I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2002
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad for a US brewrey. Its missing the strong malt and peat smoke I’ve tasted in other scotch ales. The hop finish was unexpected in this style and, in my opinion, threw it off.
drunkenman99 (6) - USA - AUG 29, 2002 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a light shade of true "bottle brown"-- which is to say brown with a yellow accent. a wisp of haze within that could pass for fog on the glass. the head sleeps if ignored, but gets feisty with a swirl. maltiness of course greets the nose, along with any ripe reddish fruit, plus alcohol and a crust of bread; imagine swabbing up a spill of peach schnapps with your woolen tartan. aye, that’s the smell. sweet, smooth, robust, leaving no part of the tongue unattended. highly reccommended for all clan gatherings and castle sieges.
Panzuriel (1310) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2003 Another good Scottish Ale. Too many of these are too strong. This one has a nice medium amount of hops and a nice smooth malt flavor.
mribm (457) - Ocala, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This copper colored beer poured with a small tannish colored head, leaving no lace as I drank it. It has a very sweet malt nose that invites you to take a sip. I am a hop lover, but I feel this beer has too many hops for the style. It isn’t bad, however the hops linger in the aftertaste, when I’m expecting the malt to come through.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2005
12 oz bottle pours dark amber almost brown with a huge foamy clingy off white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my pint glass, has a sweet fruity, bready and citrusy hoppy aromas. Nice sweet fruity cherry, caramel and vanilla flavors, nice bitter-sweet finish, medium to full body with a smooth creamy mouthfeel, hoppy for the style, but what is not from this brewery.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 13, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2003 The barkeep bought me one of these last night for my birthday, though he poured it with no head, there was still a slight malt aroma, but nothing like the real scotch ales. Flavour had hints of caramel and chocolate, with a slight bitter finish. Very nice.
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2006 (2/15/06, 12oz bottle) I always wondered if I had a bad bottle of this way back when, and given that it was from the days when they had a contract brewer, I knew a return to this rating was in order. Clear copper body with small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some chocolate, roast, light cherry, hint of smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, chocolate, roast, light smoke. Light-medium body, a bit thin, though the alcohol is well hidden. Definitely better than the last bottle I had. (7/3/7/3/14).
(8/10/02) Light brown with healthy off-white head. Sweet caramel aroma, with just a hint of hops sneaking in at the periphery. Flavor is quite sweet caramel, almost cloying, even though the hops become slightly more pronounced. Still, almost no bitterness to speak of -- definitely not my kind of beer. (5/3/4/3/9)
sparky99 (4) - petoskey, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2002 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
allthough this beer was pleasing and enjoyable i felt it lacked anything that distinguished it apart from the countless raft of americanized versions of Scottish Ales.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reading through previous ratings, I think that the malt character of this beer has been remarked on enough. That said ... this beer is very malty. The malts mask the 7.2% alcohol very well. Subtle hops texture lends some balance. Put a hand up my kilt and call me Quenched, this is a good beer!