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Brewed by Vancouver Island Brewery
Style: Scottish Ale
Victoria, Canada

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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 2.93/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A blend of the choicest imported hops combined with our special hopping technique creates a subdued spicy aroma and slightly dry finish. The malty and caramel-like sweetness is in perfect balance with the noble and clean hop bitterness.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dingowolf (1) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 4, 2003 does not count
This beer has a great initial aroma and looks great from the initial pour, all the way to the end of the glass with it's nice lacing. Having tried many "Scottish" beers while in Scotland, I can't say it's authentic, but definitely captures the best parts of a good Scottish beer. The taste was nice but not overly strong. The alcoholic heat is very nice, gentle, and is done to perfection. Overall a great beer and definitely near the top of my list.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sleepdirt (169) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 21, 2002
Very hoppy cream ale. Darker colour than I expected for the style, but this is an excellent beer!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fixer808 (10) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2003
It pours a nice copper hue, drinks easy, and finishes clean. All around good beer for a beef stew dinner. And it's a tiny bit stronger than some, at 6%. Very decent.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2004
Dark orange amber colour with a creamy light tan head that lasts to the bottom of the glass. Spicy hop nose and some caramel malt. Flavour is well-balanced with an assertive hoppiness and some molasses and brown sugar sweetness. Lingering bitterness on the finish. One of the better products from this brewery.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cathschlag (48) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2006
Couleur cuivrée. Mousse de couelur cuivrée légèrement plus pâle, assez abondante mais qui se dissipe rapidement. Arômes de caramel. Effervescence très présente en attaque, mais la finale est plus ronde. Un peu d’amertume en finale. Goût caramélisé.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stephen louis (162) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
On opening a slightly spicey smell,mixed with a sort of "Cream of wheat"/ malt smellI ..love the colour.Like a dark tea in with a med off white head that disipates rapidly. The taste starts slightly spicy and very malty,and smooth.finishes with a light hoppiness,finish is clean and dry but takes about 3 seconds to kick in after the swallow,again very nice. Nice body,not mousey like some cream ales or tongue coating like others.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4516) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 26, 2006
(Bottle) Thanks to Becky at the Vancouver Island Brewery for the sampler. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer - though it was a tad thin and over carbonated it had a pleasant and refreshing Scottish side amongst the caramel and roasted malt, much like a teaspoon of bourbon. Pours a medium almond-coloured head with a reddish-amber body. Dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 5, 2006
Clear amber colour with thick beige head. Mild carmel malt nose. Creamy carmel malt taste with mild hop finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crit (3350) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2003
Brown,beige head.Scarce bead. Good dry malt nose Rich but dry malt flavor with light finishing hops. Mild alcohol heat

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Trev (1935) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Pours a copper colour with a slight bubbly off white head. Mellow hop aroma with an almost herbal evergreen (pine) undertone. To their credit it does come of tasting a bit "Scottish". Nice malty start well balanced flavour with hop giving the maltiness some edge. Smooth hoppy flavour through the middle and finishes with a hoppy floral aftertaste. Don’t get the wrong impression though. The hops are noticable but still fairly subtle and not in your face. Nice overall. Good Cream Ale example with a Scottish twist. Well balanced hop and malt keep the alcohol in the blood, not on the tongue.


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