suprchunk (1929) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I opened the bottle and poured into my nonic pint. A beautiful, brilliant dark mahogany. Decently sized tan head rests up on top. It takes a bit longer to subside, but when the creamy goodness does fall, it leaves ample lacing on the glass. Almost like shaving cream. The smell on this thing is definitely malty. Almost smells like wort it is so malty. There is some roasted notes and a bit of a smokiness to it. A slightly nutty aroma as well. No hop aroma. As if I thought there would actually be one in a Scotch ale. Smells very good. The guy I traded with is right so far.
Big nutty taste. A bit of tobacco as well. And, of course, malt. Tons of malt. Roasted malt, nutty malt, smoky malt. It’s all there. There is a sweetness from all that malt that is played against the dryness very well. And a dried dark fruit, mostly raisins, taste that is very well placed. There is a slight bitterness, but I’m sure that is from the roasted grains that were probably used in the making of this. Again, no hops are showing up in the flavor or aftertaste. And, again, not very surprising as that isn’t what this style is all about. There is also a slight taste of spices in there. I can’t really place them, and they are very subtle, if they are even there at all. My mind could be playing tricks on me. Geto Boyz!!!
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Darker malts and higher hops make for a Scotch Ale that, as the kids at Burger King say, rules your face. The malts are the stars of the show, roasty and full of deep caramel, yet the hops trim up the fat, preventing the brew from growing saccharine-- you end up thinking of Tasgall as a brown ale in a kilt. Which is perfectly fine, when you think about it. What an original, under-appreciated brew. (12/5/08)
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottled March 4, 2011. Served at cellar temperature.
Pours dark brown with a decent sized tan head that leaves some spots of lacing and holds a light cap.
Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, some light peat/smoke, and some grainy, grassy notes. Moderate to good strength.
Flavor follows with more caramel, toffee, brown sugar, a hint of chocolate, some peat, some herbal notes, a bit of alcohol at the end. Mild sweetness, low bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, smooth, carbonation is on the low end.
Very good Scotch Ale.
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reviewed from notes.
Served in a tulip glass. Pours a moderate brown color with a bit of a light tan head, though not much lacing. The nose is brown sugar, some toasted malt, and not too much else. The taste is about the same and ends up being quite bland. There’s some semi-sweet malt and a bit of toffee. A bit of alcohol in the feel and a decent body. Well made, but not all that great.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-14-2010
drfabulous (3574) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce thanks to TURDFERGUSON. Slighty malty with caramel notes. Nice pour, good carbonation. Nice creamy taste.
GTAEgeek (1028) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours dark brown with a hint of amber. The head is large, tan and pillowy. The aroma is coffee, hickory smoke, pecans, and milk chocolate. The flavor is a musty sweetness up front with a mild bitter finish. The palate is heavy and creamy. Overall, a unique, flavorful beer.
woodychevy (220) - - APR 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2011 Tried as part of a local flight at Thirsty Monk in Asheville. Nice and sweet with chocolate coming through. Well balanced. Lacking a bit in aroma and poured with almost no head- prefer a darker beer to have a bit of a top. Also seemed overly carbonated- almost looked like Coke in the glass. Bit off-putting. Saw a few pints poured after mine that looked better. Would give this one another try. Worth a trip to the brewery itself.
Getbetter (702) - Cucamonga, California, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a tap,medium body,white head,sweet,carmel, taste the high alcohol. NOT A BIG FAN.
TURDFERGUSON (3878) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, can’t believe I have not rated this. Probably my favorite Highland beer they have ever made. Pours dark hazelnut brown with a small off-white head and steady lace. Nose is peat, various hops, bread, chocolate malt, yeast. Oily and slightly chewy mouth feel, with more peat, some smoke, bread, molasses. I remember this beer being a big more roasty in the past, and I find this one to be a bit sweeter with some dark fruit notes going on.
hamilton23 (592) - Alpine, California, USA - MAR 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 22oz bottle. Aroma is typical of a Scotch Ale, tons of peat, some caramel and some smoke. Taste follows the nose. Lots of nice peat flavor, not too sweet. A good amount of smokiness. This is a great little Scotch Ale.