Lia Fail - Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The
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3.38/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
11-07-2010 19:50:20 | More by AgentMunky
4.58/5 rDev +22.1%
This is an excellent Scottish ale with nice subtle complexity.
Red-brown amber, it has a big, rich tan head slowly shrinking to thin foamy top and leaving a few hints of lace.
Aroma is very toasty barley, bread crust, chocolate, hints of tea, leaves, woody earth and later some hints of fruit. It is very nice with good, subtle complexity.
Taste is toasty bread crust, dryish, woody-earthy leaves, hint of chocolate. Balanced sweetness and bitterness, the latter just dominating the finish, which is earthy, leafy, and a little spicey-peppery. Feel is firm.
09-21-2010 21:00:43 | More by Offa
4.13/5 rDev +10.1%
One of several birthday presents from my in laws! Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. It wasn't as dark as I expected especially since the label states "Dark Scottish Ale," but still pretty good looking. It comes out a little bit of an orange brown color, "rusty" if you will. Very hazy and a thick creamy white head, very decent lacing. The smell isn't overly strong, but it's got complexity and depth and overall pretty good. A little citrusy and bready. Almost like a orange loaf of pound cake. It's followed by dark sweet malts. Taste is good, malty, but not too aggressive. Caramel and toffee, not too sweet though. There is a good balance between the malt and hop flavor, citrus hops. Not really bready like the smell. Mouthfeel is good, fairly light, almost smooth. A little complex, not as creamy as other Scottish Ales I've had in the past. It's strange, not really like any of this style I've had in the past but really enjoyed this. I like the balance and it's very unique. Good, I'd get it again, but more of a summer Scottish Ale, I like it.
06-29-2010 00:51:12 | More by AndyAvalanche
3.63/5 rDev -3.2%
A: Pours a dark ruby red color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Some patchy lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malts, grain, and sweet caramel. A light floral bitterness lingers.
T: At first a sweet caramel flavor is up front. The sweetness is a bit cloying at first. Then a suprisingly strong bitterness takes over. A little one dimensional, but enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body. A little under carbonated, and thin. Not hard to drink. Something I can quaff at the pub with no problem.
A decent beer on cask. Nothing special, but enjoyable for what it is. Worth a try if you see it on cask.
06-25-2010 22:11:18 | More by champ103
United Kingdom (England)
3.73/5 rDev -0.5%
Appearance: Rich, thick, creamy head that lasted a long way down the pint. Mid-brown colour
Aroma: Malty, spicy, suggesting sweetness
Taste: Predominantly malty with slight hop biterness in the background. Not as strong and rich a taste as the aroma suggested
Mouthfeel: Some pleasant aftertaste, moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Easy to drink, so good of you're after a session beer.
Other notes: Bought in a brewery gift pack from a visitor centre shop on the outskirts of Perth
05-02-2010 17:03:31 | More by ivanwatling
3.45/5 rDev -8%
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.
04-26-2010 22:42:14 | More by beerthulhu
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.48/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
04-17-2010 13:27:16 | More by seanyfo
4.33/5 rDev +15.5%
Had on cask at the halfway house - Edinburgh, meticulously kept, perfect temperature...syked.
This is the bomb for sessionable Scottish brown ales
amber brown with a one finger head and tons of lacing.
Smell is all caramel and nuts - really nice
Taste is more of that, round hazelnuts, malty nice caramel, then goes just a tad bitter at the very end - finishes clean and just slightly sweet - very smooth and rich in the mouthfeel, but not heavy or sticky - not nearly as sweet as many of the heavier wee-heavies and scottish ales.
Wow, i was very very impressed by this...and it was my first pint so i know my tasters were on it. One of the best browns i've had period.
03-22-2010 12:50:43 | More by benclimbs
3.9/5 rDev +4%
Appearance: Pours out a relatively clear, ruby-hued body with a frothy, airy, ecru head.
Smell: Malty aroma scented with dry caramel and chocolate powder and rounded out with a hint of fruit and some popping notes of grainy barley.
Taste: Toasted bready maltiness enveloped in a thin coating of chocolate and caramel. Minor dark fruitiness. Mild bitterness imparted by the English hops, though the taste remains predominately malty. Hint of grain on the drying finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-low carbonation.
Drinkability: A pleasant, easy-drinking Scottish brew with an appreciated low alcohol percentage.
