kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap, at brewpub. Pours a clear amber to brown body with a small wispy white head. Nice malty nose, a little light peat and some light roasted malt. The flavor is malt driven and pretty clean with a slightly husky and grainy finish. A little sticky with moderate fizzy carbonation. OK, but rater run of the mill.
joechristenson (149) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a well done Scotch Ale. Beautiful mahogany color with a deep ruby overtone. Sweet, malted barley aroma. Certainly a "roasted chocolate" flavor, hints of toffee and a very slight taste of sweet fruit. Buoyant on the palate.
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 3, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft at the brewpub. A semi-clear copper amber pour with a thin off-white head that disappears quickly. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, roasted nuts and maybe bread. I was quite impressed by the aroma. Taste was not as good as the aroma. Flavors of butter, malt, and a toffee or butterscotch come through, but all are weak except for the butter. I think this is what turned me off more than anything. It was not bad, just not as good as I would have expected.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask pour into Pint Glass.
Dark reddish-brown, dark ruby when held up to light. Thin head.
Aroma of smoky, caramel malts, light hops.
Malty, sweet, but not quite as sweet as expected. Smoke and biscuit flavors. I never know what to expect from Scotch Ales, as some seem to actually be Export Scottish Ales (80), while others are very sweet and are definitely Wee Heavys. This tastes in between; maybe this is what would be deemed a 90 shilling.
Low carbonation, relatively dry despite semi-sweet taste.
Easy to drink. Overall nice flavor, so could definitely have another.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub.
Pours a clear chestnut brown with white wispy head that leaves almost no lacing. Aroma is surprisingly sweet and vinous. This is unlike any Scotch-style ale Iíve ever smelled. Flavor is intensely rich and vinous, though itís "rich" without being "thick" or syrupy. In fact itís a pretty thin palate on this beer. Very modest hop bitterness. This is almost like a light-bodied traditional Englsih barleywine. Iím not sure how accurate this is for a Scotch ale, but it sure is impressive on its own merits.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint at the brewery - Aroma is toasted malts, caramel and toffee. Flavor matches but is very sweet and thin. Too clean and non-eventful to be a good scotch ale.
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A rich, dark, red tinted, brown colored beer with a rich, tan, creamy head. Dirty, malt aroma. Heavy, syrupy mouthfeel. Very sweet flavor with molasses, sugar, roasted toffee, and caramel. Heavy caramel malt flavor. A little chocoaltely, light and sweet onthe finish. This would make a good after dinner beer, after a roasted lamb or something.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the brewery. Very dark brown pour with an off-white head. Sweet malty, caramelly aroma. Light fruity flavor, more caramel, nice sweetness, very nice drinker.
drfabulous (4792) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 18, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malt bomb. Lots of malt but lacking some of that chocolate remainder you get from a scotch ale like Great Divideís Claymore.
OzarkElmo (303) - Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
June 15, 2009 draft at brew pub. Pretty good for the style, one of which I am not very fond of. Pours a dark amber/brown with light head. Medium to thin body with slight bitter finish, with hint of alcohol.