dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark burgundy with tons of bubbles. Off white largely dissipating head -- quite lasting. Initial smell of apple juice, caramel, quite floral on top of the quite present alcohol. Taste is unlike anything I’ve had. hits completely different places on my tongue for beer sweet malts, whisky?, ginger, toffee and smoke. Interesting!
pootzboy (1689) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Came in the 500ml bottle...pours an impressive dark copper with crimson highlights.Nice creamy-sticky tan cap that lasts. Lightly carbonated. Aroma is heavenly...sweet mustiness with spicey-woody tones. Mouth feel is slick with a lovely smokey toffee and fruity tastes from the sweet malts and yeasts in a complex blend with the woody, cedar/piney hops.Finish is long and evolved as the complexity drops away to a slow drying....sweet bready after taste.
A very good Scotch ale.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice one!!! Sweet malty aroma, with hints of molasses and caremel. Pours a dark amber body. Nice off white head with decent head. Taste is sweet, heavy caramel, malt, and some hops bitterness. Nice!!
A beer to be respected indeed.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells of malt, toffee and caramel, clear ruby, pours a huge, thick tan head, some pretty lace too. Woody and malty flavours at first, with bitter almond in the middle, and caramel/butterscotch at the end. Rich, creamy texture, softly sweet, nice bitterness towards the finish. Terrific!
Crockett (1072) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very syruppy and attractive red with a firm off white head. Decent lace. Good mouthfeel. Aroma of dull wood smoke and earthy soft chewy malts. Toffee, toast, caramel, must, vanilla, chocolate and leather. Late grape/raisin, molases, and grassy hops. Some grapefruit. Toasted nuts and butter. Very solid.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a transparent ruby red with a tan head. The head diminished rather quickly, but nice layer remained as well as a patchy, slippery lace. The aroma was primarily of malt, (not strong) with some roasted background. The flavor is malty, smokey, of roasted malt with a very slight bite at the finish.. The mouth feel is? somewhat creamy, but not very full, almost watery, and a slightly dry.
IMHO: I was really excited about trying this beer, and a little disappointed.
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great scotsh ale with the color of african hardwood,(dark-brown with red shine). It has a small airy head and the smell is rich and malty with hints of nuts, marzipan and dried fruits. It has a rich and full mouthfeeling with nice maltyness and a good selection of fine hops that gives more backbone to this great brew.
vanvenlo (1681) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
29 Aug ’04 Aroma: Lovely ripen sweet fruit malt and hop aromas. Appear: Dark brown with a slighned tinge, creamy brown head, lasting suds lace. Flavour: Heaps of smokey coffee some sweetness, light hoppiness. Palate: A bit thin low bitterness the taste sits flat on the tounge at the finish.
Lunkie (1751) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Burnt malt aroma. Clear black colour with good head. Bitter burnt malt flavour. Flat palate.
ClarkVV (5369) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 bottle. Pours a dark mahogany brown, somewhat clear, with plenty of tan head. Smells of sharp nuttiness, hints of treacle and dark maple syrup. Hints of alcohol laced caramel malt with a touch of scotch. Though for all of that, it’s quite tame. Flavor is very sweet, lots of brown sugar, caramel and honey. With the creamy consistency, it gets pretty heavy and sweet. Hints of smoke adding a bacon like sort of flavor, very subtle. No bitterness, no hops apparency. Finishes creamy, sweet and with a touch of scotch-like bitterness. Quite good, but gets too sweet and could definitely add more peat smoked malt without going overboard.