muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, from the "brewmasters" mix pack. First time it's been available in, what, 3-4 years? Pours thinnish looking, deep reddish brown, smallish lasting head. Nose very malty and full of caramel, also slightly hickory-smoky; pretty nice. Flavor woody and bitter, but with enough juicy malts to make it quite drinkable. Finishes with a little too much carbonation, but still pretty good overall, and definitely still one of SA's best, whether its been changed or my taste is more ctitical, or not. Why the hell did they take it away? Why the hell do they want to compete with Bud?
TheBeerGod (5850) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to CAPTRON for bringing this tonight. Came from a sampler pack. Pours a reddish brown body with a meidum off-white head. Nose is very caramel-like and sweet. Some light roasted malt notes as well. The taste is good but the body a little thinner than I remember. I haven't had this in nearly 10 years before tonight. There's some malt and sugar notes along with definite caramel and very light burnt or smoked tones. The body is a little thin, as mentioned but this is pretty good and a nice trip down memory lane!
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Another Sam's brew that I have nto seen in a great while. Notes from 1999 - Clear ruby. Sweet aroma with subtle smoke. Flavor is very malty and sticky.
Kodos (205) - USA - AUG 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Found a single bottle of this at a local store. Excellent, sweet malt is all over this brew. Pours thick. Slightly peaty, nicely smoky. Finishes short. One of the better SA's.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
AIBA 2003: sweetish malts, with a relatively short finish, lightly peaty, malty rather than hoppy, true of most scottish ales, Not bad.
Panzuriel (1686) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber color, nice foam. Good malty nose. Very happy malty taste. Finishing smoothly. Not too many hops. Very good.
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2006 This was always one of the better Sam Adams brews, though I think they stopped making it. Overall, a pretty good attempt at the scots ale variety.
*****Tried again 07/06. Still one of the better beers from this brewery.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice burnt amber color, nice head. Malt aroma. Pleasant malt taste, when a Scott ale is done right there are not too many beers that are better, this is a good Scottish ale. It has been a couple of years since I have seen the red plaid covering.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep, slightly dark and rich, full-bodied, slightly smoky and perppery, rounded off with a slightly sweet finish. I wish they still made this one, because I sure cannot find it anymore.
khayman70 (153) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I liked this beer while they were making it. It was one of my favorites from Boston Beer. Wish they would make it again. I love the sweet-smokiness of this scotch ale.