McNeills Tartan Export Ale
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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   SEASONAL: Winter   ABV: -
A sweet malt-dominated 80 shilling ale made from imported Scotch malt and a special heat caramelization in the kettle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2008
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’un fût, au Vermont Brewers Festival 2008 (Burlington, VT). Arôme: Odeur de malt caramélisé. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée foncée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel fruité avec une pointe d’houblon. Courte durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de caramel en arrière goût. (Rating #1839)

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
dmac (5645) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2008
22oz bomber from a trade. Seriously this is now my third or fourth infected McNeills beer. Do they intentionally infect their beers?? Well I did watch American Beer and after seeing the "great" brewing and botteling facility they have there it’s no wonder they can’t ship an uninfected beer. I have one more McNeill’s to try but I’m pretty sure of the outcome already. Avoid this brewery unless you lke throwing your money away.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Pours light brown with a nice sized creamy head. Really not too much on the nose except for some caramel. Nice mouthfeel -- fairly thick and rich. Other than this not too much is going on in the glass.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (11253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2008
picked up at the Co-Op in Burlington. This is a malt and caramel play,taste and aroma, and very drinkable for what it is. Caramel yellow colour with some head. Above average mouthfeel. Lunchtime sessionable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bungalo22 (326) - Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Poured from the bottle a nice brown color but little to no head. The aroma was carmel and malt. It was smooth but a bit watery. It was a nice drink but not in the top for Scottish Ales.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - APR 2, 2008
Terrible. Poured a nice reddish brown with a good sized head. Aroma is faint but musty and sour. Beer was bad, tasted like vinegar, poor job.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (3125) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2008
From a 1 pint 6 fl. oz (US) bottle - hand brewed and individually bottled with a cheap glued on label that looked like someone designed it on a sketch pad. Carmelized in the kettle. Pours amber red with a beige puffy head that stays around for the session. Aroma of malts and some kind of fruity sweetness. The flavor was more of hops. It was a very good brew and probably hand delivered earlier that week to the bottle store in Vermont where I bought it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5548) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Pours bright mahogany into a tulip. Off-white pancake head has good retention. Roasted malt aromas. Flat caramel upfront with a crisp metallic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (10000) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Pours turbid deep brown, with aroma of caramel malt, some figgy fruit, slight banana and spicy floral notes. The aroma and flavor is a lot like Stone 666. It has more fruit than most scottish ales, with the heavy malt component.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - APR 9, 2006
22oz bomber purchased at the brewery in Brattleboro, VT. Pours to a deep brown color, with a tan head that fades, and a soft to moderate amount of carbonation. The nose is sweet and malty with aromas of sweet malt, and toffee. The plate is slightly slick on the tongue, with flavors of sweet malt, caramel, treacle flavors, and light roast. This beer ends with more sweet malt toffee flavor and light roast, then finishes with a touch of hop bitterness, to cut the cloying nature of this beer, but it still lingers sweet. Very malty, very tasty beer. A bit cloying, but would make a nice desert beer, and makes for a nice winter brew, and a beer that would match well with hearty dishes.

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