Not sure if anyone has posted this in the past. But it wasn't on the first 6 pages. I've just begun taking tasting notes, and have just begun brewing as well, so my palate isn't quite tuned into each individual flavor, but I feel I did a fairly good job:
Scotch Style Ale
Thoughts prior to opening: It's extra peaceful in the house this evening, and not for one specific reason. The windows are open, letting a friendly air lilt through the screen; it's smell of grass, trees and the freshness of a mid spring evening. The sun is setting over the horizon and the baby is fast asleep (i hope) quietly dreaming of simple pleasures - as I am about to enjoy mine. Dirty Bastard - doesn't sound like much of a pleasantry, but we shall soon find out.
Opening this beer at fridge temp (37-40). From the description of a ruby red body, I'm guessing it should be served just slightly warmer, but I've got a taste for beer now.
Pouring into a wine glass for wide mouth, but bad for releasing bubble properly. Lots of bubble sticking to the bottom of the glass, head was weak, but probably from bad pour...and perhaps poor drying job from last washing.
Definitely a reddish brown. The color of a working Scotsman's hair.
Smells malty, a bit of fruit, and yes some smoke as mentioned on the 6er. Probably wouldnt' have noticed it otherwise. I'm new at this recording tastings thing.
Medium bodied. Packs a nice punch but wussies out at the end. Almost forgot I drank a beer, save for a lingering bitterness way in the back. Nice array of malts (perhaps a bit psycosomatic): can taste roasted and chocolate? Finishes fairly dry with some roasty and sweet malt (?) notes. I wanted to say fruit, but I cant put my finger on it.
The 50 IBUs are good for the thickness of this beer. It's velvety in the mouth, but with a fairly clean finish. Good alcohol flavor. I'd better slow down...it's 8.5%. I could definitely put another one of these down. But the typos would increase.
Thoughts: Good stuff. I hadn't had a scottish ale before due to my book-cover-judging of beer labels. I have found that getting over it, jumping in, and appreciating every beer for what it has to offer is a much better way to approach things - as opposed to "I drink wheat beers. Screw IPA's". I don't care what anyone says about beer styles. This beer seems like a good fall beer to drink around the campfire (the smoke is coming through and influencing this decision), but I'll drink any style any day of the year. Although that Maharaja Imperial IPA OG 1.080 was a bit much for spring. Hooray for beer. And Hooray for beer appreciation!! Prost! (I know it means something good, but not sure what yet)