jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear red/brown, thin white head, slightly maltly, earthy smokey nose. Nice medium body, smoke and malt in the palate, nice little shot of hop bitterness at the end...a nice brew. Real easy drinker!
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2001
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice deep ruby color - thin head - malty flavor with slight smokiness. A bit watery from the can I think.
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
You got to love those scottish malts! Certainly one of the more delicate beers that Belhaven makes.Nice smokiness, amber color.
ravidesai (940) - Bombay, INDIA - AUG 23, 2001
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a nice beer.
red/brown colour with a thin head
has a smoky taste though malt flavors dominate.
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 18, 2001
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2001
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice color, easy to drink, decent malt and smoky flavor.
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 18, 2001
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A wee bit earthy for my taste. Flavor was dominated by a burnt-coffee type taste with very little sweetness; caramel undertones were fleeting. This beer would greatly benefit from less carbination and a smoother texture. If it tasted as good as it looked (white/grey head with a beautiful deep amber color), this would be a real winner.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 15, 2001
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not bad, but I prefer the bottle
fraternie (797) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting Scottish ale...has a smokey flavor and somewhat of a Belgian strong taste as well. Unique, and very good.
PhillyBeer2112 (2473) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2001
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 Iím rerating, deleting a 4.4 rating that was very old, and replacing it with a definite lower score...not that this beer has turned bad, but the packaging sure has. Nitro can ruins another. Looks nice, with a good reddish color, lacking effervescence though, with the widget stripping all the carb from it, leaving just that thick creamy nitro head over a flat ale. Aroma warming and caramelized, flavor very sweet, hint of smoke, losing any balancing hop character (which is what nitro does IMO). Annoying. Nitro can rating: 3.0
Another re-rate: While I didnít particularly enjoy the nitro can, I found some new bottles, non-nitro. More similar to my early experiences with this beer but not worthy of my original 4.4 rating. A full earthy sweetness with hints at leafy hops and a definite smokiness. Bottle rating: 3.7
Score shown: average impression across packaging variations.