thehoff (598) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2003 This is a superb old Scottish ale. The complexity of the flavor is the highlight of the drink. Tangy and berryish, but not sweet. Kind of like berries that aren't yet ripe. Smells like iron, and nuts. Awesome.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 31, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2003 Poured almost opaque amber hue with reddish tint when held to light. Thick, quickly disapating head. Nice lacing. Aroma of smoky malt. Nice warmth and smoothness on the palate with a lingering mild sweetness. Smooth finish. Great brew. Very impressed.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish copper hue with a big frothy off-white head that produced outstanding lace. Aroma hinted of grapes, berries, chocolate malts, light pine, and floral garden flowers. Taste and mouthfeel was intitially sweet and smooth then developed a acidic twang and minor smokyness. Lingering fruitiness on the palate. The unique flavors can throw some for a loop, but I found the combination excellent and not boring. I recommend to anyone who likes Belgian Lambics or fruit beers.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear ruby orange hue. Roasty smokey nose. Chocolate and fruit. Small light beige head. Pleasantly light-footed on the palate. Caramel, biscuit, leather, light to medium bodied, cherry, faint smoke, stone, and wood; folding into a crispy, lightly herbal hopped finish. Very drinkable, and better with warmth.
RobBestwick (845) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
fruity/malty aroma, pours with a dark ruby hue and a white head, cherries/strawberries with malt undertones, very thick palate with a lingering sweet finish.
igneous1 (1533) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very hazy with an odd color..looks kind of like french fry grease that has been used about ten times too many. not much of a head though. aroma is pure butter and caramel in the malts with hints of wood and earth. flavor does have a little hint of sourness with a sweet finish. it looks heavy in the glass and as if it might coat your tongue, but it is quite drinkable. this one surprised me as i've never even heard of it, not to mention finding it in arkansas..cool find.
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear red colour with a large tan head, malty nose, with just a slight hop accent. Tasted a little dull, mainly malty, flat, nice bitterness but it lacked any real strength of character to make it stand out.
Ernest (7351) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2003
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers), hint of whiskey. Flavor is moderately sweet, heavily acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, heavily acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. A 3.7 average for this?! It's on the top ten Scottish ale list? Suuuuuurrrre...if you like the aroma boring and the flavor very sour. Yet again, well before the best before date so no reason for me to think this is ruined. Infected at the brewery maybe, but I think this is just the Broughton way...Black Doug and Merlin's were both sour as well despite being "fresh". Drain pour.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2003
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Copper color with a large rocky off white head. Sweet caramel malt aroma. I found this way too sweet, the palate clinging, and the aftertaste, well like an old jock smells.
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Just a few months past the "best before date", this reddish-brown brew offered a very light aroma of dirty, earthy malts and a slight oaky or woodiness. Although caramel was the dominant malt flavor, it was not as sweet and enjoyable as I like. Sort of jumbled at the end with strange smokiness and a bit harsh, maybe from the strange and high amount of carbonation. I left 1/3 of the glass.