wlajwl (6867) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Thin in body compared to the best Scottish Ales, this had a bit of caramel and was decently malty. Not the greatest but not bad really, just a bit to thin in body. troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2011
[Tap] Part of a sampler at Lazlo’s in Omaha. Pours an even amber color with virtually no head. Sweet toffee and light alcohol in the nose. Caramel, molasses and very subtle hints of smoke in the taste. Sticky mouthfeel is mainly due to undercarbonation. Little balance. Not much going on as far as complexity here, just sweet and thin. Nuffield (4180) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2011
I don’t think this is as bad as the ratings give it. I had a six-pack while staying in the Black Hills, and it was perfectly drinkable. Thin in the aroma but decently malty in the tasting, with a light caramel and some very slight smoke. Not a great Scottish Ale but still a decent enough beer. Bottle. sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - JUN 22, 2011
[Bottle] Pours deep amber with a small off-white head that lingers nicely. Aroma is toasted malt, brown sugar, and smoke. Taste is toasted barley, just the right amount of sweetness, alcohol (I feel it more than I notice it in the taste) notes of smoke, and a little earthiness. Medium-thin mouthfeel, smooth, finish length is average. Overall, I wasn’t crazy about this at first (pegged it around a 2.9), but after letting it warm, it really grew on me. brinehart (213) - Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2011
Bottel into a paper hotel cup...which makes it a little hard to evaluate the appearance of this beer. Nice off white fine head. Very slight nose with just a hint of malt and a faint whiff of smoke. taste is very one dimensional with a crystal malt sweetness. A little watery and a very quick finish. Good balance. A middle of the road Scottish Ale, not to bad on a very rainy day in McCook, NE.
theisti (4138) - Kansas, USA - APR 1, 2011
12 oz bottle generously given to me by a friend. Best enjoyed by Month 06 Year 11 notched on the label. Pour is a slightly hazed golden orange with a pretty two inch dirty white head. The head falls with nice lacing. The aroma is a nice soft peatiness and a light mineral earthiness. Under the peat is a nice clean toasted maltiness. Taste starts with the earthy peat character, and moves quickly into sweet maltiness and finishes with a decent blast of diacetyl. This clears a bit as it warms, but remains in the long finish. Palate is medium bodied, slick oily mouthfeel and the fake butter finish. I’ll try this one again, I liked the initial nose - hope its a bit of an off bottle. madvike (3271) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Bottle from nuplastikk...thanks Greg! Pours rosy copper with a thin off-white head. Smells of maple syrup, grain, and a bit of sour malt. Taste is lactic, grainy, watery, and sour nuttiness. Pretty watery overall...not that impressive. jake65 (3942) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Black Hills Beer Fest - Muddy copper pour with a small sandy head. Musty malt and floral scent, but not quite earthy. Taste gets in some peat, malty sweetness, and bitter florals. Now the earthiness comes forth. Not bad. OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Sampled at the Black Hills Beer Fest. Pours a golden copper color. Good middle of the road brew. I wouldn’t buy it but I wouldn’t turn it down if someone offered me a bottle. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Thanks to a77cj7 for sending me this bottle.
The beer pours a dark golden color with a white head. Not quite what I expected from a Scottish Ale.
The aroma is toffee and grain, but it is very faint. There is hardly any aroma at all when the beer is cold. As it warms, a little bit more aroma comes through but still not enough to really get a read on what the beer smells like.
The flavor is more prominent than the aroma but it is still not an in-your-face experience. I get some toffee and bready malts, as well as some grassy hop notes. I don’t get any of the peat or smoke notes that are common in some Scottish and Scotch ales.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.