BiddleBrau (1221) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Poured brown with red highlights and a dense tan head. Aroma was all about the malt. Flavor was caramel and chocolate with nice mouthfeel. raymow (1675) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Just as the commercial description states this beer definitely has "hints of smoke and peat paired with a malty richness". I didn’t notice the "good bit of hop attidude" though. Nevertheless, this beer was VERY good - definitely one of the best scotch ales I’ve ever had. SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2008 12 oz. bottle - thanks to kyrptic for the trade; pours dark brown with reddish glow; clear along the edges with thin tan head and minor lacing; dirty, musky aromas with sugary malts and zesty lemon; almost a sour touch to it; light texture and slightly light on the flavors, but very tasty nevertheless; strong, but drinkable kieleszd (83) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Scotland conquers Belgium and the Netherlands. There is a lot to offer here. The malts taste Dutch, the yeast Belgium and the Scotch, Scotch. Pours an amber red with a mustard head. A little smokey and bold hops. All around pretty special. satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2008
its easy to become so jaded that one thinks that entire styles are not for their personal pallete, until you encounter something that blasts those preconceptions to smithereens and you realize the sky is the limit! the aroma on this clobbers you over the head, the stench of ingrediients that have been painstakingly worked into something nearly ambrosia like. still, this beer makes no bones about its strength, its certainly detectable and to me seems even underrated but i can easily envision the pallete of another having trouble with the booze factor in this one (typical for the style in my experience). wonderful dark ruby color gives way to coffee and other porter like characteristics but without the outright roast of that style. smoke comes up front in the finish which is what steers this away from the stout category, mouthfeel and aftertaste linger seemingly forever. this is very intense and pretty impressive!
Funknmilla (746) - WAYNE, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2008
12 oz bottle that pours ruddy brown with a tan head...mild sweet malts and a tinge of floral hops on the nose...also a metallic earthy scent...a slight stickiness left on the lips--bitter and smooth at the same time..its got some metal in the mouth as well...bitter citrus finish---and some flavor left in my mouth that tastes like warm milk...as it sits, some bitter toffee shows up in the finish mostly....it packs a sweet buzz, and it really creeps up on you..:) JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2008
I have to rate this one again. Good body with a layer of rather ashy cigarette smokiness which dissipates within a rich malty mix that has a chewable texture to it. Some dark fruits in here and overall a very drinkable andwell balanced beer. I didn’t like scotch ales before this one hit me. flatmatt (1586) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2016 Rerate June 2, 2016. 12 oz bottle. A deep ruby red pour with sparse fine particles and an off-white head. Sweet red and green grape/raisin aroma, ripe dark fruit, molasses. Raisin and dark fruit flavor, molasses, anise, earthy peated malt. This is a huge part of my regular rotation these days, so it must be doing something right, and I’ve meant to do a rerate for quite some time, so here it is. Really, really good stuff. Available, affordable, high quality, and it adds some good variety to my routine.
That1Guy (2237) - Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours dark red brown with lots of tan foam and a bit of debris. Aroma is sweet, raisin or grape, caramel, bready. Flavor is sweet caramel, raisiny, a bit of dark chocolate, with a little pleasant alcohol bite. A very nice and interesting beer. Flavor seems slightly out of balance, which is what stops this beer from hitting the 4.0 mark for me. 8/3/8/4/16/3.9
Sexy name. Sexy color. Sexy brew. Molasses up front, but a dry hoppy finish balances this beautifully. Haven’t had much luck with Scotch Ales in the past, but this one rocks. GuilTTy (733) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2008
Bottle from Canal’s in Princeton. Pours a clear deep mahogany with a relatively small medium beige head. Aroma of toffee, cocoa and malt. Similar flavors with some caramel, vanilla and just a touch of smoke. Watery and flat texture and not much of a finish. Maybe I’m being a little harsh on this one - it’s a good beer, well-balanced and drinkable but I was expecting something special (and I’m still longing for another Three Floyds Robert The Bruce).