Choke (96) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
By Far My favorite Ale this ranks right up there for my favorite brew, Very Sweet Smooth taste and great after taste....At $11.00 a six pack this stuff is cheap.
turtlehead (111) - Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 30, 2002
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly vinuous aroma and taste with a quickly fading bitterness. Beautiful medium amber color with a slightly off-white head. Light body as well. By far not my favorite Scottish.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like Coca-cola. Deep red/brown colour. Tastes like treacle toffee. Complex, with hints of raisins and port. Nice warming finish.
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2003 re rate - I've noticed alcohol a bit more the last few times so I'm knocking the flavor score down a notch. Still one of my staple beers. Very malty, very molasses like sweetness. I really don't notice the 8% alcohol content at all. I haven't tried other Scotch Ale's, but if they are even slightly better than this one this is a style of beer I'll be drinking for years to come. Re-Rate: Ok, now that I've tried other Scotch Ales, I have a better appreciation for just how good this one is. Downgrading palate and appearance as their is really nothing above average about either, but I'm notching aroma up to an 8 as the sweet, malty, molasses aroma is delicious. Every time I sit down to drink one I end up having four and pay for it the next day.
fraternie (947) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Surprisingly good ale. No bitterness whatsoever and it very easy on the palate. Could have used a little more flavor, but good as is.
Darkover (1529) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2003 Very dark amber. Almost no head. Smooth. I can't taste the alcohol. Long acidic finish. Let this warm a little before you drink it, its much better that way.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 24, 2002
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Incredible appearence! Deep amber-brown colour that becomes a magnificient ruby red when held up to the light! Nice creamy, off-white head with beatiful lacing. Nutty, butterscotch, toffee aroma. The palate is failry thin and the beer has an oily mouthfeel. The flavour is almost bock-like in the fact that it is so well rounded and smooth. It does have the characterisitc fruitness of a Scotch Ale, though(raisins and plums), followed by a nutty caramel middle, leading up to a pleasantly lingering fruity finish. For me, this is the definitive example of a Scotch Ale and it puts Belhaven’s Wee Heavy to shame. This beer shows incredibly restraint for its strength. The 8% ABV is only moderately apparent towards the finish. A classic!!
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAR 22, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Okay, but pretty light and watery, especially considering the alcohol content. I need to add that I’m at a friend’s place at an NCAA basketball-watching party, and I’m actually lame enough to be on his laptop rating brews. On an unrelated note, we opened up my first homebrew tonight. Unfortunately I screwed up the carbonation and it came out terrible. The next batch will be great though!
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2002
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma and flavour reminded me of apple juice and red wind. A different from other scottishes I’ve tried, I wouldn’t get it again.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not bad. It has a nice aroma, and a somewhat rich flavor, but overalll I thought it was watery. Could be much more flavorful.