Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark ruby color with a big beige head. Heavy lacing. Smoke and fruit aroma. Flavor is sweet, smokey, fruit, caramel. Finish is smokey and bitter.
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAY 21, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very sweet, malty beer but not overbearing. Can't wait for the next one.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish brown with thick foamy head that clings well. First smell was alcohol as I opened the bottle then malt. This Ale is super malty and full bodied. Flavor is sweet and malty, I hardly notice any hops and is only slightly bitter if at all. Nice Scottish Ale with every classic attribute of the style.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The Wee Heavy pours out a rich, medium red. Average sized creamy head, lasted a fair time. Nice clear body. The first scent I picked up from it was must - it smelled a bit old, and the taste confirmed it. It has a nice light malty flavour, seems a bit toasted to me. Good finish, very easy going down. I'd give it higher points if it didn't have that slight musky flavour and smell, and my bottle also tasted a little soured.
Caton (160) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite OK. Slight caramelly aroma, slight hint of smokiness. Palate is quite sweet, but a balanced sweetness. Malty, raisiny, peaty, caramelly, a bit peppery towards the finish. Probably one of the better Scottish ales i've had (behind Traquair House Ale).
ArlenWilliams (15) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2003 Rather than describe in detail, I'll say it's quite caramely and smokey. Catch it before it turns porky.
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium orange-brown. Aroma is lightly malty (caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs), with a light note of plum, hint of smoke. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy and velvety texture, lively carbonation. Outstanding mouthfeel and a pleasant flavor balance make this enjoyable to drink, but the aroma is pretty light and uninteresting.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogany in color with a tiny white head. Smells like alcohol, malt and caramel. Taste like caramel and toasted malts. Gets a nutty flavor the more it warms.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep brown with a haze of auburn running through when held up to the light. An off white head that is now diminished and just clinging around the edges of the glass. A rich malt aroma that hints at sweet chocolate and caramel. A medium body that fills the mouth nicely. A touch astringent. The flavor is not as sweet as the aroma suggests. A toasty, malty flavor with some caramel. A bit bitter and dry in the finish. A touch metallic in the aftertast that is not real bad. The sweetness emerges, of course, as it warms with some nuttiness.
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a masterpiece!!! The best beer from UK! It is candy. Nice malty and caramelly. Licorice is very dominating. It is roasted and extemely complex! When you get through the bottle you imidiately want more! This is perhaps the best evidence that a beer is great, and this, Ladies and Gentlemen, is divine!!