hopdog (8443) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz can. Poured an amber color with an off white head. Caramel, toasted nuts, and some lighter fruitiness.
jgb9348 (4434) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2014
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a solid cola tint when held up to a light with a half centimetre tall tan head - decent looking. Aroma of pure cereal and funk - this smells exactly like Goya Malta or any other cereal malt beverage - just plain bad. Medium-bodied; Assertive cereal and funky malt flavours at first with nothing else following behind except for some odd sweetness and a hint of pears and other fruit. Aftertaste leaves nothing to be proud of - just some deep malt flavours and a funkiness that persists. Overall, a pretty poor offering, given that there isn’t much flavour and when there is, it’s just bad and not pleasant at all. I sampled this twelve ounce can purchased from Total Wine in Tampa, Florida on 03-January-2014 for US$1.99 sampled at home in Washington on 04-March-2014.
Beerman6686 (3719) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one poured a darker amber color with an off white head. Aroma was of caramel, dark fruits, and toast. Flavor was similar, very well integrated, flavorful, and simple.
mounty4life (2) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sweet caramel session beer....best scottish ale I have ever had! Small roasty flavor that is great for a medium brown ale
suprchunk (1926) - Crestview, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour with some glinting red. Small off-white head that quickly falls leaving some small amount of lacing. Not much though. Big malty aroma. Biscuit and bread. Very malty taste. Some notes of bread and a slight roasted note. Very tasty. Sweet malt finish. Good.
alobar (2584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a chestnut brown color with a cream-colored head. Aroma of nuts, caramel, and dark fruit. Sweet flavor with caramel, cherry, and nuts. Decent beer, but a bit weak for the style.
boxofrane (1846) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can. Pours reddish brown with a small white head. The aroma has light chestnut and some sweetness. The taste is all nuts and smooth sweetness. Solid.
MarkSachon (487) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2014 Sampler draft at the 2013 Pittsburgh Vintage Gran Prix. As a Scotch ale this one was very weak in ABV and body. Also lacking was a characteristic sweetness.
Update: 12 oz can from Giant Eagle’s Shadyside location. Nothing has improved and I dislike it even more with a second tasting.
r464 (1729) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty, but not too sweetly so. Smooth with a bit of earthiness and nuttiness. Rolling finish that is slightly thin. Overall light for a Scottish ale, but that’s fine with me.
Drake (7830) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce can from House of 1000 Beers, New Kensington. Pours a clear brown color with a medium sized tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of caramel malts, berries, nutty notes. The taste is caramel malts, toffee, citrus hops, berries. Medium bodied. Decent.