cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the brewery on 6/27/09. Pours a dark orange, light eggshell head. Great caramel and toffee aroma, hint of pine and earth. Nice sweet flavor with a touch of dryness on the finish.
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear copper with a thin ring of foam and no lace. Thin, vaguely peaty aroma, sweet and lightly yeasty. Peaty, buttery and sweet, unpleasant finish. Thin lightly carbonated body. Meh.
drfabulous (4175) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Was excited to see this on the shelf at Sam’s Chicago. Pours fine. Taste is caramel but not intense. Very light body and lightly hopped. Bordering the amber. Nice, but not the level I expected given Pelican’s reputation.
Headbanger (3386) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle 5/8/09 (Sam’s Wine & Spirits-Downers Grove)-Pours a medium amber with a huge off white head and an aroma of malt, sweetness, caramel, and light hops. Taste of malt and caramel and then goes into a little hops. This light bodied brew is pretty well balanced and quite drinkable. Nice brew.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of bhensonb: Pours a transparent copper amber with a thin, wispy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet, lightly oxidized caramel malt and some light fruity notes. Body starts with a pretty full caramel malty sweetness and some earthy hops and toffee with a touch of cardboard before a drier finish. This bottle’s a little past its prime, but this is still a drinkable brew with decent complexity.
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle from Sam’s South Loop (Chicago, IL). Pours a rusty darker amber, slight haze, with moderate tannish head that subsides to a small layer. Light spots of lacing. Aromas preach malts, pushing carmel, toffee, biscuits with vanilla and creaminess. Light florals covered by malts. A touch of toast. Initial fills the style well, lighter bodied than expected, with a good malt body of carmel and toffee, vanilla and cream, with biscuits and a touch of toast. Good, sessionable, and I like the malts. Finish pushes light bitterness on the palate and aftertase, but largely carmel, toffee, and caramel dance. Good, light on body though. Cheers!
Cornfield (5544) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from the Sam’s in Downers Grove, Illinois: It’s been a while since I’ve had a "Scottish Ale," mayhaps ’cause it be a mythical beast. This beastie pours a clear amber body with a thick ecru head. Pretty light aroma (and thin over all) - sweet grainy malt with a splash of caramel and some orchard fruit. Light-bodied, to be sure. It tastes of caramel, toasty grain, and fresh apples. The finish is a watery caramel memory.
after4ever (6251) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours a crystal clear garnet with a towering tan head, lots of suds and lace as it settles. Attractive nose of caramel, peat, raisins, and figs. Creamy medium body. Woody, leafy mid-palate with tons of peat, a bit of roast, and lots of brown bread. Very appealing and complex, and right on point with the earthy notes. Refreshing.
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Purchased a 22-oz bomber from the brewery’s internet sales. Pours a dark orange amber brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin white ring. Aroma of caramel and multi-grain malt with some dried pitted dark fruits, flowery hops and a touch of toffee. Taste is medium bodied, lightly carbonated with flavors of caramel malt, some flowery and citrus hops with toffee. Finish is semi-sweet with some hop bitterness balanced with some grain.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Pelican. Pours a bold, clear orange-amber color; off-white head with fine-bubbled lacing. Relaxed presence of dried fruits and red fruits in the aroma; sweet without stickiness. Medium mouthfeel: chewy dried fruits, caramel, and basic malty sweetness at the core; relaxed carbonation; touch of oiliness in the mouth; decent, drinkable Scottish ale. Medium finish: toasty malts and light fruitiness; balanced end.