tombyars (1724) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2014
Tasted this in the Curler’s Rest, Glasgow on 3rd March 2014. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear pale russet in colour with a thin off white head. An open packet of Sunmaid raisins comes to mind in the distinct short aroma. Thin watery mouthfeel and good lacing. Mixed malts give a weak maltloaf base with dry raisins and just a barest hint of creamy vanilla fudge. Dry hop resins cut through the malt though to deliver a distinct flavour of dry grain husks in the astringent aftertaste. Slight malt noted in the weak finish with a drying oak cask note which continues into the palate. Really lacking body and complexity of flavour. This is an attempt at a Scottish 80/ in style here but a big bit of Hertfordshire has been boiled into the Edinburgh recipe I think. This is a poor session bitter. Wyrd_Brewery (12) - - FEB 24, 2014
A generally average beer. Nothing special about it, but does the job in an average pub! martinrumsam (565) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2014
Cask. Amber with reddish hue. White head. Aroma is hint of burnt malt and caramel Taste is bitter with a caramel malty overtone. Medium body pleasantly drinkable but not outstanding. Decent Stuartyboy (1731) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - FEB 6, 2014
On cask at Conan Doyle bar Edinburgh an amber brown ale with a bitter sweet sweet flavour significant malt caramel toffee and vanilla flavours fairly bitter AshtonMcCobb (6771) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 24, 2014
On tap at the Haymarket.
Appearance - amber with a nice head.
Nose - roast and biscuits but you have to search for it a bit.
Taste - caramel and more roasted cereal notes.
Palate - medium bodied with a crunchy texture. The caramel sweetness is well balanced by the dry maltiness.
Overall - slightly gnarly to approach. It doesn’t make itself easy to drink. You’re going to have to think about it if you’re going to drink it. Good ale. This is more about the balance than pleasant aromas or tastes.
JorgeLee (2167) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Cask in the Prince Albert W11. Reddish brown in colour, decent head. Pleasant enough lightly toasted malty beer, moderate bitterness. Not awesome but very sessionable.
As an aside, what does one have to do to get a ’Scottish Ale’ tick on this site??? I’ve spent weeks in Scotland drinking every beer darker than Budweiser and now had a beer called Scottish ale and still no joy... BeerViking (4947) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2014
Red-brown, malty nose with touches of choc and strawberry, dry-sweet malty body with roast-nut hints, some bitterness on the finish. mr_h (5718) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 6, 2013
Cask by handpump at Drum & Monkey, Glasgow - clear brown, thin off-white head, sweet berry fruits aroma, negligible lacing, toffee and berry fruits flavour, sweet, prolonged fruity afteraste maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2012
Cask conditioned handpump The Harp London. A dark brown coloured beer with a whitish head. A very malty beer with husky grains and tobacco in the mouth. A bit of light fruit in the nose. Great graininess. Very likeable. imdownthepub (14961) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2012
Cask conditioned at Far From the Madding Crowd, Oxford. Brown with cream head. Roasted malts with quite a nutty, hazelnut character, quite drying and reasonably bitter, some dry caramel, bordering into Mild territory. It’s ok.