Firefaery (19) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mahogany in color and beautiful lacing. Sweet malty aroma with a rich malt flavor. I just loved it, plain & simple.
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great coloring, nice malty body thats not over done. The ABV is invisible. Great stuff.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This pours a very nice garnet color with hues of brown and red with some great head retention. The aroma is full of toffee and caramel with some light smokiness in the flavor, perhaps a light peatiness. This is very good and craves to be served with some smoked sausage.
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
WCCII: Dark red-amber coloured beer with a small head. Weak light fruity aroma and light sherry like taste. It has a neutral to light bitter finish. A very nice beer.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
WCCII: More malty goodness from Scraff. Medium dark bourbon under a short lasting tan head. Surprisingly mild vinous and malty slightly soapy aroma. Medium intense biscuity and molasses malt with hint of smoky nut flavours. Soft smooth low sweetness finish.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to scraff for bringing this to When Continents Collide 2. Aroma was metallic with smoked malts. Flavor is smokey, caramel/toffee, slight hop/alcohol bite on the finish.
TheBeerGod (6029) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to scraff for bringing this to When Continents Collide 2! 2003 vintage. Reddish brown body with a small brown head. Sweetened and smoked caramel notes make up the aroma. Sweet taste with more caramel and some lighter cocoa notes. Body was a little bit thinner than I expected, but this was still good. And I'll reiterate what I said about Duclaw's beers, they're damn good!
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2004 WCC2-Poured a clear red color with a fast dissapating yellow/tan head. Sweet carmel, toffee, and malt aroma. Very similar taste with some vanilla and nuts also present. Great scotch.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 11, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A truly amazing ale...my favorite in the style so far. Dark currant color. Noted the smoky malts as more of a rich, woody denseness. Incredibly full malts dance with a flavorful medley of raisins, praline, dried apple, and plum. Creamy throughout, lightly bitter (hops mingle subtly) with lasting earthy malt finish. I don't see how a scottish ale could get better than this but I hope to have the Alesmith soon so I can find out. :) Scraff, if I can ever send you anything in exchange for another of these bad boys, please don't hesitate to let me know.
TAR (2689) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003: Clear plum. Compact, rocky, dusty-white bubbles. Beautifully sharp aroma of earthy malts and chocolate-drenched prunes. Fairly airy underneath the charred sugars, black cherry, wax, powdery malts, and leafy hops. Dense body. Creamy mouthfeel. Sweet, resounding malts and creamed plum flavors are backed by a mild peatiness. The subtle airiness cuts through the charred sugars, moist wool, and peat notes. The malts continually climb into a decadently earthy, cedary backdrop alongside apple skins, dried plums, and rich caramel. Lush, powdery, plummy maltiness does a stellar job at withstanding the sugariness toward the end. Brassy, raisiny finish with a mild note of chocolate and leather. It doesn’t get much better than this: Plenty of earthy flavors and aromas to go along with a thickly creamy body, sweet, luscious malts, light peatiness, and leafy hops. Remarkably crafted. Thanks, scraff!