GTown (127) - New York, USA - JUN 9, 2007
On tap at Shaws is New Harbor. Pours a deep amber with tan head. Unfortunately, Shaws only pours draughts into plastic cups. Moderate lacing. Malt and caramel are well-balanced. Full-bodied. The tap was very cool, a red and white buoy with a distressed look to it. Overall, a very decent ale. chadvolpe (2) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2007 does not count
This beer pours quite dark for a scottish-style ale. The head is thin and a sort of white/off-white. The carbonation is decent but not too crazy. The taste is a sweet, malty flavor that is great on a warm summer afternoon or during the winter. The finish is smooth with a decent hop aroma, but nothing overwhelming. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer that will satisfy all tastes. BigBen2120 (687) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 14, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 Growler purchased at Florian’s. Dark brownish-red translucent body with only a thin film of off-white head. Smells roasty and buttery. Tastes malty and roasty, with caramel and chocolate notes coming out after a few sips, as well as suggestions of nut and vanilla. Diacetyl is also there, but takes an almost immediate backseat to the complex maltiness of the beer. Medium bodied with more carbonation than expected, but not to the point of prickly-ness. I’m impressed with the carbonation of this one - just enough. While I think this beer has just a hint of oxidation, after a few sips, the beer’s true character emerges, revealing a rich complex plethora of flavors in almost perfect balance. This beer is really good - I’d love to try it on-tap sometime. Definitely growing more impressed with this brewery! terrymingle (5) - Cortland, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2006 does not count
Nice beer, sweet and quite tasty. Wishing it was available in NY. Tried it while on vacation in Maine. VTHopHead (1513) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - JUL 20, 2006
Draft @ Great Lost Bear in Portland - Pours a dark brownish amber in color with a tanish head. Aroma is of sweet and roasted malts. Some smokiness in both the aroma and flavor. Flavor was slightly sweet with roasted malts, caramel and bready yeasiness. Finish was slightly bitter. Good beer...
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Pours a cloudy golden brown color with a foamy tan head. Aroma of caramel and sweet roast malt. Flavor is pretty damn nice with caramel and a nice classic taste to it. Mildly sweet while in the mouth and aftertaste is just a hint bitter. Pretty well build, but I dont think it’s as good as the guy that sold it to me at Downeast Bev in Portland thought when he titled it the "best maine beer". I still think that’s reserved for Cadillac Mt Stout. MartinT (10239) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2005
On tap at The Great Lost Bear:porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Minty herbal freshness hangs on to the baccate sweetness...Some roastiness clings on to the delicate caramel malts, finishing up in a yeasty brush...A distinct and original scottish ale...
(Draft) Deep amber body, decent biege head. Aroma is some faint honey and maltiness. Pretty good lacing. Flavor is muted - mild malt and honey sweetness with mildly bitter finish. Mouthfeel smooth, a touch watery. jimhilt (2643) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Pours an off-white, one-finger head that goes quickly and leaves hardly any lace. Clear copper/amber color. Low carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose. Starts with a burnt caramel/smoked hickory flavor, hints of bitterness at finish. $9.24 for a 64oz growler from Treats Wiscasset, Me. CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2005
(Draught) Sampled at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME. Pours headless atop a deep brown body. Very perfume nose. Flavour is malty with a bitter finish. Average.