Lia Fail - Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The

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Reviews: 86
Hads: 122
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-01-2002

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Photo of Dukeofearl
2.65/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I find I really like or really don't care for Scottish beers (or, to be fair, the Scottish beers available to me in Southern California). This "Stone of Destiny" beer did not do it for me.

$4.59 for a 0.5 liter bottle at La Bodega in Riverside, CA, July 2006.

Pours a clear amber, with an odd, off-grey head (a color I never thought I would use when describing beer). A ton of dark yeast chunkies fell into the glass almost from the beginning of the pour. I don't mind yeast floaties or chunkies at all, but this was a touch overwhelming.

Aroma is a rich dark deep malt, quite roasty. Flavor is of strong hops, very sharp, with a pronounced yeast quality (what a surprise). A bitterness reminiscent of overboiled coffee finished it for me- not recommended. (765 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
2.67/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Head took some extreme effort to form up and then fades to ring like covering w/ scattered lace left behind. Brown color looks deep and rich, little carbonation.

A simple, straight forward brew. Light on the palate w/ little carbonation and finishing a bit watered. Malts are subtle but still enough to be the dominant theme. Toasted middle and a bit of a hop splash towards the end only to finish watery and lingering grain.

Notes: Session would be out for me as it is not very refreshing. (496 characters)

Photo of MaineBirdMan
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass. Nice little legend/story on the back of the bottle.

color: dark amber

There was a nice quarter inch head.

Taste: I could really taste the hops as well as some sweet chocolate tones.

Nose: Man, I really stuck my nose down into my glass. But I wasn't able to get any real bouquet. There was some floral hints but not much.

Mouthfeel: Easy on the tongue with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: I could drink quite a few of these beers if it weren't for the price ($5.99 per bottle from the store). Low in alcohol so the legs don't get wobbly after a few. (613 characters)

Photo of bruachan
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i gave this guy an aggressive pour, as i anticipated a head might be hard to coax out of the bottle. sure enough it was big...and then it wasn't. some lacing to prove it. the color is a mostly red amber

the aroma is super chocolatey in a smoky way. like the dry stuff that flakes off of bars of dark chocolate. actually, beyond that there's not a whole lot more

that bitter chocolate follows the nose into the taste of the beer itself. not at the start, but in the finish of each mouthful (well, not the very end...buut close). there's some big hop character at the end, as well. all in all a very different scottish ale. it's thin and doesn't sport the typical sweetness and chewiness. in fact, it's really not sweet (723 characters)

Photo of aracauna
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper with a weak head. The aroma is very malty with a hint of peat. It’s also heavily sweet with caramel and brown sugar. The flavor isn’t overly sweet (the aroma would have fit a cloyingly sweet beer, so it wouldn’t have been unexpected), but does have a cake-like malt quality that complements the aroma nicely. There’s virtually no bitterness. The body is a bit thin, however. (390 characters)

Photo of beckje01
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark amber with 1/2 an inch of head

S- Malts with a touch of alcohol, and some slight woody smells wich are very nice.

T- Malts with a rich smoke flavor, very good for the style

M- Smoth with a bit of water feel to it not quite as full as I would like

D- Pretty easy going down, kind of light over all drinkable beer. (332 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a thick, creamy off-white head. The look is fairly typical of Scottish ales.

S: Big aromas of toffee, brown sugar, and earthy, peppery hops are present on the nose. As the beer warms, these aromas blend in a pleasant fashion.

T: Opens sweet and smooth with notes of heavy cream, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cocoa, and mocha chased by peppery English ale hops. The finish is smooth with earthy, peppery hop, cream, and toffee flavors readily identifiable.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, but closer to the former than the latter. Firm, but smooth. Drinkable, but not all that memorable.

O: Maybe I tried this beer at the wrong time, or maybe I was just burned out on Scottish ales, but this ale did absolutely nothing for me. This is unusual, as I generally like Inveralmond's products. I have a feeling I'll be revisiting this beer in the future, though I will not making a point of rushing to do so. (937 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. It was a cloudy brown with a thin head that had an oily sheen to it. Nice aroma: toffee, butterscotch, dark fruit. However, something happened between the aroma and the taste. Initially sweet, then nothing was there, then some sharp hops showed up. Not a very pleasing taste. Doubt that I'll try this particular Scottish Ale again. (372 characters)

Photo of rocketmotor
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from a bottle, pours with a small head. Leaves good lacing on the glass. This beer has a nice malty aroma. I can also smell the hops, a rather light scent that seems to be riding on the edge of the malt, with a nice, spicy character.

