argo0 (11972) - 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.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
dark amber, thin head, malt aroma with a slight hint of butterscotch, sweet but well balanced malt flavor, just a touch of bitterness in the finish
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
Lubiere (10851) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A dark amber ale with a thin off white head. A strong caramel aroma with notes of vanilla. In mouth, a rather boring ale, with sweet caramel, light hopping, nutty notes, rather cloying sweetness in final. Bottle from Gonzobeer.
daknole (10112) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2008
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from my Vermont vacation. Amber color wtiha small white head. This does not taste like a scottish ale to me. Aroma was fine with malts, honey and some hops. Overall the flavor was just too hoppy for the style. I dont expect this much hop flavor in a scottish.
shrubber85 (8772) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Sweet butter toffee and pepper malt aroma. Dark amber color with small head. Buttery toffee malt with an oak/mild hops finish. Long lasting hops aftertaste. This reminded me more of the Irish ales I’ve had.
DocLock (8400) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours sort of amber glass colored with khaki head. Aroma is bready scotchy malt, caramel, some vinous fruity notes, and some earthy peaty notes. Tastes malty, caramelly, with mild vinous fruit hints, a solid hop presence and some earthy peaty root cellary notes late. I really like this style, and this one was decent.
MartinT (8396) - 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.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a transparent copper orange with a thin froth of stringy-lacing white head. Aroma of slightly doughy sweet malts and some slightly earthy notes. Body starts fairly full and malty sweet with some earthy bittering hop character toward a crisp slightly peaty finish with a hint of tartness. A pretty decent Scottish ale.
blankboy (6444) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber with an average size foamy off-white head. Somewhat mild and sweet aroma of caramel malt, yeast and a hint of hops. Flavour, also sweet and a little watery, of caramel malt, yeast, faint peat and a slightly spicy bitter finish. Medium bodied. A mediocre Scottish Ale.
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.