fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours to a large head; carmel color. Nice toasted smell. Mild, roasted flavor, slight aftertaste of the similar flavor. Easy to drink. Not bad.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2004 This is a descent brew. It’s very smooth and even sweet, almost syrupy, dare I say. Has nice medium brown undertones when it first hits your tongue, but then it livens up to its amber ale status. Since it’s the Milwaukee Ale House’s best seller, you’d be doing a disservice by not trying it, but after you’ve had your preview, switch over to the Pull Chain brew. It’s very similar, just more malt and hops and less sweet.
jsquire (3313) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub. Red amber out of the tap with almost no head. Sweet beer with an almost white sugar taste. It is billed as a "Scotch" ale, but I’m glad that RB has it as an amber. Nothing wrong with it but not much going on.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cloudy Brown Coloring. Some Malt and Hops...Nice Balance Dry. Not alot of Character but Decent.
badgerben (4354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber with a sizeable head. Aroma of malt. Pretty good balance between malt and hops with a touch of spice at the end. A decent offering.
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at the brewpub. Mahogany body, thin white head. Minimal aroma, some malt and hops (duh). Brown suagar, caramel, and more grassy than piney hops in the flavor. Not much of a scotch ale, more like an amber with a little more malt. It tastes fine, just nothing remarkable.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 5, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at the brewpub. Darkish amber, clear, fairly light in both color and body for the style. Very light tobacco-caramel malt nose. Smooth, dusty and woody, mostly quite sweet, reasonably full.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear copper-red with a thin off-white head. Cerealy aroma with brown sugar and dark fruit. Flavor is light, sweet, and bready with earthy hops in the finish. Some metallic/grassy notes are detected as well. Pleasant with fruity touches around the edges, this is a decent beer but could improve with a fuller body. Jason (JCapriotti) sent me the bottle.
BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2004
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A weekend in Milwaukee to see the Twins play, and drink beer. Found the Ale House, which reminded me very much of Rock Bottom in Minneapolis. Luckily, Louie’s Demise was on cask.
They called this brew a Scottish Ale on the menu, so that put a certain type in my mind. It would have been better off as an Amber Ale. The nose was of weak maple. The body was not that of a Scottish, but rather a Nut Brown. Nothing to scoff at, but nothing to write home about. Not a patch on Town Hall’s offerings. The Pale Ale was much better.
Nuffield (3612) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I thought this was quite good when cold, not so great as it warmed some. When cold from the refrigerator, it had a "barleywine lite" quality to the aroma--deeply malty and caramelly but with a significant hoppiness, especially as it came out as citrus in the flavor. As it warmed it took on more grassy, even woody flavors. Also, though it retained a substantial mouthfeel with the maltiness, once it lost the vigor of the initial carbonation (though producing just a moderate head on a deep amber/brown body), it lost its sense of tingle and drive. Good beer on the whole, and it went very nicely with my dinner (fajitas).