DocLock (7421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this with the 2003 12 Beers of X-mas. Pours straw colored, with an aroma of dry white wine, scotch, and slight citrus. Medium head. First taste is hoppy and super dry. I can really taste the single-row barley! Finishes smooth, dry, and slightly acrid. This is the Johnny Walker Black of beers, and I think some reviewers didn't realize what they were going for here. Very crisp. Like a fine Scotch/white wine/beer hybrid. Very complex. Nice.
DYCSoccer17 (3205) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 9, 2004
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours a very slightly hazy copper color with a small .5cm white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is very malty with maybe a hint of chocolate in there. Finish is watery and thin without much taste. A little smokiness. Start is overhopped. Not balanced at all. Crappy job.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light copper in color with a small white head.Malty,toasty,hoppy,starts sweet and dry and clean.
Duke (117) - New York, USA - FEB 6, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Can't pin the nose..grainy, maybe corn. Very flat watery palate. No finish, nothing. Not real familiar with the style but I'll pass on this one.
Indra (2558) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 18, 2004
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Light, malty aroma, with vague hints of toasted grain, butterscotch and toffee. Light-medium copper color, clear, probably the lightest Scottish ale I've seen to date and having a slight head. Flavor is subdued, with notes of apple, caramel and towards the finish some faint hop spice. Light-medium body, palate is rather thin and effervescent. Yep, it's Maris Otter all right, just in ridiculously small quantities. The most boring of this style I've tried to date.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2004
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light brown in color. Malty nose with some cookie aroma and caramel. Malty, watery flavor with a disappointing weak finish. Not really a scottish ale by any stretch.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Your buddies who dig Yuengling Lager would like this one. Light caramel malt. Inoffensive, drinkable.
garrison (748) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I know my Scottish ales... this ain't one. Bland and lacking the complexities of a good ale, I have to rank this one on the lower tier of my "drinkable" list.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle, goblet. Average, creamy, frothy, white head is slowly diminishing and sits on a honey colored body. Caramel, toasted grain malt (M); flowery hops (L); peat, oak, smoke, honey aromas. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a lightly sweet, lightly bitter, moderately acidic finish. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: maybe I was spoiled by that bottle of Glenlivet 18 yo earlier this week, but this is not good.
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Saranac 12 Beers undated package (purchased 12-02): A triumph! Incredibly smooth malty body with small hops. Very rich and tasty. Might buy again if it was date stamped and reasonably priced.