Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
One finger off white head. Color was a dark amber/medium brown. Taste is slightly creamy with hints of malt, smoke and fruit. Finish was a little dirty, and left an odd aftertaste that was not good, but was not offensive either.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby bronze color with a tan head and light lacing. The aroma is very sweet with spices & sage along with a nice balance of hops and alcohol. The flavor is very unique and bites with a good bit of alcohol and creamy roastiness. Finishes with a nice brown sugar/molasses end.
brewcat (5) - USA - APR 4, 2004 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a brilliantly clear and crisp mahogany/red copper. A nice dense tan head quickly formed and retained fairly well fed by a continuous sprinkle of small CO2 bubbles. Body had a relatively smooth texture that was interrupted by a fizzy CO2 burn. I'm not sure whether I liked the contrast or not. Malty/fruity sweet aromas seem to dominate and fit somewhere in the cherry/vanilla cola world. Carmel, maybe woody/sherry but not smokey. Palate compliments the aromas well, but only with a general sweetness and mild bitterness. The short finish is my only slight criticism of this one.
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mahogany pour with a small white head and spotty lacing. Wine grapes, malt, sourdough, caramel, toffee and grapefruit aromas. Smoky. It covers everything besides the alcohol. Too much smokiness!
Dorwart (2535) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great big off-white head of fine bubbles. Very creamy. Funky but good aroma. Notes of cookie dough, sweet malts and some other stuff which eludes me at this time. Color is an excellent dark red mahagony. Flavor is rich and malty with roasted grains, caramel and a bit sweet. Finish is smooth and creamy with very little aftertaste. A very good quality scottish ale.
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark red look with thick head and good lacing. Sweet smell with a caramel kicker. Taste was more of roasted caramel with a hint of fruit. The finish was really fizzy.
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the Peoria Int'l Beer Festival. Dark amber in color, it reminds me of the chunks of dried amber from Jurassic Park. I expected to see a mosquito suspended in the middle of the glass. Head is very thick with very nice lacing. Sweet caramel malt aroma. Lightly roasted malt flavor, with peat and wet hay rounding it out. Highly carbonated. Finishes sour (straw).
Cobra (1100) - - MAR 12, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml. brown bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere. Loud pfffttt when opened. Poured out a mahogany red color, deep and dark. Slight, tannish colored foamy head that left a decent lacing down the sides of the glass. Aromas are of malts, and more malts.
Slight smokiness to it as well. Hops are subdued in both aromas and tastes. But, not so much in tastes. There is a bitter tang to the finish of this beer. Rich mouthfeel fills the mouth with a smooth maltiness, followed by a smoky bite towards the end. A truly well made beer from the Scottish.
bruno1378 (126) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got a bottle as a gift, aged a few years before I drank it. Very aromatic and carbonated when first poured. A beautiful amber color when held up to the light. Good flavor, but I agree it's a bit light for a beer called "heavy". Certainly enjoyable!
guzzler67 (1663) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep copper color with a small head. Sweet malt and toffee aroma. Lots of carbonation behind a smoky, peat-like taste that was well infused with dark fruit flavors. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Slightly bitter finish with a fair amount of earthiness.