tjpasley79 (29) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 26, 2007
This is a decent beer with a smallish head and decent scent. It has a complex flavor that is a little heavy on the smoke (take this as you will since I had a Third Stone just prior to this). It is not bad, but when compared to others from Empyrean, it falls off a little. HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2007
My 3rd favorite beer at Lazlo’s. Nice and malty and enough complexity to be enjoyable as your 1st or 4th beer of the night. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 06/24/2006HulkamaniacUM (43) - Oxford, Mississippi, USA - JUN 8, 2007
clear copper, headless, light sweet malt aroma and flavor, touch of bitterness to keep it balanced,
Aroma: 4/10; Appearance: 4/10; Flavor: 4/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 9/20
Not bad, but not nearly as good as the Third Stone Brown. The roasted grains really stand out, and there’s an OK bite of hops, but the taste is a little thin. It’s not bad, but I expected a little more flavor out of a Scottish style. kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - MAY 22, 2007
12 oz bottle from Iowahawkeye (thanks!). Wow this one has a massive head, but it disspates quickly leaving almost no lace.. and no head at all...weird. Pours semi-clear gold.Nose is spicey and a little fruity.Taste starts sweet, then quickly tirns tart and spicey...almost ginger-like. Also has some witbier undertones in the aftertaste. Carbonation is high...too high. Body is light/medium. Not crazy about this one....
jefcon (1906) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2006
LIghtly roasted cereal grains dominate the aromas on this beer, some caramel and an open, grassy smell. Palate is short, and dry. Maybe a little on the thin side. The flavor profile falls down on malts, though, with a straightforward hop presence. Not much substance. valpoaj (745) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Somewhat foul aroma upon pouring, with a quickly dissolving white head. Pours a nice copper color and has a subtle caramel flavor. Nothing overly impressive, but a pleasant simple drink. Have had both in bottle form and on tap where it is brewed in Lincoln, NE, and it is a substantially better beer on tap than bottled jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - OCT 6, 2006
From a 12 oz. twist cap stubby bottle with no freshness date.
Poured a clear orangey copper with a foamy white that settled into a thin lacing.
Aromas of a watery peat, a fruitiness that had a slight banana twinge and a sweet soft grainy maltiness.
Start off fizzy, but moderate carbonation overall and softly crisp, thin and watery light bodied mouthfeel.
Thin and watery tasting, sweet caramelized sugary maltiness, a very watery fruitiness, like when there is not enough powdery fruit mix to water ratio, something that I think wants to be a peat flavor and a watery malty finish.
Because of taste and too thin a body for a Scottish Ale, the drinkability of this is not very high.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2006
12oz, no date on the bottle, but the six pack said Best before 11/31/06. Pours a clear light orange with a quickly fading (~20 seconds) one finger eggshell head into absolutely nothing. Poured like a soda pop. The aroma isn’t terribly strong, but there is a slight tinge of smoke--but not the kind you get in Scottish style ales. There is a little grain, metal, and caramel malts. Not enticing. The flavor is an improvement with some caramel and very light chocolate, light smoke, toasty malts are a bit stronger, and into a clean finish. Low bitterness. Thin bodied, sharp low-moderate carbonation. This is sucky. tjthresh (1875) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Found this on tap in Omaha. Amber with tons of carbonation. Damn near none existent nose. Once it warmed a bit, there was lots of malt flavor, at least I think there was. Way to much carbonation. It was like champagne. Really not good.