deaconmike (470) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2016
On tap at ballast point little Italy. Nice looking caramel beer. Aroma fairly heavy on the dishrag side for me. Bready malts dominate. A little thin. MaBeer1972 (2052) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 4, 2016
Bomber from Julio’s. Pours out a rich deep amber color. Pillowy tan head settles to almost nothing. Well balanced sweet malty notes. Easy drinking and very tasty. Quick3Beers (1231) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 2, 2016
Pours a rich leathery brown from a bottle. Don’t get me wrong, the aroma and flavor aren’t leathery. Just the color. The aroma is very slightly of caramel and toffee. Flavor is kind of like a very dry cream soda or something. But absolutely no leather. Good no-leather beer. tfontana (968) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 1, 2016
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from One Stop Market. Aroma is caramel, light fruit. Appearance is mainly clear (light haze), reddish dark amber with consistent trace sparkle, fizzy ephemeral finger-width light brown head (like a soda) and no lacing. Taste is moderately sweet caramel, English hops. Palate is medium-to-full bodied with thick, sticky texture, average carbonation and mildly sweet caramel finish. Overall, a straightforward Scottish ale without tremendously bold aroma/taste--especially for the heavy palate--and a pour more resembling a soda. Kinda weird. grimreaperguru (263) - santee, California, USA - JUL 24, 2016
Pours a dark mahogany color with a short lived light tan head. The aroma was of sweet caramel. The flavor of was of a sweet caramel that was a little on the medium side. The body was full with a light bitter aftertaste. Overall a good beer.
Beerowulf (118) - , Indiana, USA - JUL 9, 2016
Bottle poured into English pint. Aroma of malt and slightly metallic. Tastes of coffee and malt. Slight carbonation. Little to no lacing on glass. An average session able ale. patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 3, 2016
tap - Pours dark amber with a slightly smoky, caramel malt aroma. It has a sweet caramel malt flavor with a hint of smoke. This is an enjoyable medium bodied beer. ffbot (420) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 20, 2016
Pour is a semi-tan brown with a small creamy head and small lacing. Smell is caramel, roasty, and some nice sweet aromas. Taste is mild caramel, nice calm coffee and a balance of malt. Long lasting caramel and a drying presence BREWMUSKCLES (2685) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2016
not overly full of whiskey and peat. that my friends is a plus. moderate body with a touch of oil. balanced with sweetness rare for a Scots ale. refreshing and as might gather not overpowering yet genuine. the piper may be down you Bastard but he’s not out!!! Darkmagus82 (2302) - - MAY 21, 2016
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep mahogany brown color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head fades rather fast leaving a good deal of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma of the brew is strong of a roasted malt and molasses smell. Along with these aromas comes some other smells of caramel and darker fruits with just a hint on a floral hop note.
Taste – The taste begins much drier then I would have anticipated from the nose, starting with just a hint of caramel sweetness mixed with a rather stronger roasted bready taste. As the taste advances the caramel upfront fades away with a light dark fruity flavor taking its place. At the same time some hop flavors of a grassy and floral hop taste mixed with a little bit of graininess come to the tongue and with a light earthy hop coming at the very end, one is left with a rather dry and roasty taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather low. The low carbonation is nice for the style, but a thicker body would have accentuated the roasty flavors slightly better. Overall, it was an OK feel.
Overall – I have to say I am a bit disappointed with this Ballast Point brew. They normally do most all styles nice, but this was way too dry and flavorless for a Scottish ale in my opinion. Certainly not their best…