TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Wow, can’t believe I have not rated this. Probably my favorite Highland beer they have ever made. Pours dark hazelnut brown with a small off-white head and steady lace. Nose is peat, various hops, bread, chocolate malt, yeast. Oily and slightly chewy mouth feel, with more peat, some smoke, bread, molasses. I remember this beer being a big more roasty in the past, and I find this one to be a bit sweeter with some dark fruit notes going on. hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Poured from a 22oz bottle. Aroma is typical of a Scotch Ale, tons of peat, some caramel and some smoke. Taste follows the nose. Lots of nice peat flavor, not too sweet. A good amount of smokiness. This is a great little Scotch Ale. manuchampions (1256) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2010
Old rate. Very dark brown pour with a nice brown/tan head. Sweet malty aroma with some chocolate, bourbon and dried fruit. Active carbonation but smooth tasting. Very sweet initially. A little bit of alcohol creeps into the middle. Lots going on in the finish which is moderately bitter and sticky. Chocolate, plum, raisin just a lot of fruit maybe some citrus hops... some smoke and peat. Nice! otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Appearance: murky brown under a feeble head bordered by a tannish collar. Scattered bubbles with a puddle in the middle.
beernovice39 (3269) - Idaho, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Nose: dark fruits, dark breads, and spice. Raisin bread overflowing with raisins; pumpernickel for the bread. Malty all over. Prunes. Rummy spice in the back and underneath.
Palate: clean then chewy and bready with a sweet spiced finish. Tart dark fruits tickle the top and back of my tongue. Chocolate in the finish; chocolate cake, chocolate covered prunes and chocolate covered raisins. Tasty and definitely chewy. Spice tickles the back and lingers in the breath. Prune and dark grape skins for tannic bitterness.
Final Thoughts: overall a tasty chewy earthy malty scotch-style ale worthy of her Scottish descent. I like malts as much as I like hops; I’m a flavorholic after all. A fine contribution to my tasting queue and one I would gladly revisit.
Bottle. Pours a murky dark brown beer with a thin tan head. Scent is sweet malts, some sorghum molasses. Taste is malts and some hops. Very nice dry finish.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2010
22 oz. bottle via trade with Beerlando - Pours a clear brown color with a nice size light tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is caramel malt and esters. Flavor is toasted malt, esters, and a bit of chocolate. Medium body. A pretty nice beer. Thanks Bryan. SrSilliGose (3332) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 17, 2010
Bottle. pours a hazy brown with some red highlights and s small tan head. aroma of peat, scotch, brownsugar which mold quite nicely together. awesome beer. haevn’t had a good scotch ale in a while and this hit the spot. hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2010
Thanks to emacgee for this one. Deep amber in color with a small/medium off white head. Aroma has alot of clean malty character- caramel, brown sugar, some fruit....light floral hops. Taste is fairly full bodied with caramel, brown sugar, and some dark fruit. Some nice light to moderate hop bitterness to balance...clean and well done. HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Bottle. Poured a dark reddish brown with a medium sized beige head. Nose is roasted malt, dark fruit, caramel, chocolate, and peat. Medium to full body with a smooth mouth feel. Pretty well balanced brew, primary notes of bitter chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel with secondary notes of dark fruit, peat smoke, and nuts. Finishes with light warming alcohol. markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2010
Bomber courtesy of the Tampa Crew. Pours amber copper with an off-white head. Nose is malt, maple, brown sugar, and slight roast/ smoke. Flavor is similar with lots of malt and maple-esque sweetness. Finish lingers with maple. Good Scotch Ale.