ElGaucho (2282) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2012 Re-rate: 10/22/12: wow I had no idea I had this beerbefell before it was available in the Twin Cities market. And from my original rating it appears it’s a good thing I’m re-rating it. Plain, roasted malt aroma. 4/17/06: MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering ’06. Bland, blah flavor. Cardboard consistency. Not good, amateurish, flavorless. I’m guessing I had a bad one. Dark amber body. Malty but with a hop profile a little stronger than typical for the style. A very good Scottish ale with moderat sweetness and great drinkability.
vyvvy (4540) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 31, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice brown pour, beige head - takes a while to go down. Aroma is light, but has a sweet creaminess with toffee and a hint of chocolate. Taste is not as rich as the aroma - more of a dry taste with a grassy hop finish. Further down the glass the beer smooths out with more of the toffee flavor coming to the front. An interesting interpretation. This would make a nice session beer.
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 30, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear and copper body wears a delicately laced off-white head, clinging completely to the glass sides while resuming to a thin lasting cover. Rather earthy flavor profile shows soft leafy and citrusy hops in the nose, paired with a relatively dark malt taste compared to the color, closing on meatiness. Little fruitiness is at stakes here, but you can dream of orange hints with an effort, while most of the aromas hang around a buttered hazelnut and cerealic, bready and bordering worty range. Rather easy to drink, but pretty plain and more fruits would be enjoyed. Watery texture, very thin bodied yet with a strong carbonation, well distributed that gives a sense of amplitude.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber body with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is light, caramel, cookie dough and dark fruits. Flavor is semi-sweet, caramel, light citrus hops, a touch of roast comes at the end. Mouthfeel is thin but smooth.
fiulijn (16003) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2006
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Beautiful amber color. Simple aroma of maiz flour. Simple taste, with some caramel. A failure. Boring.
JK (4844) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Heavily carbonated. A light brown beer, nothing about it stands out as good or bad. Some hops in the aroma and flavor; a little bitter. Simple but good.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not really what I think of when I think of a scottish ale. To me this was much closer to an amber lager or even an easy going APA. A bit light on the malt and a little heavier on the hops than expected.
Skycast (7) - Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2006 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The reddish-hued color appears lightly carbonated and has a small off-white head. It has a semi-sweet malty aroma with an almost citrusy undertone. Great combination of malt and hops upon first drinking with a slightly sweet after-taste; good balance for a Scotch ale. It is pleasing on the tongue, down the throat and after swallowing.
Braudog (5966) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
2/15/06 (bottle): Poured brown with a red tinge and a airy, bodied head. Nice little caramel-y aroma. Bit watery. Nice crisp drinker of caramel, malt and a nice hop twist. Pretty good.
badgerben (4564) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2010 MN Winter Get Together, 2006: Dark gold color with no head. Slight hop aroma. Bitter taste (Goldings) with a dry malt body. It struck me as one dimensional and not really true to style. Weaker and hoppier than it should be. 6/3/6/3/14
Re-rating, May 14, 2010. Dark copper color with a medium head. Biscuity aroma. More biscuit, toast and bready malt flavor. Light caramel. A bit dusty. More bitterness than I would expect for a 90/-, though still very light. Quite enjoyable.