ericnixon (746) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Earthy aroma in the nose on top of a beautiful reddish amber color. Fizzy mouthfeelwith a wonderful malty characteristic. Pretty darn tootin' gwood. GirlyBeer (190) - Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA - APR 26, 2006
Pours dark amber with a tan, foamy head. Light hoppy aroma. I think this might be my first scottish ale, so I have no reference point for some of these comparison. Flavorful, malty, hoppy, a tad sweet. Feels good in the mouth. An average ale, a beer I will enjoy drinking slowly this evening. BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 4, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 22oz bomber from my local Shaw’s. Dark amber/red translucent body with a half an inch of off-white head. Aroma is weak, but hints at roasted malt and hop. Roastiness dominates the flavor, not like a porter, but a roasted malt nonetheless. Medium-bodied. Flavor and mouthfeel are not overwealming, thus this is a really drinkable brew for the style. While not the best Scottish ale I’ve had, it’s a good one from one of my favorite breweries. I’ll be having this one again, sure. Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2004
12oz bottle: Dark orange with a big rocky white head that sticks around for while. Rich malty aroma. Starts sweet and ends a little less for a while until sweetness comes back for the aftertaste. Smooth with light carbonation in the mouthfeel. dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Ruby in color with a small white head.Huge malt notes, mild caramel and roasted malt character. Starts sweet and ends on the semi-sweet side.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
From the 22oz bomber.
Pours a nutty copper with a thick creamy tan head. Quite lacy. Smell is malty and syrupy. Bitter aromas and spicy. I detect a hint of saltiness.
Taste is not nearly as dynamic as the smell. It is malty but only lightly spicy. A bit chewy but mostly really creamy and smooth, especially for a scotch ale. Doesn’t have the smokiness or body I like in a scotch ale but it is pretty tasty and damn smooth. Not their best by a long shot but a serviceable ale from Gritty’s.
EDIT: Ok that bomber I had may have not been up to snuff. I have had subsequent 6-packs that have been much more flavorful and rich. Still not fantastic but better than I thought before.
deduchar (39) - Rhode Island, USA - JUL 24, 2006
You will be full after a pint of the Scottish. It is very heavy and weights you down as you drink it. I much prefer the flavors and fun of the Christmas Ale. Rock out to some Scottish if you like a real heavy beer. da845 (139) - new york, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2007
nice clear and red with a little foam. Has a bit of a hoppy aftertaste but a damn good drinkable beer. great for the winter. thedm (6306) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Chicago Real Ale Fest keg #17 tapped a small head of large sized off-white colored mostly lasting bubbles. The body was transparent uncarbonated and camber brown colored. The aroma was full of red malts true of a Scottish Red ale. The mouth feel was tingly malty and had a mild red hop finish. The flavor was a malt hop mix with a roasted red taste. matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2005 Polar Beer Tour 2005
One of my Gritty’s favorites. Was poured with a dynamic copper body and a cap of white. The aroma was fruity and sweet. Notes of pears, red apples plums, peach and some light hints of raisins mingling in there as well. Sweet and calmly smoky.. molasses and caramel. A fine beer indeed.