muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 19, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 ounce bottle from City Market in Burlington, VT (February 2008), consumed a bit below cellar temperature from a Samuel Smiths pint glass. Faintly hazy/translucent dark maple with a voluminous, soft and bubbly off-white head that recedes slowly and laces thickly....light roasty, chocolaty malts are alas somewhat capsized by a strong soapy character in the nose; this fades somewhat after a few minutes and an earthy touch comes in, but the detergent never disappears entirely....the body is earthy, lightly herbal, moderately sweet at the front but drying out considerably at the finish, no trace of hops, light caramelized malts -- and again, unfortunately, a soapiness that really kills it....low carbonation, slick and somewhat oily....fail.
phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle at the RBWG bottle share on Friday night. Pours a deep, clear amber with a small white head. Notes of toasted malts, chocolate, tea, brown sugar, and cardboard. Light-medium bodied, with low to moderate carbonation and a malty mouthfeel. A bit of oxidation from the age, but I donít know this would be a great Scottish ale fresh.
Drake (7840) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBWG14 Trip Rating #70. Bottle shared at the Friday Night Downtown Inn Bottle Share. Pours a clear copper color with a thin frothy head. Decent head retention. Aroma of raw grain, caramel malt, mild herbal hops. The taste is caramel, raisin, grain, tea, floral hops.
jcnielsen (1641) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at RBWG, courtesy of someone. Pours a brown color with white head. Caramel, oxidized, sweet, blah flavors.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle @ RBWG Fart Share. Pours a clear dark orangish appearance with a brown head. Very oxidized, cardboard, caramel aroma. Low carbonation. Toffee. Too old.
DrSilverworm (4742) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Taste from a 22oz bottle. Up front, tastes oxidized. Caramel malt, light metallic. Moderate sweet taste, light bitter. Bigger body for the ABV. Lightly slick, lightly creamy texture Lighter carbonation. OK Scottish ale.
decaturstevo (4620) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown pour with tan head. Aroma of brown sugar and earthy hops. Flavor is light brown sugar and light chocolate. Medium bodied with good carbonation. ok beer
smcolw (529) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
look: 4.5 smell: 3.5 taste: 3.5 feel: 4 overall: 4.5
Huge head for this style (four fingers thick); it recedes gently forming a rocky beige dollop of foam. The color is ruby brown and seems to be clear, although not much light passes through.
Malty nose although in the fairness of this evaluation, Iíve just had a spicy meal and itís hard to get a clear reading.
Strong dark ale malts like Crystal (100 - 200) or Chocolate are the base of the flavor. I like the hoppy finish which gives very nice balance to this beer. It is a very American version of this style because I have never experienced a Scotch ale with this sort of bitterness. Also, there is nearly no sweetness, although it isnít lip-puckeringly dry, either.
Technically, I would say this closer to a Brown Ale, but regardless, I like this beer very much would recommend anyone giving it a try.
hopdog (8450) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Poured a deep amber, almost brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of lighter earth, roast, caramel, and some dark fruits. Tastes of caramel, light earth, roast, and some smoky woodiness.
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is very sweet and fruity with toasted malt, ginger, fruit, chocolate, and spices. The appearance is brown with a medium head. The flavor is like the aroma with a light hoppy finish. The palate is thin. Overall itís a little strange but pretty easy to drink.
sonnycheeba (2955) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours deep amber with thin off-white head; spare lacing. Aroma is cookie and biscuit malt, caramel, and light sour fruit. Flavor is toffee, caramel, and toasted malt. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.