GregClow (2973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2003 Clear dark amber colour with a respectible beige head. Caramel malt and wood smoke in the aroma. A little light on the tongue, but the flavour is nice and smooth, with the caramel and smoky malt suggested by the aroma, and some licorice & vanilla hovering around the edges. Could do with a bit more assertiveness in the finish, but otherwise, it's a solid brew.
hopscotch (10075) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer mega-kung fu rocks the house!
Crystal clear, lovely deep amber hue. Small, creamy, khaki head. Slowly, but mostly diminishing with poor lacing.
The aroma is vineous and tart. Tawny port and red wine vinegar come to mind. Notes of purple grapes, American White Oak, butter and grapefruit. Caramel notes surface as the ale nears room temperature.
The flavor has vineous (tawny port) blasts with lightly sweet bursts of dark fruit and lightly pungent hints of buttermilk up front.
Well-balanced with a nice hop addition and tart on the tongue on the backside of the flavor. A whisper of warm alcohol creeps its way down into the abdomen.
Medium-bodied with a very creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Long, fizzy, dry finish.
This beer is a great example of why Scottish Ales are my favorites.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
If not a poor man's Fuller's Vintage, then at least a petit bourgeois's Fuller's Vintage. This has wonderful lacing and a big frothy head. THe nose is caramel, fruit, spice and wood, perfectly setting up the balanced flavor that mirrors it. So smooth, so noble. Top notch. My sample expired January 2002. Held up beautifully.
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty and sweet aromas and flavor. Reminded me of Traquair Ale a bit (nowhere nearly as good though). Very smooth and drinkable Scottish Ale.
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice caramel sweetness on the beginning, with slight fruitiness spiciness in the middle. Good caramel nose. Very little head over a deep copper body. Very pleasant finish. Good beer for cold weather.
radiomgb (2478) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber colour. Aroma is malty, caramel, some chocolate. The flavour is the first Broughton beer that I have had that is not watery. This one was slightly sweet, soft chocolate and caramel. Finishes with a nice caramel maltness.
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Description is right-on, slightly sweet with a hint of licorice. I can’t say this tops their Merlin Ale but this is good in it’s own sense.
Dorwart (2431) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours to a slighty frothy head which quickly dissipates. Great dark amber/orange color and clarity. Hint of plum? in the aroma. Definate taste of licorice in the mouth along with some sweetness of caramel. Little weak on flavor though. Light end, medium bodied ale which goes down smooth with a slight warm of alcohol. A decent beer in a great bottle.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Peachy and appricot aroma with a light touch of alcohol. Copper color with a head that get thin very fast. Nice fruity taste that does not seem to go in any one direction other than light friut. Finish is on the sharp side. Good but not great, It could use to be a litlle more flavorful.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2003 delicious sweet-malt-hop flavor (that is to say, well balanced - there are many flavors mingling here) beautiful color! It's a pitty that I was only given 2 bottles of this. must try some more.