brenn79 (1725) - 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 (3727) - 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. It’s medium bodied and easy drinking. Like many Sam Adams beers, it’s a decent craft brew but not outstanding.
Palme (3603) - 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 (2073) - 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, it’s something to think about, but not really worth making an effort for.
Hair6a11 (1426) - 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 don’t find it slightly sweet, but predominately so. In fact, I’d 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.
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear but deep red/amber hue with a decent little off white head.
Aroma is mostly caramel malt, witha hint of smokiness from the peat-smoked malt. But overall it doesn’t have the strongest aroma.
Almost surprisingly where this beer lacks in aroma it more than makes up for in flavor. This beer comes in with a medium to full bodied but big smoky flavor. Caramel malts and even some light earthy hops show through for excellent balance in the extensive smoky finish. Soft and somewhat creamy mouthfeel make it an easy drink. I enjoyed it but I don’t know if I would necessarily consider this my style.
mcox90 (1691) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass. Pours a dark amber/copper color with a 1 finger beige head. Aroma is light caramel malt with a mild scent of hops.Taste is caramel and toffee to start, then turns to light peat and toasted malt. Some nutlike flavor. A touch of smoke in the finish. Moderate bodied palate.
Pershing (487) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brownish-red with good size tan head that slowly fades away. Good amount of carbonation with a smokey malt aroma. Slightly bitter with good mouthfeel. Finishes dry with a lingering aftertaste. I wish they still bottled these in the 22 ouncers.