beastdog75 (362) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting concept I must say. Good, malty beer with a decent hop presence. Butterscotch notes here. Nothing that reminds me too much of Scotch. One of the sweeter Saranac beers.
fishonmyplane (279) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 24, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This one had a hint of the maltiness that a scottish ale should have, but it was just too weak. Not just weak, this beer was borderline watery; it's like a scottish light beer. The flavor wasnt bad, there just wasnt enough of it. Saranac is an alright brewery, but they really need to put more substance into their beers if they want to rise above the level of mediocrity.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2003
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours with an off white head on a pale copper body. The aroma is mostly roasted malt smell with a little bit of a peat smell. The aroma vaguely reminds me of bourbon or scotch, with a little note of floral hops. The flavor has a strong citrus note with some malt flavors, but not as much sweetness as the aroma leads you to believe. Citrus with a slight bitterness on the finish. The citrus characteristics fade as the beer warms, leaving a lackluster flavor. The mouthfeel is a little too astringent and crisp, almost like lemonade with some carbonation in it. Due to the unusual and not so flattering flavor and finish, the drinkability suffers. I think I'll stick to single malt scotch.
Sturgess (173) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2003
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Single Malt's are rare...I like my beer malty, maybe too malty, so I was biased going into tasting this, but I was happy with the end result
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 3, 2003
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
This beer begins with less malt taste than it should and flattens out making the alcohol/scotch flavor at the end seem unbalanced. Would not benefit from more sweetness, needs some bitter hops, even if in a small quantity.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly cloudy brown hue, malty aroma, similar to scotch. Tastes slightly sweet with a good amount of malt, somewhat stroung taste of alcohol that I could do without.
manolager (18) - Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2003
1.4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Very sweet at the start then an orange taste with a burnt hint. Funny smell, could be the wiskey I was thinking made it into this beer!
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2003
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
a quick retreat of tight little dough colored bubbles left me alone with this slightly burnished orange soda tinted brew. certainly no scottish ale, but it could serve as an aid to identifying the marris otter malt. it could, but doesn't since it kinda stinks: just smells like dry ohio dirt. i had to practically shake it to arouse a bit more aroma, and finally there reluctantly issued upward a note of orangish caramel. tastes sweet, gentle carb, more orange and waffle malts, a whiskeyish impression bolstered by some alcohol. just a bland amber that doesn't smell too good.
jjw2000 (72) - USA - MAR 28, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2003 I enjoyed the sweet flavor and its combination with a fair, not overly heavy, body. Crisp finish.
kwoeltje (2152) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 25, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Interesting concept. OK head. Malt aroma. Light brown. Sweet malt taste with floral tones. A bit thin.