Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2008
Can. Dr. Pepper body with a lasting foamy head. Nose-straw, peat, dust, cola. Taste-chalky, light peat, medium perfect sweetness, medium peat smoke, light unsweet dark fruit, alcohol on the back end, very creamy without being lactic. Very nice. I like this, and I am not usually fond of the style. jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2008
(can): Pours a dark dark brownish body. Good sized head, lasting, tannish, good lacing. Malty alcoholy aroma. Decent taste. Not a fan of the sweet maltiness. Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2008 Very sticky beer. Pours a dark brown that looks like syrup. Taste is very syrupy, with toffee sugar and some cola notes. This one had a slight hoppiness that I didn’t want as much of, being a sweeter beer style, but it was still very good. I could drink many a one of these bustards. FatPhil (16891) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 19, 2008
330ml can (Pikkulintu, Helsinki, Bitter and Sour 2008)Tejas (1007) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Good deep red, doughy head. Very malty aroma, some wet sheep. Very smooth and soft in the mouth. Massive roasty malty taste - some coffee. Very sticky. Quite authentic Scottish bent. Quite punchy, and with a decent finish.
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2008 Well, I guess this fits the description of a scotch ale but for my taste it’s just way to malty and seems unbalanced. Seems to lean towards being a porter at least a borderline one. I have no idea how to rate this one other than to say it’ll be good in chili come next year. Can’t punish it that bad though b/c it does fit the style.
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Clear dark mahogany with a stable craft ale head of various bubble size and with lace. Floral caramel malt aroma with earthy and chocolate notes. Big bodied sweet and fortifying. Has a noticeable hop flavor mingled with dusty cocoa, toffee and smoke. Balanced bitterness. Quite the Americanized version of the style, big and bold upfront but perhaps lacking in follow through complexity. SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2009 Can, Kegs & Barrels, McKinney, TX.
Pours a nice dark ruby with tan head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, light chocolate. Flavor is light sweet dark roast, toffee, chocolate, caramel, some light peat smoke. Palate is full bodied with medium carbonation. Very nice!!!!! sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 15, 2008
(Canned) Clear, very dark red with a small, lacy head. Caramely-malty aroma with somewhat burned feel. Very smooth, lightly burned flavor with some starchy-grainy feel. Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. A decent scotch ale, but nothing very special. BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Dark mahogany, almost an opaque dark brown. Small cream colored head leaves small clumps of lace.
Sweet and roasty malts. Roasted barley, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, fig, apricot and hints of banana and apples.
Sweet toffee and caramel malt flavors predominate, but are pretty balanced by a dry roastiness and mild hop presence. Some banana and buttery diacetyl notes.
Soft carbonation, medium bodied, not quite full to be rated higher. Drinks okay, if you’re in the mood for sweet and buttery caramalt pie. jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2008
12oz can, Courtesy of DeuceDeuceOU, taste is what wins this for me, straight from the fridge the beer is smooth and flavorful, then after it warms a bit out comes tons of carmel flavor with some subtle malt...Very good and no hint of 8% neither.