jazz88 (2600) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 23, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a glint of ruby through the light. Lots of smoke in the malts. Beautiful dark red fruit in the aroma.
Ungstrup (30177) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2002
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark red beer with a good head. The aroma is fruity and a bit sour. It is very sweet for a Brittish ale. The flavor is typically ale fruity with some unrecognizable spices and hints of the alcohol content and in ends in a slight bitterness. A very nice ale.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 4/6/02: superb malty aroma, deep amber color, and a taste to die for, this is the best scottish ale i have tasted...Re-Rate 8/3: Wasn't as good the second time..maybe because this time I wasn't caught of guard by the unique flavor..Re-re-rate 9/23: real smokey..like wood chips..I was more caught of guard than the second time..I don't ever remember noticing how smokey this beer is..
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber, off-white head. Very nice aroma: chocolate, coffee, heavy fruits, and some smoke (kind of reminded me of that sweet tobacco smell from pibes, but maybe the location of Dunbar played a trick on my mind). The dark malt is dominating the very tasty flavour, but it is also quite smoky - perhaps even peaty. A bit too sweet, however, and the mouthfeel is surprisingly thin. Still, a wonderful Scottish ale.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very malty, rich and sweet up front.. refreshing cleansing finish. Could drink this one all night.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bready, slightly vinuous aroma. Garnet colour with big beige head. Extremely malty, perhaps even salty, like Vegemite, so as an Aussie, I like it. A bit roasty at the end.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 21, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark red brown with a small short lasting beige head. Malty treacle, caramel and woody aroma, something fruity on glass swirl. Medium light bodied - characterful ale-like medium bitter sweet start. Quite a sweet finish and slightly drier bitter aftertaste.
winkle (477) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours a deep mahgany colour with a good medium head. Well rounded malty smokey flavours in a good body. A most plesant beer.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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).
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - SEP 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Excellent aroma with the complexity that should come out of a wee heavy: fruit and alcoholic bite. It was okay but something just didn’t sit right with me it was probably the thin mouthfeel that didn’t go with the flavor very well. Up the strength a little bit and you’ve got a great brew.