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
very dark, scant head, sweet malt aroma, good sweet malt flavor with assertive hops, good cascade hop aftertaste
Score: iii to ii
dark ruby, frothy tan head, strong malt aroma, rich malt flavor, touch of sweetness, slightest hint of bitterness or smokey peat 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.
Goodgrief (1824) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - AUG 17, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
July 2005 - Dark pour with no head or lacing. Had a rich malty flavor and was pretty sweet. I never would have believed this was a scottish ale. Had a touch of the cough medicine flavor that was present in the awful dunkelweizen. I wouldn’t go back to this one.
Dogbrick (8907) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the Pittsburgh location. Brownish-amber color with a medium light tan head and thin lacing. Aroma of toasted malt and caramel. Medium-bodied and on the sweet side with earthy malt and chocolate flavoring. Some mild hoppiness is in the background too. The finish is lightly bitter hops and a touch of caramel. Pretty straightforward and good.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
As with all John Harvards beer, I have no idea if this is where it should be, but whatever. Tap at the Lake Grove location. Garnet tinted dark brown beer. Thin tan head. Sweet nutty aroma, dark rye toast, woody Fugglesish aroma and some dusty UK malts as well. Flavour is much fruitier than it probably should be with abundant cherry/berry flavours mixed with the deep dark toffeeish malts. Lingering earthiness with a touch of brown sugar sweetness.
Aurelius (4505) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Jeez, John Harvard’s got a crapload of beer. I’m going with this one since it’s got the most ratings and was only identified as ’Scottish Ale’. Pittsburgh. Clear, dark walnut stain coloring with no head. Dry, cereal malt aroma, which would be fair enough for another style, but the complex aroma is a hallmark of Scottish ales, so dings here. Light creosote and patent malt. Dry, lightly tart. Boring. Medium body. Tartish roast finish with faint chocolate.
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this one in early 2005 with a colleague from Germany. Poured standard dark brown with red tinted edges. Mouthfeel was thin and the flavor was somewhat sweet with burnt coffee shining through. I’d have it again, but I wouldn’t seek it out.
scoobyluv (510) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
nice rich amber color. surprising dark.. fruit nose. didn’t taste like the smoke flavor mentioned in the description but did taste like malt. goes well with cod thoiugh,
bb (7052) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Dark copper beer, off white head. Malt aroma. Nutty flavor, some malt and a bit of spice - just a hint of peatiness. Just a little thin.
DocLock (8184) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Wayne, PA location. Poured coppery/brown. Aroma of malt, toffee, caramel, cognac. Tasted malty, with a caramel/toffee/marzeny finish. Light palate.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 22, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep, dark red. Light nose, bit peaty. Very full and creamy. Not particularly Scottish, not much peatiness or smoke. A mite empty.