Aurelius (5289) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Very transparent, medium brown, with a thin bone head. Mellow and sweet, moderately fruity aroma with some vanilla and coffee. Roasty, medium sweet. Very, very drinkable, but not the most complex or robust you’ve ever had. Slightly heavy body. Hoppy on the edge of the tongue. Roasty finish. 1010 (309) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2008
On tap at the Columbus Microbrew Festival. Not a great beer, but not as bad as others have rated it. I would say that this is a nice change of pace. DragonStout (1416) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2008
On tap at the brewpubPours a dark amber with a small tannish head.The nose was sweet, malty with some caramel. Malts and caramel were the most dominant of the flavors.Ha d a bitter sweet, hoppy finish. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of caramel, vegetal, some spice. Tastes of cherries, pepper, lots of sweet malt. Tarte finish. dwyerpg (6054) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 13, 2008
This one has a light malty aroma with something in it that isn’t good. The flavor is pretty malty. Also comes off as relatively light. Not for me.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2009 Draft at brewpub. Reddish brown body, small head, slightly smoky malty nose. Slightly smoky, sweet and malty. RERATE: Unbearably sour, yuk. beerbill (3616) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Bottle. I can’t imagine the brewer creating this beer, tasting it, and proclaiming, "this one is ready." Something must have happened along the way to this bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown. The aroma wasn’t good, but wasn’t awful either with some malt and stale cigarettes. The flavor, however, was vile. Holy crap! Stale cigarettes left out in the rain in an ashtray and then left to mildew. Makes me think I need to go back re-visit some of my other bottom-dweller ratings to put this one in proper perspective. Hideous. fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Bottle. Rotten prunes and bitter tobacco. Quite gross. goldtwins seemed reasonably confident this was in a rateable condition, but perhaps less so? LilBeerDoctor (3903) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Bottle shared by goldtwins. This is possible one of the worst beers I have ever tasted. Pours a dark amber with a thick tan head. Aroma of cigarette smoke. Flavor is sharp and biting and tastes like cigarette-liquid. Just really really nasty stuff. How this beer gets decent ratings, I have no idea. Absolutely foul beer. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2008
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark mahogany body with a small, wispy, white head.
Smell: Aroma of toasted nuts and toasted grains with a note of non-toasted fruits underneath.
Taste: Middling maltiness tasting of caramel and nuts with a mild sweetness. Light smoke component. Not really much hoppiness in this thing. Altogether nutty finish. It’s all very simple, folks.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Decent enough for a Scottish Ale, I suppose, though I certainly wouldn’t race back to try another.