jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2003
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Quick disapearing head, reddish amber coloring. Flowery malts in the aroma. Not much for the palate. Some hops in the finish, however it does not rest for very long after you swallow.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 9, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
If a beer could be too crisp (which I daresay it could), this would be the one. I wouldn't say it was overly fruity tasting (the aroma was however), just enough to balance the bite that gets you in the back of the throat when you are ready for another fragrant sip.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gooood Schtuff. Very heavy on the malt flavors without seeming too one-sided. This beer is a good example of why I love scottish ales. Fruity, yes...I got a lot of pineapple and peach, but smokey this is not. In fact, this aspect was prominently absent, and to me the peatiness is one of the defining characteristics of a Scottish Ale. Good but not great; needs a little more polish. Also, I got the same, funky MSG aftertaste that I got with Dogfish Head's Raison d'Etre; interesting. A little light in appearance for the style...ruddy beer is OK by me.
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2003 This just great beer. Malt, Roasted malt and roasted barley you can taste it all. Hops yep enough that this beer as malty as it is does not come across as sweet. You can't taste the alcohol and this beer is not a filling as most of this style so be careful
49degrees (49) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oooooh. I really like this beer. Out of the traditional PNW bottled staples, Pike's Kilt Lifter and Bridgeport's Pintail Ale are among the more frequently chosen brews to have, Modelled after traditional scotish heavy ales, Pike's version has an interesting blend of smokey peat on the palette along with some real thirst quenching kicks from its arrangement of hops.
Pours very clean with a moderate size head, giving way to a decent collar, a tight surface foam and decent glass lacing. Although not pegged as a bitter, this one certainly plays double duties for my own tastes and because it has a fairly bitter punch to it, itís a great addition with a meal. But be forewarned, if you're not careful, this 'heavy' will quickly become a warming ale as its 6.6%abv can sneak up on you when you least expect it,
When you see Pike Place in the store, this Pike Kilt Lifter is the one I'd recommend from this classic Seattle brewery.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet, with sometimes bitter aftertaste. Can taste and feel the alcohol when downing a six pack of the stuff. Good Scottish ale.
Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sparkling amber with thin head. Good malt nose. Malt flavor with medium strength lingering hop finish
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet stuff. Malt and malt. Roasted/caramel malts, yeast, vanilla, slight spicy hop aroma. Fresh malt aroma (dusty). Sweet stuff with a slight bitter finish. Maybe a little one dimensional (sweetness), but pretty good anyway.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light in color, not in alcohol. Tasty, to be sure, good aroma and all, but I want more peaty smokiness, damnit! And more Dilithium crystals, Kep-ten!
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - OCT 30, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I drank this about 10 minutes before DPS had me in hadcuffs on the floor and were searching through my beer notebook looking for evidence to bust Zach, Mainiac, Mark, Tina, and Stephanie with.