tillmac62 (727) - 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.
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.
kassner (1655) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2017
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.
Great head,frothy creamy and some lacing. scotchzombie (582) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2017
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 (24269) - 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 (1538) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2016
Pours brown with an off white head with moderate lacing. Aromas of caramel and roast.
Mep3222 (1531) - 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.
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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,
East End Session #01 - Mild Scottish Ale/80 Shilling,
Weasel Boy Plaid Ferret Scottish Ale or even
East End Old Hickory
HighlanderOne (1312) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2016
Poured from bottle.
Aroma of burnt caramel and cola.
Appearance is mahogany with tiny head.
Tasting caramel, cream soda, nut, pepper, pear, touch of spice.
Palate is nice. Good drinkability.
Overall, not best in class, but good stuff. HourGlass13 (845) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Pours up brown with a brown foamy head. Not much on aroma, just light caramel and hint of booze. Taste is thin and watery, a bit of peaty malt on the tongue, a mild hop presence and thats it. Finishes a bit dry. Not their best offering. nearbeer (5362) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 27, 2015
12 oz. looks like it was bottled 05/19/2015. Nose is earth-spiced toffee, dark bread, apple, dried grass and cola. Pours clear copper-brown with a thin smattering of lasting foam. Body is to the lighter side of medium and has a smooth medium carbonation. Nice balance to the flavors with the toffee malt taste countered by earthy leaf, acidic dry cocoa, husky grain and apple tones.