16 oz can thanks to the great howardf. Served up in a standard pint glass.
A: Pours up a nice and dark brown color with amber hues. Held to the light, more reds and oranges come through the brown. The body is very clear, I can see clearly through to the other side. There is a good, steady stream of carbonation. The pour got me minimal head and it was gone as soon as it came. The foam was off white in color, but there is no ring, no lace, no retention.
S: Smell is sweet like a Scottish Ale should be. Has a nice chocolate and caramel foundation. These notes dominate with just a sweet nuttiness contributing. There is a touch of hops coming through, but they are even slightly sweet and blend nicely.
T: Pretty much a mirror of the nose. Sweet caramel malts and a very light chocolate presence is lost in there somewhere. It does have a touch of hazelnut coming across but it isn't as pronounced as I was hoping. Little bit of a toffee not. Touch of spiciness/earthiness I imagine coming from the hops.
M: medium bodied with a medium carbonation. ABV is not noticeable. Has a nice sweetness, but there is a bite coming out of nowhere. Finishes pretty dry. Very refreshing for a malt heavy brew. Aftertaste is all caramel.
OA: Quite nice. I tend to shy away from Scottish Ales because they tend to be too much or too heavy handed with the malt and one dimensional. This one does have a nice flavor and it somehow stays refreshing and easy drinking for a malt heavy beer. Tasty stuff and will be happy to enjoy the second can I have here.
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