The pour was a clear dark copper with an average off white foamy head that left streaky lacing.The aroma was of a toasted light bready malts, mild grassy hops and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel, and toffee.The taste was malty with a mild caramel sweetness at first, but quickly became bitter sweet with an earthy and mildly spicy finish. Overall this was a brew that did not have much complexity. Although what it did have seemed to work well enough.
Clear Redish brown with small off-white foam head, lacing to the glass. Aroma is not too extreme, barley, wheat and little sweet. Taste is nice bitter w/ some sweet notes. Nice bitter aftertaste. (Houston 201301)
Malty aroma has a hint of fruit - average, but acceptable. It pours a beautiful coppery brown with a fairly thick pale golden-brown head. Malty flavor has a hoppy, woody undertone and a hint of apple. Texture has average body but good fizz. Definitely worth a try.
12 oz. capped bottle. Poured a clear ruby-brown or old reddish copper coloured ale with a two fingers beige creamy pillowy foamy head that had a very long retention and tons of micro bubbles. Soft carbonation. Good lacing. The aroma is sweet caramel malts, mild aromatic floral hops. The flavour is caramel and toasted malts, biscuits, mild fruits with nuts, floral hops and a touch of smoke. A well-done balance between malts and hops. The mouthfeel is creamy , a bit oily and very smooth. This light to medium bodied ale has a dry hoppy bitter finish. A very pleasant Scottish ale.
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces four-fingers of amber stained, tan colored head. The beer is a rich red color that shows a brilliantly clear, deeply red stained, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sweet crystal malt, with a touch of toasted grain character, but also has a touch of berry and herbal hop character to it. The finish smells of freshly crushed, nicely browned whole grain bread crust, some hay like grain notes and even a touch of sweet tea character. The nose is definitely malt focused, but it has a bit too much crystal malt character. A greater malt richness from kettle caramelization might help, but I do like the light, but noticeable hop influence that is here in the nose.
Dry toasted malt, and caramelized bread crust notes are noticeable as this beer first hits my tongue. As it rolls across the palate the beer picks up a caramelized sweetness and a fruity berry character that sticks to the palate beyond what a beer of this strength would suggest. The viscous heft is kept from being cloying by a solid, biting bitterness and a sharp herbal hop character that adds some nice spiciness to the finish. The fruitiness is fairly noticeable here and I think comes from all three of the malt, hop and fermentation derived sources; it is mostly berry like with perhaps just a hint of citrus character.
The hop character plays a much bigger role here than one would expect in a more stock version of the style, but I definitely like the addition as it is needed to keep this from being cloying and from allowing the crystal malt character to run rough-shod over the profile of this beer. Not bad, and in fact even enjoyable. I could wish for a bit more richness in the malt character, but I am happily consuming my bottle of this beer right now.
Dark amber pour, little head or lacing. Aroma wasnt’ good...like burnt cardboard. Flavor wasn’t as bad as the odor (which is what you call bad aroma). Dry, little sweetness with heavy malts (how did they keep the sweetness out?). I didn’t like this at all. Not worth finishing the bottle.
Pours a dark brown/red with thin beige head and some lacing. Aroma of hops, raisin/plum, and some mild spices. Mouthfeel is mild-body, smooth, and tingled swallow. Flavor of malts, hops, and spice. Pretty good.
Bottle purchased in Omaha. Poured a light brown color with a weak head and poor lacing. The aroma was light roast and smoke over a coffee type base. The flavor was coffee, licorice, ash, and other roast flavors, a bit astringent or rough, though. Finishes with a little bit of a citrus hop zing, but the malty side of this one was a bit disappointing, coming off more like a porter than a scottish ale (where's the peat?).