UDBeernut (1853) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
a: deep brown color, almost but not quite black. Frothly 1/4" head. Reduced to medium lacing
s: nut and hops
t: hop bitterness balanced with nut and grain, nothing too exciting
m&d: full body beer with light carbonation
grebs (71) - Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2009
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
AGH! The smoke! Is that the only flavor of this thing? It looks nice, though.
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at brewpub
A decent Scottish ale I would drink this again at $2.50 but not actively seek it out. Good for the local community it serves a need though is not worth rushing to try unless you want to get yet another Scottish Ale.
Aroma / Appearance - Blackish brown in tone there was not much head, but then the glass was filled almost to the brim. Cherry hard candy, chocolate dipped beans, and malt are the three primary characteristics that stand out.
Flavor / Palate - Malty and lightly bitter it sits on the tongue before beginning its trip down the throat. Semi-sweet and fluid it washes away the previous beer nicely. A decent value during happy hour I wouldn’t buy this at full price.
b33r (685) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at 69 Taps in Akron. Color was a nice dark copper with a small diminishing head. Aroma was malty but a little weak. Flavor had nice malts and caramel flavors. It was light and pretty easy to drink.
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Oakroom in Athens Ohio. Dark, almost black. Very sweet aroma, Medium body and very malty. Smooth with a nice finish.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Had this back to back with the better known McChouffe, also a scottish ale. It didn’t compare too favorably. Relatively flat in palate and flavor. Dark brown with a little head. A little bit of barn, a little bit of malt. Happy to drink it but not too memorable. Liked the medieval warrior guy on the label though. Black Douglas sounds tough. I thought his beer would be a little stronger.
aracauna (3138) - Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper brown. Richly malty caramel and brown sugar flavor. A bit of dried fruits under that. Sweet, but tasty. Just seems to be a little lacking compared to other Scottish ales I’ve had.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 17, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Toasted oats, maple notes in aroma. Dark red/brown color with a smallish head. Flavor is malty, slightly bitter, caramel and chocolate notes.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mild malty aroma. Small tan head fades quickly. Thin in flavor and body. The bitterness comes through nicely but is not balanced well by enough maltiness.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A lighter tasting scottish ale - my main complaint is that it lacked body. First sip or two - not much going on. Well, this needs to warm - malts became sweet and smokey and lingered in the finish. Low hop quotient, fine for this beer. Not bad - could be a decent session ale.