Byrdman (41) - Maryland, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark amber with nice head. Nose is peaty. Chewy, good hops. Long finish, donít get a lot of smoke however
BrianDorry55 (329) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours brown with a medium beige head. Aroma is caramel, rye bread, peat, and mollasses. Flavor is mollasses, rye bread, wheat, and caramel. Medium body.
0o9i (436) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Copper color, clear, off-white head and no lace. Aroma is light, nutty, caramel, smoke. Mouth is medium with light, foamy carbonation and a dry finish. Flavor is lightly sweet, surprisingly hoppy (citrus, pine, wood), caramel, smoke, doesnít highlight the malts as expected. Not much of a Scotch Ale, but nice. Kind of plain.
brenn79 (1329) - Idaho, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle- Pours clear red to brown with a nice fluffy off white head, lacework is good, nice looking beer. The aroma is a good sweet maltyness with a pale grain background, started out nice and ended not as good. The flavor is creamy up front, followed by a malty sweetness, very bread like, rye bread actually, a nice smoky flavor shows itself as it warms. The body is medium, but a little thin for the style, carbonation is high, finish is sweet and smooth. Overall scottish ales are still relatively new to me, this seems like the more sessionable but not complex version of the style, decent though.
TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark brown hue with a medium sized tan head and lace that sticks to the glass but not noticing any carbonation bubbles in there. The aroma is thick caramel and butterscotch over a broad wheaty malt base. I can pick out a smidgen of hops in the smell, lets see if they carry through to the taste. Taste is very malty, leaning toward bread and banana but the hops indeed does come about balancing this robust beer bringing this interesting style full circle. The palate is uncommonly heavy for a Sam Adams but just right for this flavor style. An entertaining variation from Sam Adams.
patrick767 (3232) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle - Pours amber with a one finger head. It smells of toasted caramel malt. The flavor is sweet, toasted caramel malt, very mild hops bitterness, and a touch of smoky peat. Itís medium bodied and easy drinking. Like many Sam Adams beers, itís a decent craft brew but not outstanding.
Palme (2669) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 27, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
0.355l bottle. Pours a deep amber body with a thin off-white head leaving some lacings. Aroma is caramel, dark malts, thin hops and a hint of thin chocolate . Quite watery palate, medium bodied and low carbonation. Tastes light caramel - kinda sweet with notes of lightly smoked malts, dark hops and the whole thing ends with a thin, light hopy and semi-dry finish. Almost no aftertaste what so ever.
bpreo (1312) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
I visited Boston this past November. Sure, the Boston Beer Company was on my mind, but I never pursued it. The same goes for this beer, itís something to think about, but not really worth making an effort for.
Hair6a11 (1227) - Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle; Pour is dark golden/amber with an off white head; spotty lacing in this snifter. Aromas are caramel malt and a mild smokiness, coupled with the peat, that you would probably expect for the style. I donít find it slightly sweet, but predominately so. In fact, Iíd say this was the second weakest of the recent 6 beer pack, second only to the wit. I find the brew slightly off putting, when you look at the flavor profile as a whole. Not impressed.
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottled pours amber with a moderate off white head. aromas of peet and caramel. flavors are mostly smoke and peet with a touch of earth and caramel. its medium bodied with a lingering finish.