01-18-2010 23:11:18 | More by ChainGangGuy
British Columbia (Canada)
4.38/5 rDev +16.8%
Real solid thick moutfeel with lots of malt and chocolate notes coming to the fore kinda like porter mixed with a Scottish Ale. I thought the beer was much stronger than its 4.7ABV with all the flavour packed into the finish. I would definately buy this again as it combines complexity with drinkability in a sessionable package.
12-21-2009 19:48:16 | More by canucklehead
3.95/5 rDev +5.3%
Pours a nice amber color with a two-finger head that fades into some lacing on the sides of the glass.
Aroma is mild with a hint of sweet, smokey malt. A bit of bread is detected as well as part of the malt.
Taste is smoky, chewy and sweet with a hint of bread as well. Very basic and yet, desirable.
Mouthfeel is full of lingering bread and smoky malt. Ditto on the sweetness as well. Neither thin nor thick.
Not bad but I believe I've had stronger versions of the style. Highly drinkable and easy to enjoy but far from the best example I've had. Worth a shot if you're a fan of the style.
11-19-2009 00:01:50 | More by Brad007
2.9/5 rDev -22.7%
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.
10-09-2009 11:15:23 | More by MaineBirdMan
3.53/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
09-24-2009 02:45:39 | More by Phyl21ca
3.75/5 rDev 0%
Not much head at the pour, in fact, I thought it might have been a leaky bottle and/or flat. But then at the end a nice but very little off white head emerged.
Dark Brown somewhat cloudy color. Some red when held to the light.
Kind of a fruity aroma.. not what i was expecting, especially at first, but sort of grew on me later...
First minor sip Liquorice, wow very interesting. Second sip malty, molasses a little nutty some smoke [ ooh later on especially at the burp haa] Some hop spiciness nice surprise I would like to try this again, this bottle was about a month after it's "best before" date...
carbonation is thin but i like it.
not much lacing
Some day i need to have this "in country" over in Scotland.
09-15-2009 01:52:53 | More by ReDave
4/5 rDev +6.7%
I am a big fan of Wee Heavy, so digging into the world of the lighter version of these ales will be nice to expand the palate.
Pours out a murky tawny amber color, light to no head, dissapates quickly. A low level of carbonation is definatley apparent.
Smell is rendolent of hard apple cider. Fermented fruit, caramels, a spicy alcoholic finish suprising given the low abv. A dark currantlike note, apple butter, bitter cocoa, ovverripe bruised apples ready for the cider press. Almost an oaklike sweetness.
Taste is predominated by the caramel. Lighter bodied than expected yet this turns into more of a caramel coated apple than cider in the flavor. The apple/caramel combination would make this a nice falltime festival beer. The sweet light toffeness in the sweetness is balanced by the bittering hops, and remains neither sweet, nor bitter.
The apple/caramel combo I think would pair nicely with caramelized scallops, or maybe a hot doughnut at a festival. A salty beef pie(think of scottish food) would be nice. If this were reduced down and made into a apple/ale compote. It could make a nice pastry filling for flaky fillo dough
06-10-2009 19:28:45 | More by czfreeman
3.7/5 rDev -1.3%
A: poured from a 500mL bottle into a pint glass. Cloudy copper color with a rather small head.
S: caramel malts predominate. Light hopping lends a bit of citrus and floral aroma but nothing overt. I'd like strong smells overall but apparently this is right on target for a Scottish.
T: crisp, straightforward presentation of the malts...not much else. Pleasantly bitter finish.
M: standard medium ale, fizzy but not overly so
D: easy to drink, if not altogether my favorite
04-22-2009 21:43:47 | More by Richardberg
3.68/5 rDev -1.9%
This one is the first beer of Scotland i drink. In the appearance, have a brown tamarind color, very opaque, regular foam head, in the logo have a landscape; the smell is fresh, with essences of plum and peach; in the logo says "distinctively rich" and it's true; frutal taste with flavors of peach, a little coffee, orange and banana; the mouthfeel is citrus, light carbonation and medium bitterness, it is acceptable, and the flavor in the mouth lasts; in the drinkability, possibly be too citrus, excellent to accompany any food
03-19-2009 18:09:43 | More by roddwolff
3.85/5 rDev +2.7%
Dispensed from a 500ml bottle into pint glass. Pours a ruddy and hazy dark amber color with a small white head.
Aroma is fruity and floral and very malty. A touch of chocolate in the aroma as well.
Malt and dark grains in the flavor. More floral flavors and a great deal of fruitiness. Not much smoky or peaty characters that are usually present in Scottish ales.
Thin on the mouthfeel yet somewhat slick on the tongue. Low carbonation make this one finish slightly dry. Good beer indeed.
