BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Canned.....obvious appeal if it is in fact a quallity microbrew. Pours a deep garnet tinged brown with a small, quickly dissipating head. Aroma is big on sweet malt with caramel and toffee notes. Some subtle smoke comes through in the nose as well. Flavor is sweet and bready/malty with a pleasant smoke flavor to round it out. Moderate hop bitterness but no real hop flavor to boot. Slightly fruity and complex ester profile to complement the malt and smoke. Slight alcohol warmth going down, but no overpowering alcohol in the flavor. Mouthfeel is very full and smooth with slightly low carbonation though to style for a scotch ale. Great brew.
BeerandBlues2 (8481) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Pours nut brown with a tan spotty head and creamy lined lacing. Sweet caramel malt and toffee with brown sugar and hop aromas. Sweet brown sugar and caramel malt, toffee flavor with a slight hop finish. Fizzy and medium bodied palate.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted malt aroma. Carries thoughout very well, with just enough malt sweetness and a hint of smokiness in the finish. What a Scottish Ale should be.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark ruby with a light brown head. Head is rich and and creamy but fades to a wisp after a couple minutes. Very lacy though. Smells of caramel malt and lightly smoky.
Taste is of rich caramel malt and then the chocolate malt takes over and gives a roasted coffee flavor as it finishes. Smoky. Smooth and creamy. Something is not quite right but the taste is fine. Something just a bit haphazard. But it’s very good and drinkable. The best canned beer I’ve had outside of Young’s Chocolate Stout in the nitro can.
heemer77 (5060) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can courtesy of csbosox. Pours a very dark borwn with some ruby red showing through when held to light. The head is a light tan color. The aroma is rich caramel and chocolate with some wood. The taste is rich chocolate and some caramel. There is also some hint of light tobacco. A well made Scotch ale.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. Pours with a rocky brown head, body is clear but very dark maroon. Lacking aroma, slightly nutty. Taste is full and malty, nutty, buttery with just a touch of spices. Round roasted and nutty finish with hints of bitterness. Oskar Blues makes the two best beers available in cans.
csbosox (1215) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz can. Served at 52.5° in my NB worthy glass. The beer pours brown with red highlights and a small, quickly dissapearing cream colored head. The beer coats the glass when swirled and leaves foam dots all over the glass. Aroma of sweet, smoked malt, deep dark fruit, and milk chocolate. The beer is very full in the mouth. The flavors are caramel, milk chocolate with some light smoke, plums, and a hint of the alcohol. The finish is tasty with a caramel taste, but not the excessive sweetness of real caramel, and a little smoke. Nice mouthfeel. A great beer.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2005 Can. Appears to be dark brown in color with notes of ruby and black. The aroma is coffee with some dark chocolate and a touch of smokiness. Light bodied and watery with a nice balance of flavors. Coffee is most prevalent with hints of dark chocolate, licorice, smoke, caramel, and some alcohol. Somehow all these flavors work very nicely together.
Reid (1719) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - MAY 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Its great to see the Oskar beers now appearing in Oregon.
Bought this tonight and hurried home with great expectations.
Very attractive looking beer out of the can, dark chesnut brown with a large creamy/bubbly off white head,..that shrinks in a few minutes but leaves a gorgeous lace down the glass.
Very nice malty aroma, mostly caramel style, hint of smoke.
Wow this is a really nice American try at a Scotch Ale ( ok,ok most Scotch ales are American now!)Wondefully sweet and malty with flavours of dark fruits, blackberries, winey in some aspects and finishes up with a nice smokey aftertaste.Very well done.
Good on the palate , quite smooth and the alcohol is not noticable.
Over all a fine beer..best ever ina can. Will have again.
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - MAY 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WTF, a can......This is unbelievable what a great beer, malty and rich and tasty and,and,and....I’m sorry this is such a (to borrow from Tony the tiger) grrrreaaaat brew!