ebin603 (5) - Upland, California, USA - AUG 21, 2005 does not count
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
this brew smells very inviting. Scents of butterscotch and brown sugar. Moderately carbonated. Fizzy if you will. Sweet aftertaste. Don’t know if i could drink more than one in an evening.
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pretty mahogany to chestnut red-brown. Good 2-fingered head, lasts a bit, nice lace. Smells of fresh grasses, earth, hops, herbs, smoke, toffee ,smoke, maltose, yeast.and caramel. Tastes include earth, peat, smoky malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, honey, banana, raisens, and currants with a solid bitterness finish. While the bitterness was apparent, I didn’t taste much of the hops. I got a little bit of yeast, too. Balance, however, is definitely on the malt side. This is a nice peat-smoke, malty ale. Mouthfeel is good, the tiniest bit thin. Effervescent and refreshing, with a slightly metallic aftertaste which abated as it warmed.
Oakes (14844) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 31, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, Fogg Robson
Bright dark amber colour. Big caramel aroma with hints of earth. Chewy, earthy body, with plenty of caramel and a hoppy accent in the finish. The malts aren’t as bright as I’d like them to be - the beer plods its way across the palate.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. My first and only Moylans. I like Scotch Ales, so I naturally compare this with the few I’ve had, like Skull Splitter and McEwan’s. The first thing is that the full malty aroma wasn’t there. The nice dark brown (a tint of red) color was there, nice mouthfeel. A tad overcarbonated. The flavor was good, but not top-notch. I certainly think Moylans is onto something here, though - the deficiencies are pretty minor overall - a step away from being great. Bottom line is I got this in a corner store in SF while visiting, and if I lived there I’d probably buy it on the regular.
Ratman197 (12692) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2006 On cask @ Moylans poured a clear dark brown with a small amber head. Aromas of carmel, toffee, and bread. Flavors of toffee, bread, hint of dark fruit, and a wee bit vinous.
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep deep red with a brownish tint, off white head, clear with a few bubbles. Aroma is malty, kind of a bready smell to it, a hint of ethanol hanging in there too. Strong malt flavor, very rich with bourbony notes, a little bit of alcohol bite, hop bitterness peeks through as it finishes. Full bodied, carbonation was a bit heavy I thought, coats my mouth very smoothly, rich but not oily at all. It stacks up with the other Moylans beers that I’ve had, good stuff.
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had an aroma of fruit paticularly apples. Ruby red body with tan head that settled on top of beer till finish. Some lacing left on glass. Flavor at first gulp was of alcohol. Alcohol flavor gave way to a sweet malt flavor. Was good with my breakfast burritos.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured a dark caramel brown with a nice white head that dissipated quickly.
Aroma is sweet malt and ripe fruits.
Flavor is malty,ripe fruit and caramel with a light alcohol finish.
vaportrail (14) - California, USA - JUN 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This isn’t as strong a brew as the name might imply. It pours out as a brown brew with an aroma of nuts and sweet fruit. The taste has a sweet malt flavor. I was hoping for a bit more from this brew.
Pailhead (6278) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Very nice aroma of caramel, toffee, and light chocolate. Pours a dark transparent reddish-brown with a quickly diminishing off-white head. Flavor is buttery caramel, brown sugar, and light toffee. Flavors are not as strong as the great aroma would indicate. A light nuttiness comes in the finish a lingers a little in the aftertaste. Good but not great like I was hoping after the aroma.