duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Really lovely stuff. Drier than most scottish style ales i’ve had, but thats not necesarily a bad thing. Some light sweet caramel and vanilla in the start, with some licorice and roasted malt towards the end. Slight tart bitterness in the finish, extremely tasty stuff, i want more. MASSIVE THANKS TO CLARKVV. Glad i got the chance to share it with everyone at the Low Countries Gathering.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
No#15. This is my first alesmith so looking forward to it. Aroma is reaosnably fruity with a nice balanced sweetness. Taste is quite different with malt and some bittering hops making for an excellent little beer.
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at LCRBM. wow, just great. aroma: malt, wood(oak), coffee and licorice. taste: coffee, nutty, figs, raisins, sweet, bitterish, malty. finishes sweet, nutty, bitterish and very long. full bodied, not much co2. alc. is well hidden, well balanced, complex beer. GREAT.
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled at LC-RBM. Coffee and licorice aroma. Black color, beige/yellow creamy head, good lace. Very sweet, well hopped, licorice, date, smooth, sticky, very well balanced. Like a very good strong scotch ale with American hops.
JorisPPattyn (8566) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small yellow-brown head; darker brown beer with Burgundy highlights. Smoked, nearly tarred nose, and some roasted malts. Toasted bread with butter, and Islay malt aromas. Smoked toasty taste, sweet and a bit caramelly, but in a nice, not cloying way. Apricot flavour retronasal. Smooth, slick, even viscous, much more than expected from a Scotch ale. Great, even when some unusual characteristics; good catch whoever brought it.
diabel (1630) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the RBG Low Countries 2005 tasting session
Off-white, clear brown-black body. Nose of straw, molasses, coffee, liquor. Lightly sweet, moderately bitter initial flavour. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter (long) finish. Medium bodied. Soft carbonation. The 9.5% ABV isn’t apparent at all. Very smooth beer and well-balanced. Not a flavour-bomb, which I like in it.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Butterscotch nose with a dark iced tea body with a dense lasting head. Caramel sweetness, husky, honey, very light smoke, brown sugar. Very nice.
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - OCT 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
nut brown w/ a small head. alcohol aroma w/ note of malt, smoke. full bodied, flavor dominated by scotch, still well balanced.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one kind of fell apart for me. The sweet ness was totally separate from the bitter alcohol component. Needs better blending of opposites.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2008 Pours a dark garnet red color with a thick, medium-dense light tan head. Sweet roasted malt notes in the aroma with a bit of subtle smokiness, red berry fruits, soft earthy spiciness, and brandied caramel. Deep malty flavor profile anchored by sweet alcoholic caramel/toffe maltiness with structured smokey roasted grain flavors woven into a superbly assertive though perfectly balanced body. Posesses an excellent roasted bitterness character in the big, full mouthfeel that is incredibly lively despite the dark, heavier flavor profile alongside a lovely perceived oxidation characteristic. Exceptionally well-balanced alcohol character that has an appropriately long, warm finish.