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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Limited Release. 100% Scottish Maris Otter malt was used in the brewing. The combination of the scottish malts and slow aging process produces a unique brew as distinctive as single malt whiskey with a subtly different taste than any other beer. Look for a sweet malty taste with a backround of floral notes from english fuggle hops. To not be confused with the Scotch Ale that Saranac sells.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 31, 2002
Very malty flavor. Not your typical beer.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2002
about as one-dimensional as you get, but it gave me a good idea of maris otter’s malt qualities for homebrewing

0.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
laphroaig99 (1) - Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2002 does not count
As a single-malt scotch devotee, I looked at this with great interest and acquired a 6-pack. Weak body, cloying bouqet, fair head produced a decent lace. However, the flavor is simply awful: it’s not quite malty, but tinny; the flavor reminds me of when I have post-nasal drip. I still have 3 bottles of the 6-pack and I don’t know what to do with them- so awful I won’t even dare to cook with them.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (8781) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2006 Bottle... Mostly clear amber ale with orange highlights and a mid-sized, frothy, off-white head. Malty, earthy aroma with notes of caramel, yeast, spent grain, light chocolate and a hint of smoke. Malty, floral flavor with good balance. Medium-bodied with modest carbonation. Lengthy, dry finish. Grassy at the wee end.

1.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Holdwine (1075) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2002
Very disappointing. I really wanted to like this beer. Watery, not very complex. A slight unique malty taste, but nothing to crow about. Stay away (in my opinion)

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jsquire (3387) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2002
This poured out of the bottle with a nice head, clear orange color and little if any nose. This beer does not live up to the hype on the label and it is sure not that distinctive. It was a little thin. There was a nice malt sweetness to it, but not much complexity of flavor. It is an easy drinking beer, but I had expected more.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2002
You can taste the Scottish malt in this one! It’s a hint of a wee heavy, but not as strong. It’s lighter and more drinkable than a Belhaven or other ’true’ Scottish ale. Another good brew from Saranac.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ron (2441) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2002
I was suprised that it was such a creamy smooth beer with slight amount of hops at the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rib Eye (147) - USA - MAY 6, 2002
Very nice. Close to what I look for in a good refeshing beer. Medium light body with nice sweetness well balanced by light hopping.

1.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2002
Sweet, grainy, & bready with light hops in the finish. Headless, with only a mild carbonation. IMHO, not very ’Scottish’; not very much smoke (or even peat), no heavy alcohol, no robust malt, etc. Curiously, it seems to be watery AND dry at the same time! Drinkable and not overly bothersome, but I wasn’t very impressed either. Just my honest opinion.


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