21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2003 I like my scottish ales and I like this one. A very cool name and label set the mood for a great beverage enjoying experience. A deep flavor of smokey carmel malt followed with a nice aftertaste of hops. The is a very solid scottish ale.
hopscotch (10076) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer rocks...hard!
It pours very dark with a deep ruby hue. Small, creamy, khaki-colored head. Slowly and mostly, but not fully, diminishing. Minimal, but very decent lacework.
The aroma is malty and vineous. Earthy and very pleasant. Astringent. Becomes a tad smokey as the ale warms. Mild Rauchbier aroma.
The flavor is rich and malty as a Scottish Ale should be. Small bursts of butter, caramel, straw and smoke up front.
Perfectly balanced, acetic and very lightly bitter on the backside.
Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and light carbonation. Short, smokey, dry, earthy finish. Very nice!
Great potential as a session beer!
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep dark reddish almost brown pour, thin head. Somewhat sweet and malty, kind of plain with a little bite at the end.
Dogbrick (9350) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Courtesy of Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. I didn't really enjoy this one very much. Pours a dark ruby color with a thin beige head and thin lacing. Aroma is faintly sweet malt and toffee. Very fruity flavor without the maltiness I have come to associate with the better Scottish Ales. Finish had some hops but was too sour. A little disappointing but I have had worse.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big candy, toffee, roasted smokey nose. Deep mahogany hue. Off white head. Very light, sweet, chocolate, caramel, toffee, smokiness arises in the finish, medium bodied, very drinkable. A nice, light weight scottish that is very pleasant.
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I liked the smokey, yet smooth character of this ale. I think it is another example of how a Scottish ale should be.
JFGrind (1906) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Excellent representation of a Scottish Ale. Murky brick red color contrasted by creme head. According to the label this beer has "full malt flavor" and is "exceptionally smooth"; and the beer inside is true to the description.
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smokey(and I just got back from camping). I really taste the roast malt in this one. Good Scottish Ale.
Indra (2700) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 15, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Faint aroma, with a rich fruitiness, chocolate and toffee. Deep, dark mahogany color with a slight, tan colored head. Filtered. Flavor shows some nice roastiness, chocolate, caramel and nut, with a very faint vinous quality, supplied by Golden Promise, crystal and chocolate malts. Light and effervescent on the palate. Finishes with a slight tinge of Challenger hop and an interesting blend of fruity and malty flavors. Tangy, malty aftertaste. Actually quite tasty, just lacking the deep, satisfying gravity and alcoholic warmth of some Scottish ales.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smokey coffee and malt flavor. Very little carbination. Seems to be missing something.