Kevin (2047) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours tan with a thin cream colored head. nice roast caramel nose, smooth flavor of roasted coffee caramel and a very light hop level. i like it.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
clear orangy brown, thin white head. aroma of burnt sugar, red liquorice, citrus, and mild chocolate. slightly creamy mouthfeel. mixed fruity malt flavour with earth hops and mild lemon and maple in the finish.
Crockett (1005) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet malty nose. Red orange with a thin sudsy head. Sweet and bright hops with caramel and some lemon. Cookies and some faint chocolate. Gummy? Maybe Iím looking for more than this beer provides. Iím certain itís better on tap.
BeerandBlues2 (9358) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours cararmel to maple sugar in color with a huge frothy tan head and spotty lacing. Caramel malt and hop aromas mix. Slight hop flavor with caramel malt creamy flavor and a hop end. Medium bodied and fizzy palate.
loeffler (16) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Has a deep red/amber color. Thereís a slight big of orange in the aroma and flavor. Itís not too sweet, which gives it an edge up on other ales in my opinion but it does still leave that syrupy texture in my mouth. A slight metallic finish but that helps round out the sweetness. I noticed a little toffee as well. Not bad for an ale.
ColoradoBobs (31) - Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Small, dense head, with good retention and adequate lacing, atop a dark, somewhat muddy looking brown ale.
Smell. Toasted malt with banana estersnicely complimented the hop bitterness, with a background note of spice, almost mint.
Taste: Biscuity warmth of roasted malt, medium hops bitterness with grassy notes, followed by a long bitter finish. Pretty nice.
Mouthfeel: Not as round or chewy as I had anticipated.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This has a warm place in my heart because it was one of my first "favorites." I like this more than fat tire, just because itís got more to it. It pours brownish-amber with a so-so head. Malt in the aroma with some slight hop presence. The taste is balanced as well. Rich for an amber but balanced by some decent bittering hops. Finish is good, mouthfeel quite nice. Not a particularly amazing beer but solid and nice.
KUEric (886) - 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, itís offers a nice presentation. but this is no more a wee heavy than it is "deeply satisfying" (as the label asserts)-- unless youíve used it to successfully put out a kitchen fire. in fact, it doesnít claim to be a scottish ale at all, itís 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, itís 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 mcewanís scotch ale.