nearbeer (3278) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. Dark iced tea with a small disc of bubbles. Sweet nose of toffee, with some earthy toasted walnut and maybe some peat. Flavor is the same. Medium body is sweet and smoothly carbonated.
Lowe1983 (1304) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of caramel malts, slight chocolate, molasses, and only a hint of roasted malts. Flavor is pretty malty with the chocolate, molasses, and roasted malts. Flavor doesn’t linger too long. Overall a decent Scottish Ale.
Sammy (7709) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A decent serviceable Scottish. A moderate smokey aroma, a little peaty taste. Dark yellow colour, modest off-white head. Creamy mouthfeel. Satisfying, spot-on style, though not terrific.
Tmoney99 (9585) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Medium toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium toasted malt sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. An average brew for style.
cheap (3657) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Out of a 12oz bottle. Somewhat soapy aroma. Pour is gradualy exploding foam. Even with a gentle pop and careful pour, this stuff foamed up to a big rocky head. 5 inches non fade. Color is slightly hazy orange brown with plenty of rolling CO2 visible. Meaty personality with a leathery background, lots of personality, comes across more than the 5.3% listed here, quite a bit more. Even to the last drop there is a big rocky head. Beer in glass seems to have less CO2 than right out of the sizzling bottle. Low grade creamy sluggy finish.
alexsdad06 (3806) - Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a crystal clear deep amber color with a medium sized creamy beige head that disappears quickly. The nose is sweet caramel malts, hints of spice, and mild fruit. The flavor opens sweet with caramel and a mild fruitiness standing out. These flavors immediately disappear into a soft grainy nothingness. There is nothing that seems off, just not enough good flavors to go around. Light-medium bodied and nothing to get excited about.
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer is a deep mahogany with a thin head and a ring of lacing. The aroma is strong with grains and toast with an underlying sweet caramel backbone. Its very sweet, typical of the style showcasing the rich crystal malts but transitions to a graininess. The finish is very short with not much in the way of flavor.
BigBeer45 (1173) - Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled version, 5.3% alc. listed on the label,
had a clear amber-brown pour with an off-white one to two finger high head, there is a good amount of effervescence in this ale,
left some bubbly lacing on the glass,
lots of malt aromas, caramel, dark earthy caramel, hints of maple syrup and candy sweetness with chocolate, there is an off-ness on the nose, not sure what it is,
there were flavors of dark caramel, dark malt, some sweetness, toasted malt,
small bitterness at the finish, deep malt flavors follow the finish, there was the off-ness in flavor (to follow the off-ness on the nose), I cannot pin down what it is,
medium mouth feel,
a so-so beer.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Dark amber with a beige head, rich caramel and toffee nose, smoked malts and a hint of hops, flavor is sweet, syrupy caramel and a bit of earthiness, nicely done.
WabashMan (1004) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 6, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fairly disappointing from Thirsty Dog, who really make an excellent Imperial Stout. However, this Scots Ale pours a dark amber, with a quickly fading, off white head. Nose is the highlight, well spiced and with nice hop and malt notes. Flavors are a burst of malt and spice, but they fade very quickly. If they lingered even a few more moments on the palate, this beer would be far more satisfying. As it is, it comes across as weak simply because the otherwise good flavors are gone far too soon.