VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 27, 2001
Nice cloudy ruby appearance with a decent head. Thick and chewy Scottish ale with a light but tasty peat smokiness and heavy caramelness. Tasted some apple wood as well? 22oz bottle was not enough. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Pours a deep amber color. Aroma is maple, malt, wood, smoke, and vanilla. Flavor is sweet licorice with smoked malt. Finish is lingering candy sugar with a lively carbonation. Solid beer. sebletitje (10048) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 20, 2008
Pours amber/brown, with beige head.
Aroma is loaded with nice fruit aromas and malts.
Taste is sugary and fruity. Plenty of nice caramel malts with a nice light hoppy finish, but remains sweet.
Just an amazing scotch ale. Ibrew2or3 (8607) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2008
Pours brilliant rosy amber with thin white head. The aroma starts with a pulse of cherry fruitiness quickly followed by a mix of roasty – nutty – earthiness. The taste begins with solid roasted malts leading into cherry and plums and then more cherry hard candy. It heads toward the finish with moderate fruitiness mixing with roastiness and nuttiness and crystal malt goodness and a mild background of earthiness. Very nice. vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Art of Beer Festival 2004: Has a clouded amber color with a small tan head. Smell is of sweet malts. Taste is also malted and finishes sweet. Overall a pretty good beer.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 Well, despite this beer showing "retired" and having no reviews since 2004, my bottle clearly reads "70 Shilling Scotch Ale" so I’ll stick my review here.
Pours a deep, deep copper with a small bubbly tan head that dissipates quickly to a collar leaving sporadic lacing. Aroma is dominated by sweetness with caramel malts, toffee and dark fruits, but there is a hint of citrus hops in the nose as well. The taste is a more toasted version of the smell with big sweet caramel malts and dark fruits playing big roles. Again, there is a slight hop presence in the background but not enough to leave more than a passing bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation that tickles the tongue with the sweetness that dominates the taste. This is a very good scotch ale and one that I would seek out. dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 24, 2004
Amber in color with a small off-white head of foam. Malty sweet aroma. Flavor is malty,slightly sweet and finishes with even more malt. kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2008
Courtesy of sebletitje. Pours a dark reddish brown with thin off white to tan head. Aroma is sweet cream, vanilla, maple syrup, sweet malt. Flavor is much of the same with some ripe fruit and phenol notes. Generally medium to full body with a slightly sweet finish afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Bottle courtesy of sebletitje. Pours a clear amber with a small white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, and earthy hops. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness. Very good. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2009
Date: March 20, 2009
Appearance: hazy dark amber, wispy beige head
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma, light smokey earthyness
Body: sticky body
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, deep caramel sweetness, light earthyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 14/20