asheft (2476) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2006 Clear, dark amber with a yellowy, beige head that forms a thin cover and and good lacing. Aroma is friuty and very butterscotchy from diacetyl with watermelon and green apple notes. Some caramel in the scent as well. Flavour is strong in watermelon that is probably due to something wrong with the hop schedule. This fruitiness is followed by medum bitterness that’s off balance with the lack of residual sweetness that’s expected in a Scottish Ale. Medium body with lots of carbonation and a metallic feel. I wouldn’t reccomend this beer.
[resampled at brewery, 12/2005]
Reddish-coppery and clear with a lasting, thin cover. Sherry, port, alcohol aroma with some cherries and a touch of toasted malt. Sweet and spicy malt flavour with a late toastiness missing the distinctive caramelization that this styple should have. No hops flavour, but significant hops bitterness. Some dried fruit flavours too. Medium body and too sweet, a little astringent and moderate carbonation.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2005 Polar Beer Tour 2005
One of my Gritty’s favorites. Was poured with a dynamic copper body and a cap of white. The aroma was fruity and sweet. Notes of pears, red apples plums, peach and some light hints of raisins mingling in there as well. Sweet and calmly smoky.. molasses and caramel. A fine beer indeed.
desurfer (1209) - 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 (4920) - 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 (4058) - 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.