Silphium (3160) - 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 (3657) - 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).
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light malt aroma, light but sweet malt taste, not many hops around here. Nothing wrong, just not bold enough to be rated with the higher beers
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a red amber with a small head. The aroma is malty. The flavor is malty sweet, with a hint of ale sour fruit lingering. The palate is good and rich. Overall, pretty average.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I had this in a bottle, not the normal tap (I assume tap is normal for this). When I opened the bottle, I noticed a strong aroma. That subsided and it poured a decent frothy head. Color is defintely a deep amber/red. On inspection, my nose immediately noticed a milk chocolate / toffee scent. That scent carries into the initial flavor, but very lightly. But the "commercial description" is a little fluffy, as I found a lack of complexity in it. Flavor was light, but not unpleasant. Overall... ok, but nothing special.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Looks a lot like a red beer. Remninds me a lot of McEwan's with a little bite to it. Not a real strong flavor, but I like the bottle, so it gets bonus points for that.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Much more a scotch ale than an amber. On cask at the time of my visit. Peaty malt nose and oaky barrel notes. Caramel was rich and thick, alcohol even peeked out. Finish is long and sweet, leaving a scotchy, malty aftetaste that I really enjoyed.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2003 Re-rate: I liked this one a lot better the second time around. Had a spicier malt scent (didn't notice the smoke this time around). Has a taste pretty representative of other scottish ales I've tried. Only thing that didn't do it for me this time around is the acidic finish. Original rating: This amber colored beer poured with a thick head and smell somewhat smoky. It was lightly hopped, but also had some sourness. Smooth drinking beer, but it just didn't do it for me. 5/3/5/3/10
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
very sweet and malt rich, carmely almost. could use some more hops for sure. It is a very drinkable beer and I’d recommend it if you’re down on water street. true to the claim of the lable.