rader58 (791) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml (11.2oz) bottle. Pours dark, clear, cola-brown. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, peat. Flavor is chocolate, caramel, peat, roasted grain, with a sweetness that runs from beginning to end. The gold standard of scotch ales. Glad to see it is being distributed again.
shdougan (33) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark, almost black but shows its ruby color when held up to light and has a creamy tan head. Aromas of bread, molasses, caramel, and plum. Its very full bodied with a bit of an oily mouthfeel. Taste is very malt forward, as is expected in a Scotch. Light booze flavor but it hides its strength fairly well. Good Scotch Ale, one of my favorite styles.
crossovert (7921) - Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bttle. Tawny port color. Smell is toffe with hints of cocoa nad coffee. Flavor is rich toffee, dark fruits, candied stone fruit, some oxidization. Not bad.
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"classic to the style. sometimes, this one can have a little too strong of a metallic/copper/astringent taste, but only sometimes. it’s a solid, smooth, smokey/malty effort. recommended."
Arcanor (86) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml bottle from IGA. Pour clear dark amber. Nice midium head. Floral malt, strong scotch and caramel aroma. Light body for a Scotch Ale. Long caramel and sweet finish. Nice and easy beer for everyone.
seymour (1478) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 9, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.7oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. It poured a dark reddish brown colour, near opaque with thin but persistent beige foam. Intensely malty with strong caramel and toffee notes, a little toasty, subtle fruity esters from the exquisite McEwans Scottish ale yeast, the result reminiscent of Boston Brown Bread or holiday fruit cake. A nice bittersweet balance, but virtually no hops aroma. Medium-heavy body, smooth and well-rounded mouthfeel, average carbonation, invisible 8% alcohol, complex long-lasting aftertaste. Perfectly true to style Scotch Ale. Delicious, no wonder it’s a timeless classic.
Alengrin (2464) - BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted from draught. Creamy, dark chestnut coloured, chocolatey, fruity Scotch with warming alcohol in the finish and some roasted bitter; bit one-dimensional, but okay. It’s a pity Belgians don’t use the term Scotch anymore, because even though typical for the style, this would come out a bit poorly if compared with the many Scotch-style winter ales still produced here, but not named as such.
jsnicholas (252) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2014 Bottle(330ml or 11.2oz): dark brown with tan head. Toasted malts. Some sweetness. Very nice scotch ale
Spab (2575) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle from Oromocto ANBL. Pours a cola-esque dark brown with hints of orange and a modest-sized eggshell-coloured head. Aroma is dark fruit, caramel and chocolate. Flavour is quite rich with ripe dark fruit, toffee, some chocolate and hints of nuts. Lighter body than might be expected. Nice scotch ale.
jdobbs (411) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The nose started with a fleeting scent of ripened dark fruit, then malt & toast, and a mellow combo of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar sweetness. The taste added a moderate, somewhat lingering, earthy hop bitterness that was nicely tempered by a malt creaminess that also contributed some fullness to the medium+ body
BrewGoblin (465) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JUL 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Now she all boils down to personal opinion lads. Greasy? Yes, this beer is oily as they come. Buttery texture like a liquid croissant. I don’t mind a bit o’ the ol’ grease now and then, especially when it’s Scottish grease, which I am told is quite magic. Dark brown with ruby tints, smell of toffee, hay, brown bread and tart cherries. Tastes like a boozey fruitcake that sat on a horse blanket in the hay. Oily and low carbonation.