WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - JUL 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. can. Drank on 6/21/06. Foams out of the can when you open it. Pours very dark brown, almost black, and it has some red tint. Big 1.5" creamy tan head. Drops to a layer of foam. Decent lacing. Foam layer eventually disappears. Aroma - nice, malty, smokey, roasty aroma. Fairly strong. Flavor - initially sweet and bitter. Then smooth on the tongue. Some of the roasty, smokey, peaty malt flavors in the swallow, and a return of some sweetness in the finish. Tiny bit of alcohol warmth. Palate - fairly full bodied. Not the biggest body ever, but substantial. Low to avg. level of carb. A little surprising since it foams out of the can and pours a big head. Mouthfeel is also smooth and creamy. Overall - I like this beer. I like OB beers and I really like the can. Sometimes you need cans. I keep OC and DPA around because they are good beers in cans. But I like the beer too. This one is a little on the sweet side, but thatís OK. Good aroma, flavor, and a nice, full body. I assume this is a wee heavy. I like Scottish ales too.
MaBeer1972 (1260) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2006
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
A "craft" brew in a can? Old Jim Koch will be turning in his grave - oh wait, Heís not dead yet! This one is dark and mysterious, but very very sweet and malty. I love malty, but this is rediculous! Swill - more as I would put it. I am highly dissapointed - not very drinkable, and I have 5 more of those bastards to get through!
Tanker12 (173) - USA - JUL 4, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma didnít do much for me. the main taste of this is caramel with a smoky aftertaste. It is very drinkable and i was shocked that it was considered a scotch ale. Definatly looked and tasted much more like a porter. very good beer and will definatly seek this out after it goes out of the toads rotation.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours somewhere between blood red and black with a small beige head. The aroma is caramel, biscuits, and malt. The flavor is caramel, raisin, wood, some mossy hops in the background, and a smoky finish.
boojummy (50) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iím really surprised by this beer-- in a good way. I guess I didnít expect much from a beer in a can. But, wow-- when you crack it open, you immediately get a whiff of that peaty, smoky aroma characteristic of good scottish ales. Pours with a thick dark tan head, and with a body color that more closely resembles porter than a scottish ale. They mention the generous amounts of chocolate and caramel malts-- you can tell. The body is a little heavy, but the flavor is just perfect. Peaty, sweet, caramel, with some roasty, coffee overtones. Low bittnerness, moderate carbonation. But I keep coming back to the intese aroma here-- perfect! An enjoyable beer.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
can. sure, Iíve had better scotch ales, not many, but for the price, balance and abv, this is pretty damn good. dark brown on the pour with a tan head, aromas of sweet caramel malt and some molasses, flavor of the sweet malt, molassess and some peat lurking in the background, I found this very enjoyable!
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2006 Hazy deep mohogany color with a medium creamy light brown head. Sweet caramel malt aroma with some light smoke. Sweet caramel malt and molassas flavor with some roasted malt and a touch of smoke.
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
ok, scottish ale, a bit dense with a lot of carbonation. Nice creamy head, and bubbly aftertaste.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is dark mahoghany with reddish hints and a nice dense tan head...smell is smell is rich and malty...sweet, molasses, some light smokey notes...nutty and rich...smell is beautiful...some toasty cocoa too...taste is sweet and smokey and nutty, with an alcoholic finish...something tastes a little off in the finish, but a damn impressive canned beer for sure!!!!
zach8270 (3358) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Dark copper pour with a very thin tan head. Aroma is loaded with toasty caramel malts and some chocolate. Some smokiness too. The flavor is very smooth and sweet with a nice chocolate and caramel malt flavor. The finish is very sweet with some smokey malts to it. Very easy to drink and the alcohol isnít overpowering. One hell of a canned scotch ale.