mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
deep brownish red, neige head. a whiff of smoke with brown sugar and anise. solid dark bready malt flavour with caramel and subtle smoke. finsihes toffeeish and a little roasty. nice.
highlandlad (1470) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2005 Ah now, this is the business for a cold winter night. A big hairy-chested íheavyí with a surprisingly gentle touch for its 6.5% abv. Pours a dark chocolate colour with a decent frothy head. Chocolate notes in a generally malty aroma, with the peat betraying its origins. The palate is syrupy and bursting with flavour. As well as the obvious chocolate and toasty notes, there is a subtle fruitiness - figs perhaps. The finish is surprisingly restrained but satisfying. Itís a grand example of a Scotch ale and a good nightís drinking in itself. (Bottle)
DrnkMcDermott (3003) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. A deeper brown than the Belhaven Scottish & St. Andrews ales, of course. A frothy head over a brown body with red highlights. Heavy malts that are very well matched by a dose of hops. Some definite peat smoke impressions that make run close to phenolic.
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
quite a malty taste. medium brown colour. caramel and toffe flavours. decent beer.
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very autumnal beer with its dark amber/ruby colour and leafy hop aroma. Initially there was some harshness from the bold levels of bittering used, however, as it warmed this smoothed out and was marvelously balanced by the malt, caramel + toffee flavours. A good solid beer as mainstream bottled ales go.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured out a dark mahogany color almost brown, with a light tan head that was slow to form but got up to a good size. Rings of lace were left around the glass as this was consumed and tiny bubbles that kept the head fed and alive for a good while. The aroma smelled of dark ripe fruits and a rich maltiness. The taste was similar as sweet dark fruits came first before a more subtle chocolate toffee malt flavor that lingered a bit in the aftertaste. There was a slight bit of hop detected but not much, there was enough their to keep the sweetness balanced nicely. Rich creamy mouthfeel with a medium-full body added greatly to the overall experience. Very drinkable stuff here as the alcohol was not detectable or too high to keep a few of these from going down. Great example of the style that I recommend to all.
HeadOrange (2) - Post Falls, Idaho, USA - DEC 15, 2004 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. This was excellent sweet ale. I enjoyed it alot... on the nose itís sweet... roasted hops can be dectected. Dark in apperance which is good... flavor is wonderful for a wee heavy ale. Sweet and tasty... great nice evening drink.
jzzbassman (1587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one was a really good cold winterís night drink. Iíve never been a fan of Scotch Ales, but I saw its place after this. Thick, smoke, tons of malt, and not at all cloying.
I enjoyed it with a good pipe smoke of some good black cavendish, and it really brought out the vanilla touch in both beer and pipe.
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong, tart, toffee aroma with some malt and mineral smell. Clear red color with tan head. Sweet and malty in flavor with caramel and a little vanilla. Sticks to the palate. I would have expected more smoke and earth.
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark copper colour. clean malty nose. slight head with good lace. not an overpowering beer with its light malt taste something I could have a few of.