Today is my second Scottish beer. My first one was less than spectacular, probably due to an expiry date SNAFU. This beer has an amazing label. I really dig the artwork and info on it. It even gives the UK government's guideline amount of drinks for the average adult! It comes in a 500mL brown bottle, and has 4.6% alcohol/vol. The label even tells you what to expect in terms of colour, aroma, and taste. I purposefully didn't read it in detail, because I didn't want to be prejudiced.
Upon opening, I was greeted with dark malts. The aroma was very much like that of a Guinness: roasted dark malts with chocolate and coffee. When poured, it formed a thin light brown head that disappeared quickly. The beer itself was a nearly-opaque black. The aroma gained a slightly sweet fruity hint to it.
The first sip was fairly smooth. The beer was fairly bitter, and had a very dry finish. The flavour was mostly dark malt. A tiny hint of coffee and chocolate, but barely noticeable. The feel in the mouth was exceptionally soft. Considering that I had just come back from a run, this beer really hit the spot. As such, my judgement may be a bit skewed. I enjoyed this beer, and would definitely buy it again. Doubly so if I found it in a pub.