muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 31, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark port, with a medium head that does a slow decay into a stable cream ring. Strong nose of whisky, vanilla, and wood; bit too much alcohol there. Wonderful complex flavor, extremely malty and smooth/flat with just some hints off piney hops at the end, butterscotch alcohol vanilla and bark within. Very smooth but long finish. I loved this and it seems seriously underrated to me.
Crit (3245) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2005 Brown,thick tan head.rich malt/alcohol nose.Bland malt flavor with medium alcohol heat.
This was a very old bottle, would like to re rate
Re Rate Aug 29/05:Sparkling amber,small fast fading beige head.Malt and alcohol nose.Complex malt flavor. Great body, chewy
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty aroma, very dark in color. Mouthfeel is buttery and bubbly. Not much of a finish, I was expecting a little more of malty sweet finish. Pretty good beer, not notable.
CapFlu (4363) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a big head and deep red body. Scent of toffee and roasted malt. Taste of sweet malt and alcohol, but not too much. Very Nice!
Bov (9050) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 4, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
red-amber colour, big head, deep licorice and rum aroma, prune, alcohol, very smooth, sweet with a late robust bitterness
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2005 New 2005 bottling:
Roasted malt decorates baccate fruitiness. Alcohol heat is present but subdued, warming up the peppery berries.
A full, slick body is nagged by low yet pinching carbonation. Black grape vanilla and fieldberry sweetness gives most of the flavors here, with a low caramel presence for the style. Some roasted malt roams around, but doesn’t play an important role. A very good beer, but too expensive because of the (quite nice) whisky tube packaging. It also needs some polishing before reaching excellence, some more caramel malt depth and more gentle carbonation, amongst other things. This isn’t that different from the older version though, as I came to the exact same points and very similar comments after all these years without checking my notes on it
Patience is a noble virtue.
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice mahogany color with a big head. Roasted malt and toffee aroma. A full bodied beer with butterscotch, malt and alcohol flavors. A really nice beer in my book.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet smelling. Auburn, huge head. Malty flavour, sweet after taste. Great mouthfeel, tongue tingle. Really good.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The best of the three McAuslans I had recently, but that miay not be saying much. Aside from some odd cough syrupy notes, its a pleasant enough scotch ale but, well, there are just so many better ones out there!
Gooner (136) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2001
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is an excellent Scotch Ale. Very similar to Neustadt Scotch Ale. A bit stronger in the alcohol department, and a bit sweeter compared to the Neustadt. I enjoyed this a lot. I will buy it again.