juiceisloose (1257) - Windermere, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy JMFG. Pours a clear looking copper brown colort with a small off white head that settles quickly to a thin film. The aroma shows notes of sweet caramel, toffee, grapes, and other tropical fruits. This one is very sweet smelling with all the malts. The flavor shows more of the sweet tropical fruits and some earthy hops to go with the richly sweet caramel and brown sugar base. Taste is reminisent of a cherry jolly rancher. Medium bodied and smooth, but a touch syrupy from all the malts with a long, sweet finish. This one is a bit too sweet and fruity for the style. Not bad, but not what I look for in a scottish ale.
beastiefan2k (3045) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear but dark ruby brown with a medium head, which never fully fades. Aroma is well attenuated with lots of earthiness and wet leafiness, very moor-ish. Lightly sweet and soil-y. Taste is similar with a bit of a candied sweetness coming through with plenty of dark, earthy maltiness and again that soul-like flavor. Just a bit of alcohol present throughout. I really liked this and need to drink it again.
22oz bottle, Gordon’s Finest thistle glass.
dchmela (2924) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy JMFG. Pours a deep copper with a thin white head. Sweet malty aroma, hints fruit and citrusy hops. Sweet malt body with a good hop bite and hints of toffee. Very fragrant and tasty.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, courtesy JMFG. Pours a clear copper color with a minimal, off-white head. The foam settles quickly to a wispy film, leaving a sudsy wash to moatly rejoin the body. Aromas are a bit odd, notes of sweet grape, caramel, and fig conficting with one another, with a saccharine brown sugar overtone. Flavors are similarly off-kilter, sweet fruits and oddly vegetal notes showing amidst a caramel and brown sugar malt base. There is no peat to be found, something I typically relish within the style. Medium bodied and smooth, the mouthfeel is a bit syrupy and overly sweet. I’m not impressed with this one.
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to JMFG. Coppery color. Hell of alot of caramel, sugar and toffee. Alcohol is a bit strong in the smell, but not so much in the taste at all. Really liked the texture and taste.
hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Mostly clear orange ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. The luxuriant aroma is a malty, fruity swirl of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, medium sherry and a tropical fruit blend. Full-bodied with a slick, oily mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Fruity, malty, vinous flavor. Lengthy, sugary, toffee and caramel finish. Thanks to JMFG for sharing a very nice version of my favorite style!
PhillyBeer2112 (2691) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy hopscotch. Reddish copper color. Heavily caramelized melanoidin malt nose. Maybe there’s a hint of spicy hop. Flavor is nicely caramelized sweet malt dominated.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Retorp. Pours a clear amber with a small lasting off-white head that leaves good lacing. Fruity aroma with notes of caramel, sweet malt, earthy hops, and a touch of toasted malt. Taste is the same as aroma but more prominent. medium mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. A damn fine brew.
sebletitje (8269) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of cigarcitybrew.
pours amber with beige head.
Aroma is fruity with notes of cherry and loaded with caramel malts. There is an enjoyable candi sugar nose coupled with a touch of vanilla.
Taste is very smooth and sweet. I noted more of the dark fruits than in aroma with this light creamy vanilla mouthfeel.
At 8abv, the beer will not let you down. The overall aspect coats the palate and leaves you wanting for more.
Ibrew2or3 (7777) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Finally, my second brew sampled from Pelican. YES. Pours copper to deep red cherry with thin tan head. The aroma is a smack in the face with a sack of ripe cherries backed up by raisins, some grainy malts, roasted malts and biscuit. Very fruity. The taste is similar with a load of rich sweet cherry goodness then moving toward sugar sweet malts and vanilla cream soda note just beyond midway. Very cherry brew.