laphroaig99 (1) - Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2002 does not count
0.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
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.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Holdwine (1065) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2002
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
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)
jsquire (3308) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2002
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Ron (2314) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was suprised that it was such a creamy smooth beer with slight amount of hops at the finish.
Rib Eye (147) - USA - MAY 6, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice. Close to what I look for in a good refeshing beer. Medium light body with nice sweetness well balanced by light hopping.
Aubrey (3413) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2002
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
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.
Nate (3531) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2002
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nothing really special for the hype on the bottle. Decent malt taste and their is an interesting flavor from the hops, but overall this beer is pretty watery and unimpressive.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2002
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
very disapointed with this beer. Faint smells of whiskey, roasted malt flavor. Another lack-luster brew from Saranac.