humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUL 7, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I donít see (or taste) whats so freakiní "heevy" about this beer. In fact I found it to be rather flacid. The flavors are light and quite dull. No malt, hops or twigs and berries to set things off. A little smoky. Aroma was nearly non-existent. Quite boring, actually.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JUL 3, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(on bottle) All in all Iīm diaspointed over this one from Belhaven. Therīs no trace of tar, earth, heat or any other scotch-carataristics in eitherthe very full malted atse or the dry-fruit-sweet aroma. the taste goes on to become even more sweet to the end of the drink and does not at all go well with a heavy alcohol bitter aftertaste.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This offering has a little bite to it, but not so much that you canít enjoy every ounce of its malty goodness. One of my faves.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. Great looking ale; I dig the heavy glass bottle and the lion(?) on the label. Pours with a persistent thick foamy head. Great malty and bready aroma, but a bit thin on flavor, body, and taste.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pors with a nice frothy head; ruby colored body; cookie, caramel, toffe, and nutty flavor; A tasty, lightter bodied wee with a nice sweet malt base, woody background and slight smoke flavor. Notch it all up a bit and it would be great.
heemer77 (5217) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2005 On tap at the Ginger Man in Dallas. Thick creamy head. Dark brown color with amber highlights. The taste is smoky applewood with beef jerky and some bubblegum. Very pleasant and mild. Would make a good session beer. Sampled again in the bottle. The aroma is smoky with apples and some caramel. There is also a dry woody note. I agree with my previous tasting notes.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color is a dark garnet, head is full, frothy, cream-colored. Aroma: a potent blend of fruits and spices. And is that a hint of juniper I detect? Iím getting cherries, grapes, an explosion of flavor floods the palate. Full carbonation, moderate hoppiness, with a dissappointingly thin texture. Reminds me of a milder version of an old favorite, Youngís Old Nick.
Mellow, mild, and flavorful. And extra points for the cool lion on the label.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JUN 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color is beautiful. Itís a deep ruby brown. Pretty much no head after a few minutes. Very malty, medium sweet, with a slightly chalky, dry finish. Has wood tones to it. Kind of musty with a slight wet cardboard taste. The more I drink theless I enjoy it. Itís pretty good, but itís no Alesmith. Leave it up to them to have a better Scottish ale than the Scottish. I bet this tastes a lot better in Scottland though.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle served at 52 Degrees F. Pours a thick ruby brown color under a thin off-white head. Beautiful, but fairly faint aroma of roasted malt, peat smoke, ripe dark fruit and toffee. Mouthfeel creamy and smooth with appropriately low end carbonation which adds greatly to enjoyment. Flavor starts quite sweet, brown sugar/caramel-like and develops into a buttery, woody profile with faint hints of smokiness, figs and raisins. A bit more in the alcohol department, say 7.5%, would really make this a fine Scotch Ale. Well balanced and representative of style, but I found it a bit timid in all areas.
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is good. But unless I open up the hole in my leg Iíll never get past one. SOOO big I canít get my stomach all the way around it. On tap in Fort Worth Texas. I assume, by the nature of the head trhat this brew is served on nitro. Thick, creamy and delicious. Smells like dirt, freshly mown grass and merlot. Tastes like a retardedly heavy single malt scotch. The smoked peaty flavor really comes thruogh especially on the back of my palate. Mouthfeel is great. Thick and creamy like a peat moss milkshake. Good brew. Hard to drink a full one due to its richness and thickness. Iím sure there are better ones out there though.