This beer has a nice malt flavor, rather mild, not roasted too much, as I do not like the coffee flavors of very malty beers. The hops taste similar to the smell, spicy and on the outside edges of the malt. Leaves a nice interplay between sweet malt and hops on the tongue. There is also a slight sour flavor, not overpouring, but unmistakable. I guess it works ok... I prefer a more carbonated beer, as this is mildy carbonated. Mouthfeel is still nice though, with good body.

Drinkability is good, I could have more than one if I had to. I really need something with more hops. (826 characters)

Photo of albern
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a cloudy brackish brown with little head and only slight lacing. The smell is the best part of this beer. You get a nice blend of bready malt, some hops, and some sweet fruit aromas (maybe raisin or currents or figs). The consistency is watery and pretty thin and light bodied. I would have preferred something heavier. The taste is nice, but again, too watery. The sweetish malts are pronounced and then it dissipates. You get a bit of a burnt flavor. There is very little carbonation in this beer. There is a smallish bite in the aftertaste where the hoppiness comes out. It is the dissipation in the mid to end of the taste that is the most troubling and which compromises this beer. The mouthfeel is very light. There just isn't enough here to sink into. Not a bad beer though. (790 characters)

Photo of mschofield
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours mahogany, topped with a one finger tan head, leaves only temporary webs of lacing.
Malty, sweet and floral aroma, bread and peat.
Malty, toast and dark bread, floral, small caramel note, biscuit.
Medium bodied, not bad it just didn't do much for me. (258 characters)

Photo of stjarnflikka
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish and brown colour with a thick, cream-brown foam.

The smell is of sugar, malt and candy. A bit thin though.

Taste is bitter, a bit roasted and quite "dry". No special sweetness to it, and quite bleak.

An easily drunk beer, but thats about it. Doesn't give me anything out of the ordinary. (312 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a half-pint glass.

A: A gorgeous ruddy colour; transparent with a nice head and heavy lacing. Lia Fail positively glows in the light.

S: Smells of caramel malt with a sour twist. Nice.

T: Hm. My nose was right -- a malty base with a bit of sour mash taste. The aftertaste is bit rough (i.e., not smooth) with a hint of coffee or roasted malt.

M: Wishy-washy and thin in feel if not in flavour.

D: Light, but weirdly sour and not that great. It's pretty good at first, but can't even last half a pint. Grab something else. (536 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a nice deep clear Amber colour with a near pure White head that retains very well and laces.

S - Mainly caramel malt

T - Up front some nice malt notes with caramel. The mid palate slghtly brown sugar notes with yeast and bread. The finish is dry and long with a little residual sweetness.

M - Medium body and low carbonation.

O - A very sessionable ale that is recommended. (414 characters)

Photo of seanyfo
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint served by handpump into imperial pint glass at the Cloister bar Edinburgh.

A- Dark mahogany body with a 1 finger head producing good lacing. Head retention is average to good leaving a crown.

S- Faint toffee malts, minimal hops

T- A minimal toasted malt beginning with a juicy hopbite in the finish. Hops linger on

M- Low carbonation with creamy mouthfeel

D- Hops are refreshing throughout the flavour but malts are too minimal for me on the tongue to be trully sessionable. (484 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a dull weathered cranberry color with a 1 finger spongey head that was short lived and was beach sand in color. The head lapsed to a patchy covering filled with bubblewrap type bubbles that produced a thin film ring band for a lacing. Held against the light the coloring appeared a bright cherry-cranberry and showed random bursts and release of carbonation bubbles.

S: The nose was fruity with a brief show of apples upfront before quickly giving way to a toffee and caramel presence. Sugary grains and wort appear while the finish rounds out with a caramel chew candy fade.

