Iphonephan (7333) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2017
From a 12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear amber with a small ecru head. Aromas are malty caramel and toffee. Flavor is moderate sweet with smooth but slightly bitter finish. BeerdedDave (1901) - Beckley, USA - JUL 31, 2017
on draft; reddish-brown color; malty aroma; light bodied, caramel and bready malt flavor; mild bitterness ManVsBeer (10972) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2017
Bottle from Whole Foods Supermarket, Wilmington, North Carolina. Clear mid-brown with a thin head. Has some roasted malt aroma, with a sweet dark malt taste and a hint of liquorice. tillmac62 (762) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2017
Pours a dark brown that turns into a lovely garnet hued beer when exposed to bright light. Normal head volume, lacing and retention. kassner (1705) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2017
The nose is rather timid with very little intensity. Light caramel, a hint of molasses and an extremely faint fruit ester. As it warms, the nose improves and allows light notes of peat to emerge along with a hint of char. The fruit ester seems to be pear, but apple is a possibility.
Heavy light body that has a smooth texture with a touch of slick oiliness. Outstanding carbonation / body balance. The middle has just enough effervescence to tickle the tongue while the finish, while not robust, is finely bubbled and delivers a prickly rush. Overall, it is slightly thin for the style.
The flavor profile is quite outstanding. This 2016 GABF gold medal winner needs to be allowed to warm near room temperature for the nuances of its complexity to be appreciated. This a subtle Scottish ale, not an in your face Wee Heavy. Balance is world class. Hop influence is minimalized, in accordance to style, and produces just a hint of bitterness towards the end. While being malt based, in accordance to style, just enough sweetness is present to detect but not detract. Initially, the first impression is a blend of cracker biscuit and nuts. From the middle on separation occurs and the complexities unfold. Light peat and light char lead coupled with a hint of cocoa. Next comes caramel coupled with molasses. As the finish approaches, molasses gains in intensity and provides the light sweet contrast for pear to emerge. Pear, molasses, a subtle hop earthy/herbal flavor and very subtle bitterness linger.
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2017 This beer is on tap at the bald head island club . It is not my favorite style but for style it is pretty much right on. Nice amber color, sweet and caramel but not too much.
scotchzombie (613) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2017
Great head,frothy creamy and some lacing.
Rich brown mahogany with a tan head of finger depth. Aroma roasted malt and dark fruit. Taste is sweet malt, raisin, spice. Very very drinkable and enjoyable. Less intense than some Scottish ales but this is a good thing.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Travlr (26264) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2016
Bottle from Total Wine. Dark clear brown color, thin beige head. Aroma of burnt brownies. Taste has toasted caramel, light body. OK. hman43 (1812) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2016
Pours brown with an off white head with moderate lacing. Aromas of caramel and roast. Mep3222 (1659) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2016
Caramelized malt aroma and flavor. Taste is a full bodied malty ale. Has a lagerish funk feel to the finish and maybe even a bit of a metallic finish as well?? Ok. Has some good points but not great. Had a weird sediment and also the Carmelites malt has a bit of a fake feel. Drinkable and an ok beer but not great.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone cheap (6129) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Bot. Smell is sweet old lager. Looks like iced tea. Has littel bits of things floating around inside. Decent carbonation for a Scottish beer. Taste is sweeter odd peat. Difficult if not medicinal. Not sure what to think, perhaps its something like a peat flavored Vienna? Can’t even be in the same style as Crooked Tongue Edinburg Scottish 70 Ale,
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