beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Pours very dark mahogany, with a dark tan, dense, lasting head that leaves a nice lace. Aroma is dark malts and chocolate, some faint hops, and hints of smoke, as well as very faint dark fruits. Flavor is dark malts and chocolate upfront, some slight raisin notes, and more faint smokiness. Alcohol is pleasantly, and faintly warming, helping to balance the sweetness of the malts. Aftertaste is well balanced dark malt, slight hops and faint smoke. nimbleprop (8750) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 24, 2007
If you had any thoughts of drinking this out of the can, don’t. This is not Red Dog from a 30 rack. Poured a nearly opaque blackish brown with a creamy, lasting white head. Smells malty, sugary with a peaty aroma lurking in the background. Flavor is great, not nearly as heavy as you’d imagine. Medium malt, chocolate, wood, smoke. Finish coats the tongue but isn’t over powering. Nice, strong, solid beer. Ron (4183) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2007
On tap at McGregor’s. Poured a decent head on a semitransparent dark brown body. Aroma of sweet malts. Flavor od roasted chocolate malt and alittle coffee. jb (3412) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Never heard of this brewer, but will have to seek out more of their stuff. On tap at McGregor’s. Minimal aroma, nice dark appearance, good retention. Smoky chocolaty palate, syrupy. BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2007
Of the 3 cans, Dales defenitely hits the bullets. As an aftertaster I had some expects, but Dales is the best. Scotisch and not more, forgetable!
TopherDrinks (96) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Can. Pours just like they say...like cola; black with gorgeous red highlights when looked at under direct light. Nose consists of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate malt, caramel malt, and roasted nuts. Flavor is so roasted, but never crosses into burnt. Bits of chocolate and lots of coffee come through with a background of butterscotch, caramel and some smokiness. Full bodied, frothy, and very drinkable. Great brew. Not my first good canned beer..but definitely my favorite to date. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2007
On tap @ Coles Buffalo NY. Aromas of chocolate, Smoke, Caramel. Pours a deep brownish maroon. Taste is of chocolote, soil earthiness & some smoke. One of the best Scotch ales yet hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2012 pours a dark root beer color with a thin tan head. aroma is woody (possibly peaty) with a ton of malt and caramel followed up with some ripened berries. flavors of caramel and brown sugar dominate over notes of earth, chocolate and smokiness. a mild acidity is present on the finish from smoke. lingering flavor of ashy charcoal grilled meat. medium bodied with soft carbonation. Peregrinari (148) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 15, 2007
This is an interesting beer that reminds me of my time living in Scotland. Strong alcohol aroma mixed with a sweet smoky flvor make it an ideal desert pairing beer. Strong molasses and malt flavors make this a beer that though it steps outside of the IPA style that I normally drink is very, very drinkable. I really like this beer. dankman (257) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Tasty beer that is accurately described through the brewer. Kind of like mild, bottled smoke.