T: My initial impression was the flavor came off a bit thin in delivery. There appeared to be a decent level of maltiness trying to come out but never quite convinces me. A spicy hopping of fuggles seems oddly mis-paired here producing fruity tones. Red grapes, juicy pears, and melons are noticeable and again oddly misplaced. For the finish the caramel malting finally comes back into play giving a scotchy caramel character with light peat and a dry spicy fade of nutmeg. The label claims this to be distinctively rich which I think is a bit of a stretch of the imagination if you ask me.

M: The mouthful was light to medium bodied but felt lighter the longer you held it. Oily texture with very little, if any carbonation detected. Overall was rather boring with the exception of the swallow which finally produces some maltiness and scotchy caramel character. Despite its limited abv of 4.7% this did give the impression it was slightly higher. Finishes with a dry spicy coating with a slight malty residue lacing.

D: Drinkability was fair, though one would be it for me. Rather boring, lacked maltiness, and incentive to have more. A bit thin and almost watery at times makes this go down rather easy but the lack of flavor and heart certainly don't help matters here and made me hesitant towards the next sip. Overall a good aromatic experience that goes down hill from there. (1,977 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well carbonated, good summer drink. Brown, big initial head of cream. Lace and off-white head. Malt and sourness significant contributions. Scotch, barleywine aroma. Grassy,hops present copper of UK ales, fine when you share the bottle. Easy drinking. (251 characters)

Photo of WeissGary
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A really nice beer; near dark amber colour, a light aroma with vague hints of of the taste character, a thin off white head and stable body, quite bitter to the taste with a coffee finish but still very flavoursome. This is, to my view, a beautiful beer, more often than not this will be in my selection if I am on a Scottish ale run! If you see it give it a shot! (364 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty light amber color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry English hops with lingering peats malt notes (or maybe I was dreaming but seems there was definite smoke notes). Body is quite full with good carbonation and light alcohol level makes this even more enjoyable. Easily drinkable though quite complex - finish was maybe a tad too dry. (412 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours semi-cloudy dark amber/caramel color without any discernible head.
Aroma of toffee, tangy hop notes with some minor peat and/or smoke.
Flavor of rich deep caramel sweetness followed by a minor peat hit and some residual bittering.
Mouthfeel is hard water, slightly buttery and biscuity with some sweetness and very minor bitter.
Drinkability is very pleasant but nothing outstanding. (393 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fair brown with hints of orange, a frothy cream-colored head appears with nice tight carbonation bubbles and a nice lacing to follow.

Aroma consists of sweet caramel or molasses and slight hints of hops.

Smokey flavor with a roasty caramel again and hints of hops on the back of the palate.

Well balanced with medium carbonation.

This beer improves as you progress through, still a bit light on flavor for my tastes. (428 characters)

Photo of marty21
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep orange/copper with a two fingers worth of thick creamy off white head. Settles to a thick cap and leaves lot's of dense lacing.

S: Malty with milk chocolate and caramel. I get some hops faintly in the background.

T: The same as the aroma. It's malty with some milk chocolate and caramel. There's a bit of a hop bitterness at the end but nothing too strong.

M: Light carbonation with a light to medium body. Very easy to drink.

D: Quite a easy drinker. Nothing overpowering but it's not weak on anything. Would make for a great session beer. (565 characters)

Photo of Shaw
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely amber color with a slight head that reduces to just partial foam in my glass. Some particles, no doubt from the bottle conditioning.

It smells of caramelized malt and biscuits.

The flavor is of roasted grains with a hint of mustiness and toasted flavors.

The body is light, as I would expect with a beer of this low ABV.

This is a nice toasty ale that is a great session beer. It has an abundance of flavor. (434 characters)

Photo of NilsFrisk
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark amber/brown colour with a thick head, with a very foamy texture. smells a bit metallic along with hops, some chocolate there too. taste of aromatic hops with a malty taste to back it up, the malt and the hops kind of blends together, really well balanced. (262 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz brown bottle. Freshness date etched on bottom of label.
It pours a ruby-hued mahogany/amber with a smallish beige head and thin wisps of lace.
It has a light sweet malty aroma with hints of wet hay.
The malt body is lighter than it appears. It's dry with only a dab of sweetness.
A tea-like and mild lemony bitterness are on equal footing with the maltiness. So, this is a balanced brew, but lacking in any upfront or aggressive flavors.
This is an easy quaffing ale. Good for a hot summer's night. (510 characters)

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Lia Fail from Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The
85 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.