skoisirius (1814) - Earth, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from Über Tavern in Seattle, WA. Pours somewhat of a cloudy amber with subtle red tones and an off white head. A very nice caramel malt and toffee perfume hits the nose. Subtle hints of figs and alcohol are also present. Starting off with the caramelized malt, the brew moves very smoothly into a deep and rich toffeed and roasted body. Ending the brew comes a nicely done alcohol punch intertwined with a plummy fig note. I really liked this one! A great example of a Scotch ale. Glad Über got ahold of some of these.
SSSteve (3879) - - NOV 11, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
brown, toffee colored beer with floating specks and almost no head. caramel and chocolate in aroma. flavor is all caramel. light-med bodied. lightly bitter, dry, chalky finish with a tangy citrus twist. good stuff.
jazz88 (2577) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. A reddish amber color with a tan head. A strong malty aroma with ripe dark fruits in the flavor. Slightly metallic. Rating from December 2005 notes.
Holdwine (1097) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice bottle. The beer seems a little different from a normal Scotch Ale, but it was worth trying. A little too much alcohol for me. It was right up front and not concealed by the boatload of sweet notes- molasses, toffee, caramel. Then, it went spicy, almost peppery. A good choice, but not a great choice.
bubbleflubber (1893) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice Scotch Ale offering... Pours a deep pecan hue, with a nice head that leaves a thin ring all the way down the glass, with light suds lacing. Molasses, liqueur and toffee to the nose. Bitter toffee flavors to the forefront of the tongue. I pick up vanilla mid-pull, and burnt toast leaning toward the back-palate. This is lightly hopped, well-balanced, accenting the toast aspects of the finish. The mouthfeel is nutty, with slight alcohol notes after the pull has concluded (in the aftertaste that permeates the nose). All-in-all, a good brew here. This is well-integrated, an imposing Scotch Ale, and quite chewy. Prost!
Suttree (5317) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light copper, with an enormous big thick foamy head. Aroma is surgary molasses, with a thick malty, bready note. Smoky earthy flavors up front, then a toasty, bready note, with crisp, peppery finish. Alcohol is apparent, too, almost intrusive but not quite. Purchased at Weinhaus, Asheville.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours hazy orange caramel with off white head. Aroma is caramel, molasses, malt. Flavor is malt, pine, molasses, caramel. Dissapointing.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours a hazy copper surmounted by a ring of foam. There are hundreds of small red specks suspended within. The aroma is sweet and heavy with prunes, figs, caramel and molasses, with a dash of vanilla in there somewhere. The body is medium with light carbonation. The taste is not syrupy sweet as the nose led me to believe, but it does start lightly sweet and you will find some nuts, molasses, fruit, citrus and burnt toast. The lingering finish is dry, spicy and grapefruit bitter.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a brilliantly clear, dark, ruby amber color. The head is topped by a frothy, tan colored head that quickly disappears to a ring of froth. The aroma is rich with candied, caramelized malt notes that evoke thoughts of dark, concentrated fruit. Notes of prunes, raisins and figs are prominent, in fact these seem to be the dominant aromatic notes. The fresh malt is not to be left out though, notes of molasses, a touch of maple syrup, and rich caramel. I really like the caramelized dark fruit character of the aroma. Such concentrated notes of malt and fruity are quite a welcome aural greeting.
Rich fruit notes greet my taste buds from the get go, sweet concentrated notes of plum move to full on prune as well as enticing notes of fig. The beer finishes with rum like notes of alcohol and sweet, yet fermented molasses. Something here definitely reminds me of a sticky, yet fully caramelized sticky bun. I also can’t help but think a dark, darker than I have ever had, brown sugar. While the malt notes are rich and concentrated, this beer still manages to finish a bit on the thin side, though only at times. A touch of roasted, slightly burnt flavors add a touch of balance and even bitterness to the finish of this beer.
<font size=-4>Purchased: <a href=http://www.58degrees.com/>58 Degrees & Holding Co., Tucson, AZ<font size=-1>
dwyerpg (4703) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 17, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I thought this was both an excellent beer for the style and in general. A very nice aroma, with a pretty red, not black, color. Initial taste is a little chewy and malty; then it gets a very very dry finish. A nice Scottish beer (the wee heavy’s usually are).