HuskerTornado (31) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 3, 2014 mybrainhurts (400) - North Dakota, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice deep, dark reddish pour. Aroma of roasted malts, nuts, vegetables, and plums. Flavors of dark fruits, biscuits, and brandy. Boozy finish, and a tad bit harsh. Scottish ales are not meant to be hoppy, they showcase roasty malt character, and this kinda does. My only complaint is that it needs more peat and perhaps a bit more body. I didn’t mind it though.
12oz aluminum bottle poured into vintage Chimay glass. Pours a rich brown color with a small tan colored head that dissipates quickly.
Smell is of toasted toffee malt, a bit of chocolate, some dark fruit and smokiness as well.
Taste is of toasted malt and smoky peat up front, both flavors remain through the palate, some bitterness comes through towards the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, not a lot of carbonation to it.
Overall, a good Scotch Ale from northern Minnesota. The fresher you get this, the better it is. BillHick420 (471) - NORWAY - OCT 16, 2012
Pours brown with a tanned head. Nose of dark malts. Aroma of sweet malts with a dark hint of chocolate. No bitterness. This one was good. bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Tap. Pours a dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma is biscuits, caramel, and chocolate. Flavor is malt, chocolate, caramel, biscuits, and some sweetness. Light body with medium carbonation. Nothing special. deyholla (12590) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2012
On tap at SPSBF. Pours a cloudy amber brown with a brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has some roasted malts with a bit of dark grain and underlying dark fruit. Flavor has a lot of dark grains with a hint of roast and an underlying note of toffee and dark fruits. BVery (11461) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Sampled at St. Paul Summer Beer Fest. Brown pour, smaller head. Caramel malt forward, with a touch of smoky peat. Decent brew.
northropfrye (3732) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 28, 2012
This is very difficult to rate. It’s the second beer I’ve had by this brewery that was sour, and I don’t think that’s intentional given it’s a Scottish Ale. I enjoy sour, I just don’t get why this beer would be sour. The appearance was dark brown, aroma of roasted malts, but flavour is first sour, then some sweet malts. There’s no expiration date on the bottle to help me figure out if this bottle was expired, or perhaps infected. Eells (64) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2011
I toured the brewery a few times this past year. When I went with non-craft beer drinkers, this was among their favorites from the brewery. A nice smooth beer, a little more malt than hops, but well balanced. Desires a little more flavor for my palate drywallman (368) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2011
This one was picked up at the Wine and Spirits shop in Walker in the bomber. A good malt mix for this style, maybe could have used a little more roasted barley. The hops balanced well without being noticed. It represents the style well. JK (6342) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2011
Winterfest ’11. I cannot be as generous as Ben, I found this nearly undrinkable. Very low carbonation, which could be ok for the style. Brown color. Unprocessed grain flavor and aroma, nothing to like really. The malt is there has very little flavor at all. This just didn’t work out.