muzzlehatch (4950) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2008Leighton (21075) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2015
22 ounce bottle from City Market in Burlington, VT (February 2008), consumed a bit below cellar temperature from a Samuel Smiths pint glass. Faintly hazy/translucent dark maple with a voluminous, soft and bubbly off-white head that recedes slowly and laces thickly....light roasty, chocolaty malts are alas somewhat capsized by a strong soapy character in the nose; this fades somewhat after a few minutes and an earthy touch comes in, but the detergent never disappears entirely....the body is earthy, lightly herbal, moderately sweet at the front but drying out considerably at the finish, no trace of hops, light caramelized malts -- and again, unfortunately, a soapiness that really kills it....low carbonation, slick and somewhat oily....fail.
Bottle shared downtown during RBWG 2014 - Asheville Late-Nite. Cheers! Pours clear amber-gold with a bubbly head. Big dried caramel aroma, with notes of brown sugar as well. The flavour suggests oxidation, with moderate sweetness, bread, leaves. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet on the finish with hints of cardboard, more bread and caramel. OK, but you can definitely feel the age. phaleslu (10098) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2014
22 oz. bottle at the RBWG bottle share on Friday night. Pours a deep, clear amber with a small white head. Notes of toasted malts, chocolate, tea, brown sugar, and cardboard. Light-medium bodied, with low to moderate carbonation and a malty mouthfeel. A bit of oxidation from the age, but I don’t know this would be a great Scottish ale fresh. Drake (13637) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2014
RBWG14 Trip Rating #70. Bottle shared at the Friday Night Downtown Inn Bottle Share. Pours a clear copper color with a thin frothy head. Decent head retention. Aroma of raw grain, caramel malt, mild herbal hops. The taste is caramel, raisin, grain, tea, floral hops. jcnielsen (3403) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle at RBWG, courtesy of someone. Pours a brown color with white head. Caramel, oxidized, sweet, blah flavors. adnielsen (10601) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle @ RBWG Fart Share. Pours a clear dark orangish appearance with a brown head. Very oxidized, cardboard, caramel aroma. Low carbonation. Toffee. Too old.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Taste from a 22oz bottle. Up front, tastes oxidized. Caramel malt, light metallic. Moderate sweet taste, light bitter. Bigger body for the ABV. Lightly slick, lightly creamy texture Lighter carbonation. OK Scottish ale. decaturstevo (6240) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Brown pour with tan head. Aroma of brown sugar and earthy hops. Flavor is light brown sugar and light chocolate. Medium bodied with good carbonation. ok beer smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2014
look: 4.5 smell: 3.5 taste: 3.5 feel: 4 overall: 4.5
Huge head for this style (four fingers thick); it recedes gently forming a rocky beige dollop of foam. The color is ruby brown and seems to be clear, although not much light passes through.
Malty nose although in the fairness of this evaluation, I’ve just had a spicy meal and it’s hard to get a clear reading.
Strong dark ale malts like Crystal (100 - 200) or Chocolate are the base of the flavor. I like the hoppy finish which gives very nice balance to this beer. It is a very American version of this style because I have never experienced a Scotch ale with this sort of bitterness. Also, there is nearly no sweetness, although it isn’t lip-puckeringly dry, either.
Technically, I would say this closer to a Brown Ale, but regardless, I like this beer very much would recommend anyone giving it a try. hopdog (12341) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2012
22oz bottle. Poured a deep amber, almost brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of lighter earth, roast, caramel, and some dark fruits. Tastes of caramel, light earth, roast, and some smoky woodiness. DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2012
The aroma is very sweet and fruity with toasted malt, ginger, fruit, chocolate, and spices. The appearance is brown with a medium head. The flavor is like the aroma with a light hoppy finish. The palate is thin. Overall it’s a little strange but pretty easy to drink.