5000 (5613) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours dark brown with ruby hightlights. Medium tannish colored head, good lacing. Much darker than other Scottish Ales. Lovely aroma of figs, plums, oak, and a bit of alcohol as it warms. Flavor is intense, a large bouquet if you will: figs, plums, oak, dark cherries, molasses, some licorice and cola. This Scottish is hands down the most flavorful and complex one I've had. Finish is much same but with perhaps a bit of a vinous/vinegary tinge, mouthfeel is silky smooth. Warming finish, but the 9.5% is dangerously well hidden. By far the best Scottish Ale I have had to date. HIGHLY recommended. Thanks goes out to TChrome for the trade!
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - MAR 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
his differentiates from the JP Gray, I presume, not having tried the aformementioned. In any event, the bottle is quite different, and I picked it up at the brewery. Pours a very dark, ruby red amber with minimal head. What there is in head and lace is tannish in color. This isn't a highly carbonated beer by any means. Nothing intense in the nose, just a bit of molasses and fruit candy. Should be consumed at warmish temperatures to gather the full impact of this malty beauty. Rich, full mouthfeel, broadly brushes the tounge with stinging needles of caramel maltiness which feel like pin-prick pillows of just delightfully, and softly, mocha sweetness. As it gathers in character, the alcohol comes through pleasantly, lightly, subdued under a cloud of ample hopping which balances this little beauty like nobody's business. Classic.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful pour into my englis pint glass. Color is dark brown with ruby red highlights and a lovely creamy tan colored head that is fully retained. Aroma is delicious maltiness, light nose of roasted nuts, and a pretty strong hit of alcohol. Flavor is big and varied with lots of fruitiness and alcohol. Mouthfeel is creamy. Very good!
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great Scottish Ale. Oak, malt, and dark fruit flavor. Finishes smooth, creamy, and clean.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 24, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
3+ year old bottle. Just amazing, really. Some alcohol evident in the bready and smoked peat aroma. Creamy, mellow body, thick with molasses and sticky with caramel. Also noted some bittersweet chocolate, brown sugar and pecans. Slightly hoppy finish to remind you that you were just treated to one of the finest Scotch ales ever made. Elegant, refined and a real treat. Thanks to one of the most generous and sweetest raters I have the pleasure of knowing for sharing such a gem.
OldGrowth (2341) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Lite smoke,chocolate,coffee, whiskey, ABV sneaks in. Clear amber, meybe best amber I've seen, Brownish red. Small head. Flavor is ABV first then a roasted malt bitter hops duo. Creamy, smokey, bitter, thinner than I was expecting. Warming, kinda barley wine ish. The Abv was almost all in the flavor, didn't get in the nose or finish. Wish I had one to age, was a liitle young overall.
boto (1760) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - FEB 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught: I had a sample of this at the brewery. It poured a somewhat mahogany brown color. A decent off-white head. I get the aroma of caramel malt sweetness, with a hint of peat and smokiness. There are similar notes to the taste. A full, rich, complex taste. Lovely.
redlem (1290) - Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A medium woody weak old coffee color with a medium off-white head. A west coast(rain fresh/pine) hop aroma hits first , its not strong but noticed first. A thick caramel, coca-cola like, aroma, some alcohol. A sweet alcohol clinging taste. Silky mouthfeel. A good Scottish but not a top 50 beer.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2004 2001. Big foamy head. Sweet, malty, chocolatey and cherry taste nicely hides the high alcohol (9%). Nice yeasty finish. Really good stuff from no doubt the best brewer in So Cal.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich brown color with thin tan head. Slight sugar cane malt aroma. Smoked malt flavor with deep complex character. Finishes strong. Well done.