Overml01 (225) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at the Fort Wayne release party at CS3. Probably my least favorite of the night. Not bad, mind you... just not great. Thin and mostly expressionless, the malts held my attention for just a moment, then I was ready to go back for another Timmie or Chocolate Cake. This would be nice to suck down the 4pk at the lake/party/wherever without much thought... and with the admittedly impressive canned artwork and "drinkability" (God I feel dirty using that damned AB catchphrase in a craft review), you might use it to pull a few more converts to the craft world. In short, its for non-thinkín drinkín.
ARH (724) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap, poured into a sampler glass. The aroma is sweet, dark fruit, (raisin and plum) with an undertone of caramel. Itís clear with a malty caramel brown hue and is topped by a dense soap, slightly off-white head retaining a medium thick ring with a dash of a fuzzy surface, and leaves a good amount of dense sheet lace. The taste is a muted, medium sweet with a light bitter touch. The beer is oily with a soft zip carbonation. The medium malty body has a mild roasted character with tones of nuts, toffee, and brown sugar. The finish is surprisingly crisp with a caramel syrup flavor that turns more roasted in the dry aftertaste.
cards04 (2080) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 22, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pretty weak Scottish ale. Muted aromas... Some peat and sweet malt. Flavors are a bit of caramel and banana. Thin and watery.
arminjewell (7824) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, hazy reddish pour with off white head, aroma brought caramel, toffee, some grass, hints of bread, dough, not a whole lot there. Taste is sweet caramel, bread, biscuit, some earth, touch of grass, finishing sweet.
edgallow (2518) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 1, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
15 oz can pours brown with an off white head. Aroma of malts, fruit and spice. Taste is malts, grain and fruit.
pinkzambia (1577) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 28, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Can: brown with a tan head. This is an awful example of a Scottish ale. This is crap and tastes like a dark lager essentially. Meh.
RobertDale (3969) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at GABF. Comes reddish brown with a small tan head. Mild aroma of malt, fruit, and caramel. Taste is similar. Somewhat sweet, but very drinkable.
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2014
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pint can into a glass. Deep ruddy, copper pour. Sweet caramel and dark fruit aroma. Taste is woody, cola, dark fruits, vanilla, sugar. Not my favorite style...and this is a good example of all the things I dislike about it.
slowrunner77 (6546) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"I love me some scotch ale when the weather starts to turn, and while this is a nice enough brew, a wee heavy it is not. 5.4%, and you can tell. Slight earthy hops, dark fruit, caramel, and maaaaybe a hint of peat. Pretty good, but I was hoping for a standout."
Ferris (6745) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 19, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft - Sweet malty grains and toffee. Deep brown with a good beige head. Sweet toffee and light molasses. Bit of fruity esters and raisin.
ckemps35 (16) - Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great beer - and my gf loves it too! I definately get caramel and toffee in this beer, but it really isnít sweet. Iím not big on hoppy beers, and the hops/bitterness in this beer really feels balanced with all of the flavors. It looks like an ale, with a nice brown color, and smells a little sweeter than it tastes. Overall - a great beer that I enjoy a lot!