bluejacket74 (1721) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce can, no canning date that I could find but I’m pretty sure this was a new arrival at my local beer store so I’m assuming it’s a somewhat fresh can. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/amber color with about an inch off-white head that stuck around a little while. There’s also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like nuts, grainy/bready malt, toffee and some eathiness. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s also some light peaty smokiness and fruitness (apple, pear) noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. Truthfully, I only bought this because Maxwell is my last name. But this is a nice Scottish Ale, it’s certainly worth a try! If you like malty Scottish Style Ales, might as well try this one. $2.79 a can.
dmac (5159) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz can from Xroads. Poured a clear orange-brown with a small bubbly light beige head. Aroma is earthy, light peat, caeamel and chocolate malts, nuts and tea. Flavor is real nice, peat, earth, nut shells, dried out orange rinds, dough, hint of toffee. Body is a touch thin with average bubbly carbonation. Rather surprised by this one I like it.
PorterPounder (6892) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clearwater, Fl - Total Wine - 12 oz can. Dark amber pour, light off-white head. that fades quickly. Light toffee aroma with some peat-like accents. Grounded earthy flavor with some sweet toffee notes a touch of Biscotti sweetness, a touch of vegetable funkiness. Crisp mouthfeel. Pretty decent.
sebletitje (8602) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml can from Total Wine, Tampa.
Acajou au col crémeux blanc-cassé.
Arôme est malté, pâle, caramel et Munich, rétro fruité noir assez plaisant avec de fines effluves houblonnées en rétro.
Palais reste fort centré sur le malté, pâle, pointe de grillé, léger chocolaté avec un fini sec. Fruité noir, sorte de date et de figue pour une effervescence moyenne voire basse. Pointe de chocolat en poudre sur la fin. Sympa pour juste 5%, le score assez bas de cette bière ne me semble pas vraiment justifié.
chinchill (3777) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz can at the Dublin Irish Festival.
Medium body with excellent soft mouthful. The head initially looks fine but has weak retention.
Lightly Smokey aroma is dominated by dark roasted grains with a faint trace of hops at most.
The flavor is not as appealing but certainly good.
O: average flavor but very appealing aroma ... In a can.
BeerdedDave (1159) - - JUN 11, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
can; brown color; malty aroma with caramel notes; fairly well balanced; caramel malty flavor with a good deal of hop bitterness
Clarkdvm (372) - Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Drank straight from the can. Smooth, easy to drink. Richer flavor than expected. Good but not fantastic.
LetsGoState (765) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance is dark brown. Aroma is roasted malts. Taste has some roasted malts. Overall good, but not the best out there.
lamas (1527) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can courtesy of agl108. Mine says 5.1% ABV. A dark ruby pour with a thick khaki head. Some caramel, cocoa, coffee, earthy grains, and a lightly roasted nuttiness feature prominently in the aroma. Goes down relatively medium-bodied and pretty smooth. Caramel, toffee, and cocoa upfront in the taste with some roasted coffee notes at the tail-end. A subtle smoked woodsiness in the finish. Dates and figs here and there. Not terrible.
Darkmagus82 (2180) - - OCT 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 4-8-14-
Poured from can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown-mahogany color with a small bubbly head of a tan colored head. The head fades very fast leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a caramel smell along with some aromas of brown bread, chocolate, and brown sugar. Along with these aromas are some lighter raisin smells as well as a bit of an aroma of toffee and some light hoppy smells of an earth and herbal nature.
Taste – The taste begins of a sweeter brown bread, a lighter chocolate taste, and some caramel flavor. The caramel transitions more toward a toffee and molasses flavor as the taste advances. Some darker fruity flavors come to the tongue later on in the taste with cherry and raisin being the most prevalent of the fruit. While the fruity flavors come, the caramel and toffee flavors seem to dwindle more and more, with the overall sweetness of the brew remaining relatively constant, if not growing slightly less toward the end of the taste. With a bit of a herbal and earthy flavor coming to the tongue at the very end of the taste, one is left with a rather malty and moderately sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – For a brew of only 5.1 % abv, this is one thick and chewy brew with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are very nice for the style and flavors and make for a thick and chewy feel that is well beyond the expected.
Overall – The mouthfeel of this brew in conjunction with its moderately sweet, but rather malty flavor really make this brew a nice drinker. A very interesting scotch ale that tastes much bigger then it should (at least in terms of its abv.). A rather nice brew overall.