Source: Tom Leith (email@example.com), HBD Issue #1131, 4/30/93
Now that the yeast is firmly on the bottom of the bottles, I can tell that there is very little molasses on the nose, and just a faint aftertaste. Just for fun the other day, I went out and bought some MacAndrews and McEwain's Scotch ale to compare. Since I like the MacAndrews better, I'll talk about IT. The first thing I noticed was a strong malt/caramel nose and flavor. We're talking strength like drugstore candy. More caramel than malt, I think. Tasty. My attempt doesn't come close. MacAndrews has more hop bitterness than mine does, but with all that caramel it probably needs it. The color, body, gravity, head, and the rest are fine in the beer I made -- what's missing is the caramel flavor.