Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear, deep copper color with a big, lingering white head. The aroma is strongly malty with some smoke notes and a bit of alcohol present. This one has a medium body with medium carbonation and a very smooth and malty flavor. The finish is long and lingering with malty tones of smoke, caramel, and licorice. Smooth and delicious, this is a great Scottish Ale to drink and savour anytime of the year.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 14, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale red color, with a medium-sized thin white head, slightly cloudy. Aroma has caramel, malt, oak notes, burnt oranges, and a bit of creaminess. The aroma seems a bit confused to me, not bad, but not great. Flavor is malty, with caramel and orange and a bit of sweetness. Very carbonated. Overall not a bad ale, but I've had better scottish ales.
thedm (5776) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 The aroma of the ale reminded me of fruit. It is definitely not a typical aroma for me to sense. The head was very carbonated with very fine bubbles that lingered a long time. The taste was different for me and I am having trouble describing it. Many fine bubbles continued to rise from the bottom of my glass well after I poured it. The color of this ale is a pleasant medium amber. Overall, I liked it, but I much prefer the Bocks and the porters.
ravidesai (978) - Bombay, INDIA - MAR 4, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark full bodied scotch ale. very malty stuff here with only a trace of hops. taste is rich and has butterscotch, peat and whisky.
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 25, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Yes, I see that this beer is well liked. I personally did not like this bready malt that was used, very average ale. Sharp in front but boring at the end, soft light bitterness. Thanks Doug!
GregClow (3214) - 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 (10642) - 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 (153) - 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.