocky poale tan head. Great subtle smokey, toffee-ish malts, light to medium body, woody, earthen slightly dry hop ending. Quite clean and rounded feeling. A nice brew, but nothing big or bold here. Very drinkable and great winter offering.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the 22oz bomber.
Pours a nutty copper with a thick creamy tan head. Quite lacy. Smell is malty and syrupy. Bitter aromas and spicy. I detect a hint of saltiness.
Taste is not nearly as dynamic as the smell. It is malty but only lightly spicy. A bit chewy but mostly really creamy and smooth, especially for a scotch ale. Doesn’t have the smokiness or body I like in a scotch ale but it is pretty tasty and damn smooth. Not their best by a long shot but a serviceable ale from Gritty’s.
EDIT: Ok that bomber I had may have not been up to snuff. I have had subsequent 6-packs that have been much more flavorful and rich. Still not fantastic but better than I thought before.