01-13-2009 21:08:28 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.68/5 rDev -1.9%
The colour is deep amber with a tint of brown. The finger thick airy head is off white. The liquid is clear. Lots of lacing occurs.
The smell got notes of caramel and dried fruits. A generous bitterness hits the nose. Some nuts and almonds. Hints of apricots.
The taste is grand and inviting, yet a little demanding (although the body is just medium). Flavours of fresh exotic fruits, clean bitter notes and a pleasant, lightly roasted malty taste. The aftertaste is pleasant with a genuine bitter flavour with hints of flowers, grass, consommé and a touch of citric acid. Some plastic hints in the finish - Fuggles hops?
The carbonation is medium strong; the liquid smooth.
Lots of character in this ale, still very balanced.
10-29-2008 21:31:16 | More by bark
3.93/5 rDev +4.8%
500 ml bottle, best before April 2009, poured into snifter glass:
Pours brown with ruby highlights. A thin head quickly diminishes to a thin wisp and a thick ring that leaves dotted lacing.
The smell is of toffee and chocolate-ish notes with a subtle, pine-like backing.
The taste is of chocolate-y maltiness with a balancing piney, slightly citric, leafy hop support. On the hoppy side for a Scottish Ale - though they are clearly secondary to the chocolatey malt, which is itself not very robust or rich, but the blend is delicious. There's a mild bitterness balancing the sweetness and a woody dryness in the finish.
Even at (or near) room temperature, I wouldn't classify this as the "full-bodied" beer it claims to be. It does reach medium-bodied, though, and has a certain velvety smoothness to it. The carbonation is mild.
The hops - Challenger, Fuggles and Cascade - according to the label - play a supportive role to the toffee-ish chocolate-y maltiness that is not quite rich, but works well to produce a well-balanced tasty treat. Very drinkable/"sessionable"!
10-21-2008 19:17:55 | More by jwc215
3.95/5 rDev +5.3%
[Eyes] Great dark brown colour like the bootle! Small creamy brown head that quickly byeeee
[Nouse] A little bit of coffe and chocolate... caramel and some honey?.
[Mouth] Sweet, chocolate, nut, coffe and vanilla. Great and nice balance with good hop in aftertaste, i just get of some carbonation... or maybe more temperature???
Serving type: bottle
09-26-2008 01:38:01 | More by gerardoluna
4.33/5 rDev +15.5%
Outstanding effort from this brewery!
Color is beautiful, deep amber and clear.
The head is fairly tight and yellow-brown in color. Dies down to a nice froth that remains for the whole pint.
Smell is sweet, some smoke, and hops. Lovely.
The back of the label reads (in part): "Challenger, Fuggles, and Cascade hops produce a spicy aroma with a balanced bitterness and full bodied flavour".
I couldn't describe it more perfectly than they've done it themselves.
Also noted: They use "full leaf hops".
I picked up aged wood notes, almost like scotch.
Mouthfeel was pleasing- not watery but not heavy.
05-22-2008 15:17:00 | More by MAB
3.53/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
04-25-2008 00:46:28 | More by CHADMC3
3.83/5 rDev +2.1%
500ml bottle bought at the LC and poured into a pint glass.
Pours a deep, clear orange-red colour with a massive rocky head that retains really well. Webs of lace coat the glass all the way to the bottom. Carbonation is mild. Aroma is very floral and honey-sweet with a bit of clover and heather. Lightly herbal. Strong crackery malt backbone holding it together. Sweet, but surprisingly balanced and hoppy.
Taste is a bit more watery than I'd like, but there's a great crackery malt backbone balanced very well by a lightly herbal hop bitterness. Light clover honey sweetness. Old school flavours here, it's not hard to imagine the highlands while drinking this. Clean and simple, medium body, and it dries nicely in the finish. Mild carbonation. I could session this no problem, it's really tasty and slides down really easily.
04-02-2008 03:16:32 | More by trevorwideman
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.7/5 rDev -1.3%
A - Beautiful, dark brown colour. Almost the same colour as the bottle it came out of. Thin, creamy brown head that quickly went away.
S - To begin with a wee bit of chocolate but as it warmed up starting giving caramel and some honey.
T - Quite sweet, with lots of chocolate and vanilla. Nicely balanced by robust hop taste.
M - Felt it was too heavy on the carbonation. still not bad though. Probably better on cask if I can find it somewhere.
D - No problems putting a few of these away.
03-17-2008 22:16:37 | More by thesultan
Lia Fail from Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The
85 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.