Nuffield (3747) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I opened this bottle while writing a lecture on the American Congress.... Pours with a decent, puffy, but loosely formed and quickly diminishing beige head, over a typical dark amber/caramel body. Then I took one sip and was hit with peat. Perhaps this is a smell you can place only if you’ve watched peat being cut or smelled it burn from a Scottish cottage. I now know that others have had this reaction to this beer. Lovely, earthy flavors. A slightly oily palate, typically British body in the lack of sustained carbonation. Mildly sweet, building through the drink. Smokiness continues, with some nice malty notes and only the slightest bitterness in the end. Another flavorful and enjoyable ale in the Scottish ale category. It ’twould be among my "everyday" beers, if I had my druthers.
GregL40 (97) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 17, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear as day, but deep amber like a cool ember. Complexly sweet aroma. Thin texture approaching zero. Malty and sweet, but is timid and could be a great beer if it were bolder.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a decent scottish ale. Very sweet initially but the finish is nice. This would be a good session beer due to the small ABV %.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Standard red beer appearance. Little to no head. Aroma was unspectacular and revealed little more than the fact that this was beer. Very light and easy drinking. Went down extremely smoothly and had a strong taste of cold honey.
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2002
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From bottle, bugger-all aroma but the bottle wasn’t very fresh. Nutty malt flavours. I started to enjoy this about half way thru. I need to re-rate this fresh. Ok anyway.
jpm8920 (152) - Park Ridge, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
a little weak for a scotish ale, but good nontheless
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 1, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is genteel, cardigan-tattersall-and-tweed ale, no kilt-lifter. Finely rounded malt underpinned elegantly with smoke and hops. Very classy, but could be more fun.
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A red beer with a good head. It has a slightly fruity aroma. And a good sweet powerful flavor.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty aroma - caramel, toasted malt, a little nuttiness. Brilliant amber color. Malt dominates the flavor, tastes a little like Newcastle but with better balance. Would lend itself well to drinking in mass quantity.
badgerben (4558) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2009 Original Rating, September 21, 2002, Bottle:There is an overwhelming nut flavor to it, which personaly I do not find appealing. Other than that, a strong brew. 7/5/5/3/14 Re-rating, May 26, 2008, Bottle: Again, I leave my original rating as a testament on how NOT to do ratings when you start out. Clear dark copper color with a thin head. A nutty and caramel aroma. Tastes of old, stale, earthy hops, and not entirely in a bad way. A little nutty. An almost vegetal hop finish. Not bad. Oddly enough, my original final score still stands.