Sirjames (37) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2006
If you can’t get to Scotland for a Wee Heavy or 80 schilliing pick up this Scottish style ale. It pours with body that is evident, developing a creamy head. One can savour the aroma of caramel and anticipate the mouth-filling malt flavour.Sweet! Then, to finish not a harsh bite, but a smooth, citrus wash of hops to cleanse the palate. Oh for a platter of wild salmon or a roast of venison to grace the table as you quaff this elixir, surveying the pristine beauty of your private loch from the great hall of your highland castle! TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Grant’s Scottish Ale pours to a deep amber color with a creamy off white head, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is wonderful with lots of good sweet caramel malt aromas, and fresh, citric hop aromatics. The palate is firm with more good sweet and caramel malt flavors paired with some nice touches of estery fruit. The body is very soft and comforting on the tongue. Grant’s Scottish finishes with more caramel malt flavors up front, then ends with a good bit of citric hop character that slightly lingers.
This is a well done beer with lots of good malt and good hop flavors and aromas. Stylistically, it isn’t the most accurate version of Scottish Ale, but the beauty of this beer is Bert Grant never intended it to be. There is always room for a brewer to be creative, styles to Bert were but mere guidelines, they were not etched in stone. If there is one thing Bert Grant taught the beer world, he taught us that. The memory of Bert Grant will live through his beers, full of character, and just a little out of the ordinary. This is a great beer, and one that matches well with hearty dishes, and desert. I would pair this beer with a hearty beef stew, or perhaps chocolate layer cake and vanilla ice cream. Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Nice gold red body with a quickly dissipating white head. Heavy malts and hints of peet that really bring one to Scotland. An average Scottish Ale. AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2006
From a locals trade with Degarth. Thanks Joe! <P>Pours amber with a thin white head. Aroma is like vegetable juice. Tomatoes, green beans (yes I’m laughing here) and corn. OK, so it’s vegetable soup. That’s exactly it. Vegetable soup. Flavor is so bland it’s difficult to detect anything. I suppose it’s good when you’re sick to eat your vegetable soup, but for a beer, well, that ain’t so good. Kingsley (26) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Tasted in 1994! Based on notes from then. Golden-orange, almost light-copper, very clear. Low carbonatiuon, small head. Malt, butterscotch aromas predominate. The beer seems good until you taste it. Then, starting out light and malty, slightly watery, it finishes sharp and farily bitter, far too bitter for the style. Lowest rating of the 9 Scottish ales we tasted.
nick76 (4402) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2005
The aroma seems to have caramel along with vegetables and things like corn and rice in it. Not something I expect in this style. However the hops smell very nice. The appearance is amber with a small head. The flavor is not the best. There is some malt and herbs but the vegetables in the aroma seem to come through in the taste as well. The palate is thin and the finish is bitter. This is a disappointment. oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Pours a nice hazy orange. Aromas of caramel, hint of fruit and hops. Nice creamy malt taste with a nice hop bitterness. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Dark Orange Coloring with White Head. Very Light and Dry Malty Character. Some Dried Fruit...Simple and Rugged Character. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2008 [bottle - 12 oz] Clear orange pour. No head. Very little carbonation. Malts and vegetables abound on the aroma. The flavor begins with a bitter bite, then a flavor of boiled vegetables and a very bitter finish. Thin-bodied and biting on the tongue. I thought this would be a Scotch Ale. BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2005
My shit certainly wasn’t glowing read like in this picture above, but it sure was fizzy! I had some yeasty bidnuz hang outon the side erupting some serious bubbles like one of those deep sea vents spewing hot water. Kinda average taste, so don’t expect much pondering over this one. An easy pounder, malts and some faint murky hops and some caramel.