KUEric (867) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2006 Bottle: Poured a very dark reddish-brown color. Not much head, but it was there and it lasted longer than many beers and wasa very noticable brown color. The aroma is quite malty, maybe some fruit or brown sugar. The taste was nothing special, just a typical ale I thought. Although the palate/mouthfeel was pretty good and well above average.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured out a brownish bronze with a bout a half-inch head of off white foam. As the head dies off rather quickly the glass was left decorated with sparse patches of lace. Caramel sweetness rose from the glass in a pleasant but fairly mild aroma, that also had some fruit notes to it. Flavor had a strong caramel presence with a bit of an earthy hop kick to keep the sweetness in check. There were also notes of fruits and it was a bit doughy at times. The mouthfeel was good but feel a little short of a medium body. This stuff is pretty darn tasty and goes down very easy. I would definitely pick more up if it were available in the area.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2005
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
leading with a smell of ash and sulphur, and following with notes of lightly baked paper grocery bag, this beer makes emphatic promises to be a rather dull twelve ounces. and it delivers. with a carmine and copper glow of polished cherry wood, and spongy little doily of foam, it’s offers a nice presentation. but this is no more a wee heavy than it is "deeply satisfying" (as the label asserts)-- unless you’ve used it to successfully put out a kitchen fire. in fact, it doesn’t claim to be a scottish ale at all, it’s another plain-jane amber; one with the dusty aroma of a vacuum cleaner bag along with very modestly brown-sugared malts. moderately sweet, with thin body--one that will go anorexic if left to warm slightly-- with moderate carbonation, a bit of orange licked off a chopping block, and a slight zesty bitterness. to be fair, it’s by no means a bad beer, just a splendid paradigm of mediocrity--one that suffered by being tasted next to a REAL 90 shilling-- a mcewan’s scotch ale.
Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - APR 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber-orange color, with a dark tan head that disspiates quickly. Sweet, malty caramel head. First flavor is hoppy and clean, then slightly smoky and smooth.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - APR 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium orange amber color. Large sized rocky foamy head. Aroma is malty, caramel and sweet. A medium bodied Scottish ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Touch of bread and caramel. Hops are slightly grapefruity. Nice balance. Touch of peat. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
mockerboy (52) - Kansas, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice dark amber color with an off white head that leavws nice lacing. The smell is slight coffee, malt, sweet wood. The tast is malty, crisp and very drinkable. One of the best American ales I’ve tried. Would try again. In between a New belgium Fat Tire and New Belgium 1554 would be a good way to descibe it. So if you like those two, go for this.
DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear dark brown body, not much head. Brown sugar and wet wood in the aroma. Very unimpressive flavor for a "90 Shilling" beer - light peat-smoked sweet malt with woody-bitter hops. Fizzy mouthfeel.
jigglyjock (161) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a brown/red amber color with a short lived almond colored head. Fair lacing. Tastes starts with a crisp hoppy and malt and a dry finish. Has a nice kick for what i think is an amber ale.
BCAR (220) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nothing really special in the glass. If you had 100 beers at a tasting, this is one you’d surely forget. Scottish Ale? American amber. Caramel color with a short-lived head. Taste is a very modest amout of malt and hops. Finish is short and dry. Much better out there.
heemer77 (5060) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 8, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Just small traces of a head. The coloring is a medium amber. The aroma is roasted caramel and coffee. Also some hints of apples and high quality tobacco. The taste is The taste has some caramel and tart apples. A nice toasted peanut. This is decent brew.