desurfer (1186) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Medium amber body, somewhat fizzy tan head. Bready, hoppy aroma. Some caramel in the flavor, but it is a bit too watery and thin. Finishes dry and slightly sour. Eh.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Slightly sour, toasted malt aroma. Very little head on my bottle. Fruity ringwood flavor, some buttery caramel, but none of the peat malt or chocolate malt one would expect in this style. Thin mouthfeel, crisp, slightly bitter finish. If I didn't know this was a Scotch ale, me thinks it would be and English strong.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask, RAF Chicago 2004: Light orange brown with decent head retention around the translucent edges. Winey malt aroma, with some buttered sourdough, and caramel. Sugary carbonation with an interesting orange peel presence. Finish has some nice bittersweet caramel. Run of the mill, I'd say.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 9, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask. Sweet, sticky, fruity aroma. The flavor was very interesting. Got a lot of croissant with butter-type flaky bready saltiness with a touch of honey. Some maltiness there. Average.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Earthy aroma in the nose on top of a beautiful reddish amber color. Fizzy mouthfeelwith a wonderful malty characteristic. Pretty darn tootin' gwood.
thedm (4850) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chicago Real Ale Fest keg #17 tapped a small head of large sized off-white colored mostly lasting bubbles. The body was transparent uncarbonated and camber brown colored. The aroma was full of red malts true of a Scottish Red ale. The mouth feel was tingly malty and had a mild red hop finish. The flavor was a malt hop mix with a roasted red taste.
hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - MAR 7, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chicago RAF. This beer had a small sized off-white head with fine-medium sized bubbles that mostly diminished. The body was transparent and uncarbonated with a dark orange hue. The nose was malty, caramel and hops. The flavor of this beer was bitter and hoppy with a hoppy mouthfeel. This was a medium bodied beer in my opinion with very sparse lacing.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby in color with a small white head.Huge malt notes, mild caramel and roasted malt character. Starts sweet and ends on the semi-sweet side.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle: Dark orange with a big rocky white head that sticks around for while. Rich malty aroma. Starts sweet and ends a little less for a while until sweetness comes back for the aftertaste. Smooth with light carbonation in the mouthfeel.
Reid (1719) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Comes in the 22 oz brown bomber the label has a half naked Scotsman brandishing a sword ..different.
Beer actually looks very handsome ( though not like any Scottish ale I have seen)..a slightly vibrant brown with a slight haziness topped with a gorgeous off white head..that sinks to leave excellent lacing.
Im rather taken aback by the aroma though..theres something too sweet about it..and it destroys the enjoyment of the malts.
Again with the taste I am confronted with an almost acrid sweetness , like artifficial sweetner) though the beer is saved by a nice creamy , chocolaty taste at the end and a wee bit of hops
Pretty good on the palate after you get rid of the sweetness..its a pretty thin brew really for a Scottish ale.
Pretty average on the drinkability stakes..could have been a lot better.