ClarkVV (3860) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2005 can, I assume, huge thanks to CSBosox for sending this one to me. Been wanting to try it for quite some time. Drank it on 8/17/2005.
Pours a deep, chestnut, burgundy-hued-mahogany brown. Good amount of well-retained yellowish head. Tiny can-conditioned bubbles. Smells sweet, caramally, toffeeish with prunes, vinous notes, light hickory smoke (guess it’s actually beechwood). Soy, chocolate, moist, fruity, rummy fruitcake with vanilla and hazelnuts. Ahh, scotch ales can be so rich and complex in the nose and this is a prime example. Flavor begins with buttercream, nuts, sharp bready malts, a bit too dry/astringent at first. Dry and bready, moderately acidic. Retro hops are green and leafy. No alcohol, light earthy yeastiness. Mouthfeel is very oily, slick and smooth. Carbonation is nearly non-existent. Actually, a touch watery on the end. Nuts, soy, roasty barley on the finish. Acidic and just way too much astringency. Medium body. Butter-toffee and caramel linger.
SSSteve (3663) - - AUG 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
malt, caramel, and chocolate aroma. mildly smokey. dark brown color. caramel and roasted malt flavor. low carbonation throws me off but this is still a great scottish ale. smokiness isnt too overpowering. I really enjoy the alcohol content too. nice brew.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courteys of Pailhead. Dark brown with tan head. Lots of sweet malt and some smokiness/peat/woodsy character in the aroma. Flavor is all sweet caramel malt with some dark roasted grain. Read the post on canned beers awhile ago, and would throw my vote in for this one.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can: Pours with a diminutive head over a a dark amber, almost brown body; deep caramel and chocolate aroma, slightly smokey, licorice and cola notes; chewy and malty, with abundant smoked chocolate, caramelized sugar, and toffee sweetness; smoothly bitter roastiness for balance; maybe THIS is the best can of beer ever.
jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer grows on you...my first impression was that the beer was way to sweet...maybe. More likely is that this is the characteristic of the style...tons of malty sweetness and a hell of an ABV to match. This one warms you up good.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can: Mahogany color, thick brown head, nice lacing. Nose of nutty plums and smoky malt. Juicy body, light acidity and lots of body (did I already say that?). Light alcohol burn with a toasted rye quality about it. Nice canned beer.
Rballs01 (278) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a lovely malty mess in a can. Never thought that when i cracked a can of suds i would be enjoying a high quality scottish ale. This brew is great. Once i opened it I thought it was flat, no fizz or spit like everyother can of beer i’ve opened. But once it hit the cold glass the head awoke. Nice and frothy. Aroma was very sweet, caramel and coffee. The 8%abv wasn’t even present. Canned craft beer, who would have thought?
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was pretty damn good and very decieving coming in the can though i had it on draft. A very dark blackish color with a tan soapy head. Lots of chocolates and nuts in the aroma and body. Very smooth and creamy, damn fine beer if i do say so.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. can, thanks to slob for sending this my way! Pours dark, garnet brown with a large, beige head that diminished at a leisurely pace leaving some lacing. Aroma is sweet and a little savory (?) like molasses and butter, toffee and a hint of peat. Flavor is rich, sweet and smooth, brown sugar, alcohol, chocolate syrup, and an herby finish. Full body and creamy mouthfeel make this all add up to a fine scotch ale. Another goodie from Oskar Blues.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. This one was interesting. Drinking from the can, I found the aroma to be overbearingly sweet and a bit heavy on the alcohol. It pours a dark brown with a decent head and loses a lot of that sweetness in a glass, revealing toffee, caramel, coffee, and general "roasted" aromas. The flavor followed suit-- initially, cold from the can, it was very sweet and almost soda-like; but as it warmed up and sat in the glass for a while everything mellowed down to become a nice, even, malty beer. Tasted much more like a good Brown Ale to me than a Scottish, although I am hesitant to buy "Scottish" beers because it seems to be a style without definition-- from full bodied earthy browns like this to thin, watery, tacky-sweet lagerlike disappointments. I’m impressed with Oskar Blues’ cans, but buy the Dale’s Pale Ale.