egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF2004... Poured a dark brown color with a light tan. Aroma of roast, peat, and sweet caramel malts. Nicely roasted, chocolate smoke and more caramel. A very nice Scottish ale, especially since it comes from a can.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown with ruby hints and a large well developed white head. Nice lacing that doesnít develop naturally but does develop when it is messed around with
Nose is deep. Sweet malts and roasted malts are huge. Toffee and burnt chocolate throughout as well.
Cabonation is sparse. Somewhat light in flavor. Chocolate, subtle smokiness sweet malts and a nice hop bite on the finish. Mouthfeel is full until then finish when it thins out and becomes watery. Nice flavor profile throughout the beer. Nothing great, but totally solid.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Again with the can. By far the darkest beer I have ever poured from a can. Deep dark garnet body topped by a creamy tan head. Very pleasing sweet caramel malt aroma. The flavor is sweet and smoky, the two cornerstones on which any great scottish ale is made. Roasted nutty malts are medium in their presentation, the hops are more pronounced they I am used to in this style,, hough I think that here it works. The palate is medium with a bit of an acidic finish. While not really wholly to style my only out right complaint is the acidic/metallic finish. Is this from the can? Personally I have not near enough experience with good canned beer to say. The canned Pale Ale from the same brewer is better and does not exhibt the odd finish so that would seem to preclude the can as culprit. Who knows?
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2008 like others, i balked at the canned presentation. pure asthetics should matter little in a taste rating, but i harbored suspicions and prejudice. budweiser, dogfood, spam and creamed corn come in cans. yet even after sniffing both the can and product-- like a desparate hound dog who’s lost the trail-- i could find no overt flaw owing to the can. i was almost disappointed. i think i cling to a purist’s perhaps overly strict sense of propriety. i appreciate the finesse of formality: nice things deserve care and attention and even indulgence in packaging. that’s why your beloved uncle nate wasn’t buried in a greasy 55 gallon drum found out behind the rendering plant. no, the family probably shelled out for the deluxe rosewood casket. likewise, you don’t serve a taste of 20 year old single malt scotch in a cracked jelly jar. the aluminum can is the very emblem of our disposable society, cheapness, and a gale-force bean-fart in direction of the gentility we associate with genuine craftsmanship. yet, removed from it’s peasant rags, here it is, the old chub: a undeniably gorgeous pour of clear reddish brown like jellied dates, while the head itself is substansial enough to be taxed as real estate. the aroma has the liknesses of wood polish, apples and cherry coke, with a nod to peat and melting brown sugar. the carbonation is mild, the body is milky with desert-like sweetness first to emerge as a flavor sensation; then the figgy demensions of the malt show some character: you taste the hard, dark soles of boots used to crush nearly burnt figs into a gummy mass, and the firm alcoholic component tells you that this is no soda pop. then comes a substansial bitterness, and this comprises a fault in my taste: it’s a bitter touch of something like anise-- black licorice. i’m not crazy about anise. finally, in a category of beer styles more known for failure and mediocrity than sheer greatness, this is a notable and serious entry, and even the most unflattering packaging couldn’t disguise that.
re-rate: 9/17/08: the bitterness reminds me of sea weed and ground fish bladders: tinny, fishy and unbearable...
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can...poured into a Scotch thistle glass this time...nice head and lace, deep brown color. Aroma is malt, chocolate and slight smoke. A big, thick, rich beer, best fit for dessert, I think. Flavor is sweet carmel malt along with lightly smoked chocolate. Quite yummy, no alcohol noticed in the flavor...I wonder how beer ages in a can?
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Popped open this can while standing under our canopy, waiting for the rain to stop at Glacier Basin campground in Rocky Mountain NP. Didnít expect much aroma, but was pleasantly surprised by the strong sweet malty hop smoke that came out of the can. The beer is very smooth and thick with malt and a very nice dry finish. At 8%, itís stronger than it tastes. This was really good.
BBB63 (5696) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can: Deep reddish brown hue with a large creamy tan head and good lace. The aroma has notes of caramel, buttered biscuit, mocha, floral hops, and earthy yeast esters. The taste starts moderately sweet with a noticeable malt presence. The finish has a smoky and twangy fruit tone. The feel is crisp bite and smooth layering. The alcohol is well masked. This beer makes you wonder what would happen if more micros would starts producing canned versions of their best brews, what would the BMC crowd think. Forget the can, this beer stands on itís own merit, darn good. Thanks Mark.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
TAP: Looked like a glass of coke, smelled sweet and malty, caramel, flavor is the same, sweet caramel, almost no bitterness. Not utterly complex but quite flavorful, if you like caramel.
Norton (328) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours minimal tan head. Very dark, sparse light penetration gives reddish highlights in glass. Silky sweet obvious caramel flavor works well & does not overburden senses. Slides down the throat with ease. Faint roasted aftertaste. A minimally bitter brew thatís sweet as can be without being annoying and I would drink this again. I like to think of this as Red Stripe on steroids. Can reminds me of those fruit drinks in the breakroom machine at work that nobody ever buys.
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2004 The start of a night of sampling on Whalemanís deck-dubbed the 548 Fest. Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Big malty, chocolatey aroma. Light roastiness. Chocolatey in the flavor with a mildly sweet finish. Good beer and at 8%, packs a punch.