KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2012balloonbuffoon (259) - - APR 11, 2017
12oz Bottle. The pour was a clear dark copper with an average (1-2 finger) off white foamy head that steadily reduced, down to a puddled film and medium collar with fair streaky lacing.
The aroma was of a toasted light bread malt, mild grassy hops and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel, toffee and a mild spiciness.
The taste was very malty with a mild caramel sweetness at first, but quickly became bitter sweet with an earthy and mildly spicy finish. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with a mild sweet bitterness left behind.
Mouthfeel was in the middle of light and medium in body with a dry texture and an very soft carbonation.
Overall this was a brew that did not have much complexity. Although what it did have seemed to work well enough, allowing for the bitter and sweet to meld together along with a good malty feel creating a nice smooth drinkability...
12floz bottle, BBD 06.14.2017, $1.50 for a single (Iíve had before on draft and from the bottle), poured into a pint glass. Translucent amber in color and the head forms continental bodies atop. Caramel creme permeates from the glass that I drinketh. Thy tasteth an adequate ale for a mere mortal, toasted malt and medium in character. DraftCaptain49 (17) - - APR 6, 2017
Not a fan of this out of the bottle, my beer strike-outs continue. Pretty good out of a tap though. Dry, dull amber. If this is the flagship then the ship has sailed. This beer is far behind the times, then again I donít know why Iím buying a style I donít particularly like. I used to like this but itís so 2005. I feel like Iím back in high school when Iím drinking this. Or 2009, because I could drink then. Such an average beer, I donít know why people buy stuff like this. I want a stout, never enough stouts in bottles for a good price at the liquor store. Odell is a good brewery but I wonít get this again. tmoreau (4290) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2017
12 oz. bottle poured to a Czech-pils glass at home showing a clear & bright, slightly rosy amber color, with a persistent layer of off white/light tan suds, and wavy lacing that gradually turned web-like. The nose was toasted, malty, light caramel sweetness, with dried fruit notes. Medium bodied, with decent carbonation, the taste was similar notes, malty creaminess, and earthy, slightly roasted bitterness, with some warmth toward the finish. Clean drinkability, but 90 shilling? BlackBeerPG (621) - Darien, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2017
Taste: hint of caramel sweet malt, spiced fruit and grains, some bite in finish, but smooth drinker. Spiced cider and malt nose. Amber, mostly clear, Big foamy head with defined ring lace around the glass. Medium body. Frank (4172) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2017
This is a nice shade of orange with a creamy head and lots of lace. This is surprisingly hoppy--not too aromatic but quite pleasantly bitter. Itís slightly fruity with some caramel and breakfast cereal malt character. This is pretty full bodied beer, a little sweet but not obnoxiously so and as such is nice and drinkable. This is a solid brew.
dutch23mp (317) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2017
Not my normal style but a nice change definitely a Scottish ale not a spectacular appearance but makes up for it with a very nice medium body with a thick texture Scipio (1041) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2017
Pours a clear amber with a thin off white head. The aroma consists of toffee, toasted malts, and nuts, and it isnít very strong. The taste has some mild bitterness. Its very nutty, and has toffee, biscuit, earthy malts, and a bit of butter. Aftertaste is long and mild, with nuts and biscuit. Medium in body, smooth in texture, and average in carbonation. This wasnít very exciting. chicagobears (469) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2017
Burnt amber pour into New Glarus, Wisconsin pint glass. I took a chance on this as it is new to our area. Aromas of caramel and a bit earthy. A bit of hoppy spiciness. This one is more malt forward but has good balance. Flavors of chocolate malts and rich caramel. Finishes spicy with and slightly dry. Good sweet flavors without being too sweet or cloying. A well rounded beer. I can see why this is there "flagship" beer. Good Scottish/Amber ale. john44 (3048) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2017
Bottle. Deep Amber-Red in colour. Malty; toasty malts, buttery caramel, toffee. Fruity; apple and light citrus. Hoppy; light hops. Sweet malts and slight bitter hops. Dry mildly bitter finish. Easy drinking. (2011-04-23)
ghostbeer (204) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 18, 2016
I had to revisit this as it was my main go to in college. It was okay, and I can see why I liked it; smooth and fairly rich, but it is not really to my tastes at this time.