Stefano (1864) - Esbjerg, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ruby amber colour with a beige head. Malty aroma with roasted malt. Flavour is roasted malts with sweet caramel. The roastiness is pretty deep down below. Well balanced bitter indeed.
wheresthepath (1521) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2008
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
I’d had this when I was in Scotland several years ago and found it far too bitter for my taste; when I heard me friend Justin was headed up there I warned him against it. So what did he do? He bought me back a bottle and forced me to drink it when I was around his place (cheers Jus!). Still, at least I can now rate it. Pours a deep red/brown with a beige soap-sud head. Smell and initial taste is of rich sweet malt. Develops into sweet, sticky treacle and sour plums - at this point I was quite enjoying it. However, it’s the aftertaste that gets you - a cloying sticky mouthfeel with a far-too-bitter earthiness, that lingers unpleasantly for ages. Better than I remember, but not one I’d come back to again.
Skinnyviking (6746) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask. Relatively high off-white fluffy lasting head. Very dark red body. Caramel coffee roasted malt aroma and flavor with low carbonation and a long sweet aftertaste.
Bragesnak (5346) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Loch Ness, Scotland.
Dark Brown with small white head. Aroma: Caramel and raisins. Flavor of malt and dryness of roasted barley
CH-303 (1359) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUL 1, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: Dark redish brown. Little bit of off-white head.
Aroma: Malt and dark fruit. Maybe some coffee.
Taste: Nice malt and a bit burnt/smokey. Coffee?
Info: 500ml bottle, 1/8-2007, 180/500
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 30, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Sconser Lodge- Pours Mahagony pours mahagony brown with large frothy head. nose is toast, orange peel, toffee, butter, taste is very light berries, yogurt, and toasty crisp dry finish. nothing exciting.
kmacphail (37) - Isle of Lewis, SCOTLAND - JUN 4, 2008
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I have the same problem with this beer as I do Stag, it’s not available anywhere except from the brewery direct. A gorgeous dark brown ale with an off white head. The taste is dominated by roasted malts and caramel, very similar to stag, except this has an added hint of smokiness to improve the flavour. Great for any lover of dark Scottish ales.
bembelembe (216) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 19, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown colored bitter. Dominant roasted malt with caramel. Smokey feel. Dry and sweet aftertaste. Low in carbonation.
thewolf (11113) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ YNWA, Kolding. Pours a deep brown amber with a small creamy white head. Good lacing. Aroma is deep toffee, biscuits and caramel. Okay mouthfeel. Flavour is soft, caramel, toffee and a nice hoppiness. Extremely well-rounded.
Beese (1462) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2014 Bottle from Tesco, Wokingham. Poured a bright amber, with a thin, tight white head and some lacing. Malty aroma, with sweet brown sugar and damsons. Similar sweet, malt heavy flavours; toffee and brown bread. Very little hop character. Finish was grain, hay and the smallest amount of residual grassy hops.