jmcgavin12 (348) - Madison, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark ruby with frothy dark head and aromas of malt, vanilla, and toasted barley. Notes of caramel and wood persist as well. Taste is moderately to heavy sweet with a bitter finish. A bit oily and medium body.
mandylee (24) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Love the reddish brown color with cream colored foam. Aroma is light, but strong enough to be enticing. First sip is high in caramel flavor but develops into a smooth vanilla with a bite at the back of the tongue.
kkleu357 (71) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty good. Dark brown reddish tiny. Taste is, caramel, raisin, vanilla. Overall, this one is good.
DCLawyer (1164) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle->tulip. Deep mahogany with thick creamy offwhite head. A: caramel malt, dark fruit, bread. T: toffee malt, dark fruit, bread, peat. Nice, very smooth.
ryrpat (53) - Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice Scottish style ale. I thought I was going to get a stronger malt taste but i am glad i didnt. Perfect taste and very smooth
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msnelling09 (72) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours a nice dark and syrupy ruby-brown with a little head of miniscule, light tan bubbles that fizzle away to the smallest of rings around the glass. In body, the beer is clean of particles, but dark and a little murky, like looking through a bottle of Aunt Jemimaís syrup. On the nose, the beer smells richly of bready malts. Brown sugar-coated raisins mingle with soft peat smoke and light bacon scents atop the rich, caramel bread smell which gives this beerís nose a backbone. There is a light touch of sweet alcohol, and definite rich biscuit, chocolate, and bread notes as the beer warms. On the tongue, this beer tastes richly sweet with malts. The beer finds balance through light bitter roast and light savory bacon flavors from the smoked malt. Ever-so-soft herbal hops also gently bitter the tongue beneath all of the other tastes, while slightly cloying alcohol does touch on the middle of the sip. On the tongue, the beer feels medium in body with a lightly chewy, yet velvety mouthfeel and a very soft carbonation and prickle on the tongue. As the beer warms, the mouthfeel seems to thin out a little, which is too bad. The flavor begins as sweet raisins and light bacon and peat smoke, slowly moving slightly towards a cider-like flavor and then swiftly to warm caramel bread with a touch of cola. Faint herbal bitterness can be sensed throughout the sip, and the beer finishes with a nice long touch of bacon-like flavors and a touch of chocolate and bread. The aftertaste lingers with smoke and caramel sweetness while the tongue feels oddly scraped and dry. Slight maple syrup flavors can also be sensed. Overall, this is a nice beer with great malty complexity and a terrific transition of flavor as the beer warms. The closer you get to room temperature the more maple syrup notes you get from the malt, but you also get a touch more the herbal hops. A beer to try for sure.
Uhlen (222) - Trondheim, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep caramelly brown pour, with a small tan head. Aroma of burnt caramel, raisins, malt extract, licorice. Taste is heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness. Full bodied, long finish.
TimsRatings (268) - - SEP 29, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From 12oz bottle.
Pours a burnt copper with thin head. Malt aroma with a touch of fruit. Crisp, smooth malt flavor. Scottish ales are not my favorite style, but this beer is wonderful.
I'd love to have more, but you can't get it locally (Raleigh)...
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olr1984 (712) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle pours dark brown with a tan head. Sweet malt aroma. Caramel bready malt taste
Hopsclation (79) - Chicago, - SEP 17, 2013
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2013 People that give this tepid reviews must just not like the style, because if you have any taste or appreciation for scotch/scottish ales you have give the bruce its due. To my taste, itís the best of the genre in the world (not counting imperials like backwoods bastard..) Flavor is like oatmeal mixed with toffee, dark chocolate truffle shavings, light bourbon, dark fruit, and hazelnut coffee. One time I actually poured it straight into a bowl of plain oatmeal, and it was the best oatmeal I have ever had.