Brigadier (3475) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle
I found this to be a drinkable beer, though a little disappointing. Perhaps my expectations were simply too high but it was lacking something to put it in the ’beyond average’ category. I could see buying some to ease friends into the world of craft beer but I think there are better alternatives out there for daily drinking.
Aroma / Appearance - A deep brown, almost black, body stands out against the off-white head. There was not much of it - just enough to create a filmy layer over the top. I think there was some carbonation though it was hard to tell with the darkness. Peat, cherry wood and raspberry iced tea stand out against a slightly smoky backbone. I was a little underwhelmed by the lack of complexity in the aroma.
Flavor / Palate - An oaky cherry taste washes across the tongue first. Next comes the taste of unsweetened iced tea (sun tea, not Lipton). A smoky aftertaste brings along with it a trace amount of bitterness. Overall I found the body to be a little on the thin side. It was still easy to drink. All in all I would rate this as a fun beer to try but not one to go out of your way to track down.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light brown/dark amber body with a small off-white head. The aroma is golden raisins, caramel, brown sugar and floral hops. The flavor is caramel, floral, raisins and fairly dry. Medium/light body with soft carbonation and a dry, slightly bitter finish. Terrific stuff.
jasonp (1565) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at Dutch 70’s "Tasting in the Woods; Part Deux". Dark clear red with an off-white head. Overall a very light aroma of grass and caramel. Flavor has notes of caramel, light noble hops, a hint of chocolate, brown sugar and light smoke. Medium bodied with subtle carbonation. Solid but is seems to be missing something, perhaps a little more malty heft.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
TITW Part Deux - 12oz bottle courtesy of artusory. Thanks, Ryan! Medium brownish-red appearance; off-white head; ok lacing. Floral and citrus hop aroma. Tea-like malt presence, some floral hoppiness, light-to-medium mouthfeel. Medium finish, showing maple syrup; slightly dry.
hopscotch (10523) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... TITW Part Deux... Light brown ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The aroma is sweet and nutty with nice notes of chocolate and vanilla. Just a hint of wood. A little too bitter for a Scottish ale, but still solid and malty-sweet. Medium-bodied and creamy with soft carbonation. Finishes bittersweet with a crisp, hop bite. Thanks go out to artusory for sharing the bottle with us!
Sammy (10565) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks jpm30 for this simple bottle of great fresh scotch style. Thick dark brown foam and lace. Taste of light smoke and tabacco, well hopped, nicely malted. Full mouthfeel. Whatever the alcohol, its well hidden.
Nuffield (3953) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2012 At least at the time I’m rating this it has a score of 3.55 and a Style % at 97.1. That doesn’t make sense to me. I would have thought, for sure, that there are a lot better scottish ales out there. There is a poignant smokey moment up front with a generally acceptable level of sweetness (I like ’em sweet so this could be even more) and some caramel base. But the presence of a notable metallic note diminished the enjoyment, with a lingering bitterness. Original rating: 7-3-5-3-11 in 2006 bottle // Re-rated: dense, lasting white head on a dark amber body. Grassy aroma. Fruity--strawberry, cherry--esp. aroma. Sweet with a slightly smoky note. Frothy-ish but lightly astringent, too. 6-4-7-3-13, 2012 (tap at Old Fashioned, Madison): merged ratings to an average.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy deep amber with a thin white head. Aroma is diacetyl with a candi-sugar sweetness and friuty esters. Lots of thick sweet caramel malts, toasted malts, and hints of fruits and chocolate in the flavor with a bit more butterscotch. Finishes with a bit of astringency.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
dark brown pour huge fluffy tan head some nice lace. Some light malts and carmels hints of light nuts in the aroma. Palate is well carbonated w/ a nice coating. Flavor is lactose light touches of carmel a bunch of dry coccoa powder. Not really very good.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2007 Much better than the 3 Floyd’s scottish ale, which seems bland in comparison to Warp Speed. Not as good as dirty bastard. Nice roasty coffee note. I want to try LL reserve scotch ale!!