arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Pours clear red with slightly off white head. Aroma has slight notes of smoke, some burnt malt, nuts, and earth to balance out the rich caramel and toffee. Taste is a bit thin, but has some notes of smoke and earth, caramel, finishing sweet. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Sampled at GABF on 9/18/2010. This Scotch Ale pours a medium amber brown color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel and sweet, bready and smoky. A medium bodied Scotch Ale. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. The hops are earthy. Nice carbonation. Nice Scotch Ale, hints of peat and smoke, with not a lot of sweetness. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Draft. Small off-white head atop crystal clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some molasses, light smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some molasses, faint smoke. Sticky medium body. phaleslu (10546) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Draft at the brewpub. Pours a clear, deep caramel amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, dried and dark fruits, toffee, brown sugar, sweet tea, and earthy hops. Flavor of caramel malts, toffee, scotch, tea leaves, brown sugar, mixed fruits, toast, and sweet roasted nuts. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, syrupy mouthfeel and sweet, somewhat boozy finish. Not what you’d expect from a Scotch ale per se, but a cool take on the style. Brigadier (3725) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2010
On tap at brewpub
Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Made from locally sourced materials I knew that this had to be in my sampler. With more time I would have tried not only the tap beers but some of the local spirits. If this is an indicator they are pretty good for something produced outside of Scotland. I wish Cleveland had a micro-distillery.
Aroma / Appearance - Semitransparent and the color of flaking rust or a water spigot which hasn’t been turned on in ten years this has a murky and mysterious aspect. Hints of carbonation escaped from time to time. In addition to the kick of the single malt I picked up vanilla, cherries, blackberries, and still moist cakes of mud. The creaminess smelled a bit like a piece of plain cheesecake.
Flavor / Palate - Peat and scotch got the party started right. Next came cherry, maple syrup, and vanilla. Without being cloying the mouthfeel requires your full attention. Warm with a trace of bitterness this might get a bit heavy after more than six ounces. That would not stop me from drinking it again.
Consumed 11-14-2009. Arrived a very clean red color with a low, off-white head. Nose has some Munich malt bite with a strong fruity apple and grape notes. Flavor starts off with a strong caramel malt presence, light smokiness, mild toasted notes from Maris Otter and Munich malts, light grape and apple fruit sweetness near the end. Moderate body, low carbonation, no lacing. Overall a good brew but was a bit too much on the fruity side and took away from the rich maltiness normally found in the styling. ContemplateBeer (2089) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2010
Wow. Underrated-Aroma of dark liquor, caramel and vanilla. Appearance was nearly opaque red with dark tan head. Flavor matches nose with some spiced apple. Palate is bubbly. Enjoyed. On Cask. kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Draught at the pub, pours a dark red hued amber with a thin light tan head. Aroma is sweet malt. Flavor is malt with a hint of tartness. Finishes a bit dry and mildly toasty. Strykzone (7555) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Pour is a very dark brown with a lot of red. Cola appearance. Smoked malty aroma. Flavor was rich malt with smoke, rye, wood, toffee, and more malt. A nice beer. austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - JUL 6, 2009
Draught at HBF 09. Dark amber, small beige head. Fruity nose, slight funkiness and sweet raspberry jam, maybe a hint of glue. Mellow and sweet berryish flavor, raspberry, butter, cream and little oak even. Buttery, even ice-creamy brew, didn’t warm me like a good Scotsman should.