Beersiveknown (2366) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home from appellation wine, dalry rd
thin cola brown with offwhite lacing. Loads of fresh pithy tangerine, cocoa, Zingy ginger, Belgian esters, full bodirdi, medium carbonatiob, sweet and zesty citrus hops, sweet milk chocolate, dry cocoa toasty finish.
McNeillR (866) - SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darkest mahogany, oily beige film head. Bright spicy lychee with a rich nutty treacle. Earthy and vibrant bark, brown paper bag dryness but oily overtones. Finish is odd roasted? Very sweet and slippable with a compost bitterness that catches up with you.
Bottle, Cornelius, Edinburgh
zimbo (464) - SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with some thin orange sparkle. Rich tan glossy head. Roast, Spice & yeast nose. Dry earth,leather, nut and some fur on the palate with a bitter end. Like Old Peculier but with less fruit sap and more edge.
MalcolmTucker (636) - SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg @ cloisters. Dark brown with a thin head. Chocolate, roast, dark berry, wee alcohol kick. Smooth mouthfeel. Very good.
Scopey (5267) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. It pours darkest ruby with a small light tan head. The nose is roasted malt, toast, coffee, liquorice, pine, dark fruit, spice, hay and candy. The taste is bitter-sweet, rich roast, toasted brown bread, coffee grinds, pine, resin, light spice, dark fruit, jammy berry, liquorice, candy and light alcohol with a bitter, roasty finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Really rather flavoursome. Good depth and well balanced. Very impressive stuff.
AshtonMcCobb (2012) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle from Appellation Wines.
Appearance - opaque black with a generous head.
Nose - citrus and pine against a chocolate background.
Taste - more citrus and pine, something medicinal like olbas oil, some earthiness in the background with crunchy honeycomb too.
Palate - medium to full bodied, big challenging texture and a very drying finish.
Overall - I’m not sure this has the underlying nuttiness I would expect from Scotch Ale, probably closer to stout. It’s also very complex but more complex than balanced - but regardless of that, it’s a good beer.
cgarvieuk (12765) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
keg at cloisetrs ... deep brown ... thin tan head ... soft roast nose ... fruity blackcurrant roast ... fizz ... very fruity but too fizzy ...
Lonick (676) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 6, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with a slight hint of red. It starts a little sweet with a chocolate kick but then the bitterness and the hops kick in. The alcohol is hidden at first but then comes in at the end with a real warmth, very nice
Scottishchris (96) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 3, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cornelius. Pours dark brown with ruby and a small tan head. Medium lacing. Coffee on nose and caramel with a hint of pine. Chocolate flavours on medium sweet start. Longish finish. Hides the alcohol well. Really solid.
allmyvinyl (1781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle shared with jeevan. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Caramel and liquorice aromas, some chocolate and coffee, and a woody note, I’m guessing from the pine cones? Sweet taste and pleasant lingering light bitterness. Long finish. Good stuff.