ben4321 (6547) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 12/30/12, 7% ABV (not 8.5)
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Aroma: This beer is heavy malty, lots of toffee, chocolate and caramel, some molasses, and a little earth
Appearance: This one pours a cloudy brownish-orange color with a bubbly off-white head and spotty lace
Flavor: The taste is medium-heavy sweet, it is rich and malty, with hardly any bitterness
Palate: The body is medium-full, it has a thick, fairly chewy feel to it, and a soft carbonation
They obviously weren’t kidding around with the hops taking a back seat. This is a malt front (middle and back too) beer. It delivers what was promised, and though I’m generally not a huge fan of all malt beers, I think it does a pretty good job. Sure, I would have liked a little more of a hop presence for some balance, but then it wouldn’t be this beer.
Bottle:   Deep caramel, moderate sandy head, frothy, litle lacing.   Somewhat of a sweetish tootsie roll malty aroma.   Very much a malty tootsie roll flavor profile up front.   Not really heavy, nor even that moderate.   Seems somewhat thin for a Scottish Ale.   Not getting any smokiness or peat in this one.   Straight up tootsie roll aroma and flavor.   Body and mouthfeel are barely moderate.   Finishes with a soft tootsie roll like malt flavor.   If this is 8.5%, well then I am Santa Claus! daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Brown pour. Aroma of peat, caramel and ritz crackers. Sweet flavor, caramel, pale malts. Just average. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2012
22oz bottle courtesy of GhostFace. Cheers, Neal! Pours a hazy copper brown with an off-white head. Nose is sweet malt, maple, slight smoke, some slight smoke, and a bit of earth. Flavor is sweet malt and bits of smoke with maple. Light to medium in body and lingering sweet malt in the finish. tmoreau (4428) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Shared bomber poured to snifters with a ruby highlighted, dark brown tone, a modest amount of off white/light tan head foam, and spots & streaks of lacing. The nose was light toast, caramel, a bit of molasses, and resulting light, brown sugar sweetness. Medium bodied and well carbonated, the flavor also contributed light maltiness, just a touch of earthy rather than smoky peat, moderate hop bitterness, and well hidden alcohol. Crisp, with decent dryness to the finish. A drinkable, standard Scottish.
Dorwart (2596) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2012
1 inch plus thick head of creamy and dense bubbles. Light malty aroma with some sea salt, a hint of smoke and some roasted grains. Color is a dark crimson brown. Very smooth and easy drinking. More malts and mild smoke along with a bit of dry grains. Rather bland flavor but still very smooth with nothing offensive. Mild alcohol presence. Brew is going down very easy and very quickly. Decent but a little lacking. Huhzubendah (3709) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Bottle shared by Brad - how appropriate.
The beer is chestnut brown with a half inch of beige head. The aroma brings light spice, brown sugar, malt, toffee, caramel. Pretty tasty beer. Light in body with a smooth feel. Drinks like a lager. Mild sweetness with a touch of fruit. Subtle notes of smoke. A nice, easy drinking Scotch ale.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-29-2012 BeerandBlues2 (13594) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown with a large, creamy light tan head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is a huge nose of chocolate, nutty, caramel, and biscuit malt, light fruity esters (dates) with faint earthy hops and some cinnamon/nutmeg character late. Flavor is malt dominant, light hops and bitterness, nearly imperceptible, with fruity esters and spices, and a medium sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation. dmac (6337) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2012
22 oz bomber from Spirits Crossroads. Poured a super super dark brown body with an average to smaller foamy light beige head. Aroma is all malts, earthy, peat, light chocolate, brown bread. Fuller bodied with average carbonation, big mouthfeel that is chewy, no heat. Flavor of very slight alcohol, peat, earth, nutt shells, dark fruits and figs. Solid beer. agent_511 (157) - - JUL 29, 2012
Very good Scottish ale. Creamy off white head, some smokiness to the flavor.
Aroma: caramel, roasty
Appearance: dark brown, clear, rocky head
Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter
Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation