kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2003
Very dark brown ale served in an appropriate tulip snifter. Very little head. Roast malt aroma. Very warm malt flavors with hints of nut and spices. Warm, somewhat sweet alcohol finish. A really, really nice Scotch ale. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a deeper brown-amber colored body with an inch thick, dense and creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is some sweet malts with a nice, peaty earth. Some caramel and toffee with a light, clean smoke and some fruity esters. Flavor is similar and more pronounced. Solid malt backing with a medium sweetness and a nice caramel-toffee. Plenty of earthy peat and balanced smoke blends well with the malts as well as a solid, yeasty, fruity ester. Finishes with more malt and peat and the slightest roast hint that gives off a light, earthy bitterness with some fruit creeping in as well. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full, soft body and a light, creamy carbonation. Overall, a very nice, impressive scotch ale from a brewpub. Tons of balanced flavor and easy drinking. Very enjoyable. RickReallyBrew (99) - Franktown, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2014
This is a nice Scotch style ale. No major hop influence but wee heavy and quite sweet. It is not overly heavy or sweet. It is one of the better efforts I’ve tasted of this style .
I’ve tasted the original American attempt that putatively kicked off the Micro brew movement in N. America. I’ve lived in Washington and have frequented Yakima, where most of our hops are grown in the states. Bert Grant’s pub is acclaimed to be ground zero in America’s micro brewing revival. That said, it’s been too many years ( at least 15 ) since I’ve been there for a pint of Scotch Ale delivered via beer engine hand pump.
Some breweries I really respect (Oscar Blues, etc.) produce a product that borders on syrup and leaves me gasping for water to chase it down. This scotch ale is very nice and was the favorite of 4 brews I drank and sampled. Don’t miss the chocolate stout either. This brewery is quite nice. The ambiance is really great, especially as I watch the KC Royals run the points up against San Francisco in game 3 of the World Series. Some of the beers I tasted here could use a little help, but I like this one in particular. theisti (4126) - Kansas, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Draft at the Foundry, which is the back bar of the McCoy’s Brewpub in Kansas City, Missouri. Tried a full pour of the tap version, and a taster of the Cask. Pour is brown ruby, with a smallish off white head. Aroma of peaty sweet maltiness. Nice, pure nose, very clean. Taste is more of malt and peat, really nice - smooth and smoky. Really flavorful scotch. MOboy (504) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2003
One of the best Scotch Ales I have ever had. This beast is decieving as its eight percent alcohol is not even slightly noticable. A great offering from a very talented brewer.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2009
On draft at the Foundry with theisti. Red color with small head. Nose of peat and malts. Smokey flavor with good peat layers. joet (2606) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - OCT 29, 2003
gabf 2003: tangy, some real peatiness, rich malt blend, a tad roasty with faint fruit esters, deceptively alcoholic RobertDale (6470) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 9, 2012
On tap at the brewpub. Comes reddish brown with a small biege head. Aroma of malt, grain, and fruit. Taste is malt, caramel, grain, smoke, and hops. Very nice. Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Fruity, malty aroma, some banana/bubblegum esters and caramel/toffee sweetness. Deep, dark mahogany color, very still and lacking a head. Malty, very lightly roasty and grainy flavor, some syrupy, toffeeish sweetness and barely discernible hop bitterness followed by a burst of yeast fruitiness in the finish, some muted spices here as well. Just a little cloying, and with a thick, flat, syrupy mouthfeel. Aftertaste is quite sugary. I'm glad to see something like a Strong Scotch style from a local brewpub, and I woud say that is is indeed worth trying but I didn't find this example to be outstanding. I would prefer something to balance out the sweetness, such as peat smokiness or hops, or both. This beer would also easily fit the Old Ale profile, as typified by Old Peculier. unclemike (3121) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - NOV 18, 2012
on tap at brewpub Good coloring. Not sweet at all. A definite spike in the bittering, doughy, peaty, quick crisp finish, although some tannic qualities linger on. Not ale-y enough, but well-balanced and very drinkable., I expected it to get a little bit more caramel as it warmed, but it didn’t. This almost reminds me of an alt. Good, drinkable, but just mildly Scottish