Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium copper/brown color with a moderate tan head. A nice malty aroma of caramel and smoke, lightly fruity. Moderate to full body. Wonderfully drinkable. A nice balance of malt and light hoppiness. Good flavors with beautiful drinkability. I would have liked it to be a little bigger, but that may be my american bias.
hopscotch (8915) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sparkling clear amber ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention.
Buttery and caramelly aroma. Very sweet and malty with tons of yeasty notes... black bread mostly.
The flavor is sweet and malty as well with blasts of chocolate, caramel and toffee. Decently balanced with some great, astringent hops. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Lengthy, dry, crisp finish. Great Scottish Ale!
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden reddish. Swirled lasting light head. Strong dark mossy toffee aroma. Drenching, heavy lasting texture. Bitter dark fruit finish. Somewhat sticky, cloying palate. I really thought that the flavors weren't at their strongest, or at lacked the fullness at room temperature. Definitely best served at the temperature of the Scottish highlands in late spring. This makes me want to see out other Scottish ales.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nutty wood aroma. Color is nice brown with a thin reddish to it. Flavor is smooth and slightly nutty in tangent with aroma. Finish is quite smooth but could use a bit more of hop action.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 13, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yellow red color, medium off white head. Aroma has hop notes, lots of caramel, malt, a touch of sweetness. Flavor is malty, slightly sweet, with a bitter, slightly hoppy and dry finsh. Palate is a little too thin for me. A difficult to classify brew, but good.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
reddish brown like one of those shaggy scotish highlander cows. or two of them. the head was gone before i'd even flicked the bottlecap at our cat. if i swirl it hard enough to douse my keyboard (the beer, not the cat), i can raise a brief fizzing in the glass that could be generously interpreted as a head. aroma is of strong, robust malts: heartwood of pinon, licorice, pumkin guts, cherry chocolate. lemon tea bitterness is in a confluence with cola and melon flavors, with a bock-like sweetened alcohol punch. the carbonation is mild, which, with a watery feel nearly causes me to utter dismissive proclamations about it; however, it's strong and sweet and easy, with an increasingly lemony finish. as far as the smoky peat characteristics typical of scotch ales--it's less the black sooty loam of scotland and more peachy-tart red earth of georgia.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber brown and slightly hazy with smallish off white head. Aroma is actually quite pleasant, mainly earthy peat and caramel/toffee. Taste is earthy malt and slightly spicy. Flavor not as bold as expected based on the aroma. Alcohol noticable on the swallow.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red/brown, slightly hazy, medium head that disappeared, good lacing though. Aroma was smokey sweet. This had to warm up quite a bit first few sips were watery. There's a nice hint of chocolate and nuts hidden at the end of the sweet malt. Minor hop presence. The finish was sweet and lingered - tasted like crystalized sugar.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep copper/mohogany w/ a short lived off white head. Clean malty aroma w/a little solventy alcohol, low esters; caramel aroma is present but I was expecting it to be more predominant; has a light roasty aroma as well. Flavor is malty w/a little bit of roast and chocolate, but both are very subtle. Very clean, malty, and well balanced from start to finish. I was expecting more caramel flavor out of this one and a little more complexity for a Scotch. Finishes clean and malty, w/a medium full body, low carbonation, and a pleasant warming alcohol that's well hidden, but it does have a dry mouthfeel. I guess I was expecting to be more malty. It's well balanced, but a little too well IMHO. Again, I was expecting a little more complexity, but I'm not completely dissappointed, I just expected more for some reason.
jgb9348 (4663) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark copper in colour with a medium-sized off-white head. Aroma of malt, malt, mmore malt and a toffee sweetness. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong maltiness (no surprise there) with some sweet flavours. Aftertaste fairly bittered from the malt, but not overwhelmingly so. Overall, a good scottish, but i'm not one for the style. I owe a great big deal of thanks to Phil (Haddon90) for bringing this 65 cL bottle back all the way from California for me to sample on my visit to Knoxville on 27-September-2003.