IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can thanks to fattyre and bunnyhop. Chestnut brown color underneath a medium sized and color of tan head. Chocolaty malts, very mild smoke, plenty of brown sugar. Sweet but not overly so. Theres plenty of flavor yet it feels semi empty. However, nothing is out of place and it’s still put together well. Medium bodied, pretty clean finish, no alcohol evident. Pretty nice stuff.
shadey (1931) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very very dark with red edges. Big creamy tan head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate. Palate is very smooth. Flavor is caramel, roast and some slight bitterness. Best beer I have ever had from a can.
ClarkVV (3893) - 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 (3862) - - 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 (280) - 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 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, 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.