MaBeer1972 (1243) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very tasty and well made Scottish Ale. Wonderful complex malt aromas and flavors. Well balanced too. Coffee-toffee finish. Very tasty and enjoyable!
Grzesiek79 (2903) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Znakomite szkockie ale. Goryczkowe i jeszcze raz goryczkowe. Finisz goryczkowy, wyczuwalny w smaku palony słód, choć w zapachu już nie jest aż tak intensywny. Świetne i pijalne piwo, nie męczy. Można się zadumać nad tradycyjnym ale.
nearbeer (3374) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml. Clear, dark chocolate with ruby tints. Lasting half-inch of light brown sugar foam above. Nose of toasted walnut, lightly soured blackstrap molasses and hints of leafy smoke. Taste is similar on the front, becoming a bit more dark chocolate in the middle, and then some woody leaf, earth, walnut shell, and smoky chicory on the nice bitter finish. Medium-heavy body is smoothly carbonated, slightly watery to make it very drinkable, and finishes lightly chalky so its not sticky-sweet at all. What a great session ale! Nice balance with some real complexity; would love to try the cask version.
Travlr (9997) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance is chestnut brown with a large, lively beige head that is long-lasting and leaves nice lacing.
Smell is burnt caramel and butterscotch, with a background of vanilla.
Taste was like a typical dark scotch ale, subtle and bittersweet, with a dry finish.
Very nice beer, easy to drink, interesting and amusing.
bluejacket74 (1177) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle, best before July 2011, label says "Scottish Heavy/Eighty Shilling Beer". Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is toffee, toasted malt, and some butterscotch. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s also some nuts and dark fruit noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it’s a bit creamy and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it’s smooth and easy to drink. And with just a 4.2% ABV, it would be a decent choice as a session beer. It certainly wouldn’t be hard to drink quite a few of these at a time. Not a bad overall brew.
Aurelius (3844) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This had a pretty nice aroma - peaty, chalky-cocoa, slight soy sauce ale aroma. Good bottle, label, very dark brew, good tan head. Nice. Roasty and a little acidic, bittersweet chocolate tones, nicely bittered all round, not very sweet. Frothy mouthfeel, nuts in the aftertaste. I really enjoyed this pint.
TATE (255) - Lubec, Maine, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. This particular bottle was labeled Scottish Heavy Eighty Shilling Beer. Bought at The French Cellar. Aroma was great, a lot of malt up front with chocolate as well. Taste is similar with big malt and maybe a little coffee flavor. While the beginning is pretty heavy, the rest mellows out and its not as bold as I was expecting and pretty easy to drink. Just a hint of malt at the end. I was pleasantly surprised by how good this was.
WeissGary (275) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Laced with a creamy and foamy head, this is a decent soft and still ale with a hint of bitter aftertaste. This is quite a sessionable, easy to find and inexpensive ale and absolutely worth picking up if you see it!
Lemke10 (658) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown with a thick fluffy head. Much like the ingredient list on the back, there are scent of malted barley, malted wheat, hops, and yeast which gives it an almost caramel scent. Starts out making you think this will be a heavy tasting beer with its malted ingredients like a stout but instead it finishes rather light. Drinks rather smooth as the malted ingredients really hit the taste buds. Finishes rather clean smooth. A decent beer with a rather interesting drinking experience.
johndoughty (3692) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark with a creamy head. Malty but not too a point when it becomes too powerful. Hops appear as you proceed drinking the beer.
A classy well balanced beer.