argo0 (11124) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber body with light tan head. Aroma is sweet and caramel malty. Taste is sweet up front, caramel malty -- just like you’d expect in a Scottish ale. The finish has some earthy bitterness that combines nicely with the sweetness. Medium body.
hopscotch (8393) - 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.
3fourths (7534) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 12, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark yellow color, clear appearance. Aroma resembles a lager, with a grainy nose. Medium body, sticky, with a light grain and wheat flavor. Finish has a scotch character, which is quite nice, but otherwise this one misses.
DocLock (7214) - 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.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a medium sized off-white head. Average head retention. Aroma of toasted and toffee malts and an earthy hop note. The taste is pale malts, sweet malts and a floral hop finish. Medium bodied.
jtclockwork (6255) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice dark amber pour with white head. Nose and taste is very sweet molasses. Rated 11/23/02
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown with a thin tan head. Smells fruity and breaddy. Tastes of sweet malt, fruity, soe peppery splashes. Interesting.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not like any other scottish ales yet not like an english pale ale. Perhaps it is more of a mild ale. I love using marris otter pale malt in almost all my homebrews, so this was a welcome and familiar taste and mouthfeel. Very low hop character throughout, remains smooth, and has a clean finish.
PorterPounder (4954) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2002
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma - closest thing I can think of is baby diapers! But the taste makes up for it. Quite a complex flavor to it - hard to put into words. Looks like a single malt scotch - high marks for appearance in that regard. Many complex flavors - hard to pinpoint - kind of a spicy thing going on. Had better from Saranac - but I compliment them for branching out into so many styles.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 17, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
’single malt’ come on; a lot of the best beers are ’single malt’. What we have here is a rather average ale with a little sweetness, a little sourness, and a little body and aroma. Carboardy notes throughout; mmmm. Below average even for this brewer.