Kinz (3449) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask at brewpub. Deep amber, hardly any head. Peppery hop aroma. Malty start, with molasses and toffee notes, melding into a strong, peppery hop finish. Some fruit notes are woven throughout as well. Truly a unique beer, and just amazing on cask. Not the same animal as the bottled version.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a very big bold ale, that is highly enjoyable. Pours a deep rich copper coloring, with a big tan head. A very sweet syrupy aroma, that pours and tastes like maple syrup, very peaty and earthy with some oak and smoke in the flavor as well. Highly drinkable!
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2008 Copper hue with an average beige head that is rather diminishing. Aroma is pure malt, rather sweet. Quebecois among us will know what I mean by saying this smelled like "Sugar Times", smoked maple. The taste is overall pretty soft caramel, supported by a medium body, hints at licorice, molasses, hazelnut, slight earth(less than expected) It striked me as a quaffable beer for this ABV, but I shared the bomber and wonder if I’d have such ease drinking it all by myself. Good, but not enough:) Thanks to Lord hopsrus!
A new tasting revealed a vegetal and frail-bodied scotch ale. Quality control issues or this really should not age would it be a year. Dropping from 3.5 to 3.1.
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 (9954) - 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.